Chicago police have a new way to get around: A kind of stretch electric golf cart.
We spotted the contraption on 36th Street in Bridgeport last week. But this isn’t a Cushman meter-maid rig. This is a serious patrol vehicle. It’s not for ticket writing.
Currently there is only one in the city and it prowls a portion of the South Halsted corridor.
The officer behind the wheel (quite possibly the friendliest Chicago Police officer we’ve ever met) is happy to show off his conveyance. It seats four, complete with seatbelts, and can run eight hours on a charge.
This seems like the perfect way to patrol a neighborhood. Nice and quiet. More efficient than waking, but not isolating like a squad car. And it’s far less stinky than a horse.
Hopefully this little innovation is also a sign of stepped up police patrols in the city’s neighborhoods.
Here’s a list of ways we’ve seen Chicago Police getting around. Let us know if we missed any:
- Squad car
- Quad ATV
- Electric cart