Although many cities regard electric scooters as somewhat of a nuisance, police in Copenhagen are becoming quite accustomed to the two-wheeled vehicles.
Initially celebrated by cities and deemed a solution for sustainability and clean, urban mobility, e-scooters have progressively become less-favoured. Problems caused by irresponsible parking and perception of the vehicles a danger to other road users and pedestrians alike have been particularly significant. However, police in Denmark’s capital have welcomed e-scooters into their expanding fleet, and celebrate the local benefits.
The western suburbs of Høje Gladsaxe and Ishøj have been targeted by the police units and the adoption has already been hailed a success. The e-scooters have enabled mobility where it might otherwise not have been possible by way of historical four wheeled transportation. This has allowed the police to give a better service to the community.
What’s more, the new transportation vehicles have created a closer bond with the public. Inspector Allan Nyring from Copenhagen Vestegns Police commented, “Police on scooters elicit more smiles and pleasant comments than the bicycle, and the officers feel that they get closer to the citizens than in a patrol car.”
Being more welcoming and more accessible are regular interests for many police forces, and the adoption of e-scooters certainly aids in this pursuit.