Thanks to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Palm Springs Police Department has three new Segway vehicles, valued at more than $20,000. The tribe’s donation represents its continued commitment to the community.
“We are proud members of our community,” said Agua Caliente Tribal Council Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe. “That’s why it means so much to us to have the opportunity to give back, especially in a way that creates a safer Palm Springs and gives residents here greater peace of mind.”
And Palm Springs Police Chief Alberto Franz welcomed their generosity.
“I gladly accept today’s donation. These vehicles will greatly enhance our officers’ mobility and visibility in the downtown and Spa Casino district, improving safety of the officers and the public,” he said. “The Palm Springs Police Department, along with the residents of and visitors to Palm Springs will benefit from the use of the Segways.”
Segways are used around the world by police officers and public safety entities, as they enable these agencies to display a stronger police presence, move officers three times faster than by foot and allow for greater contact and communication with residents.
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the Palm Springs Police Department have had a long collaboration working together to enhance public safety in Palm Springs, as the Tribe has over the years provided funds for officers, equipment and vehicles. The Tribe also recently became a Silver Lifetime Honorary Member of the Palm Springs Police Officers Association.