Police in Geneva, Indiana have recently added an unusual vehicle to its fleet of police vehicles, a gas golf cart. The golf cart has been fitted with lights, police radio and siren and has been patrolling in the local community.
To assist with medical emergencies it will soon have a first responder bag and will be fitted with an automatic external defibrillator (AED).
Geneva Town Marshal Robert L. Johnson explained how his officers are finding benefits of the police golf cart, "They really like it for patrolling alley ways, for doing their business checks and things like that because they can get a lot closer to things and they can go places quietly. And they have actually startled some people."
The golf cart is a popular mode of transport in Geneva and the police department finds that their new police golf cart helps the engage in the community and is more economical than a regular police car. Although the golf cart does not replace a regular police car, it has several advantages when dealing with less vital police business.
Although Marshal Johnson was a little coy in sharing the gas golf cart's top speed, he did say that it can manage over 30MPH and returns around 50MPG. I would imagine that this cart has been fitted with some performance golf cart parts, just as is the case with a regular police issue sedan.
This is not the first golf cart used by police departments, but it is one of the first to be used for patrolling the streets, where other golf carts have been used for cerimonial purposes and in parades.