Chicago Police DepartmentUniform and Property U02-03
Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Device
Issue Date:13 November 2006Effective Date:14 November 2006
Rescinds:S06-09
Index Category:Department Vehicles
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.defines an electric personal assistive mobility device.
  • B.identifies electric personal assistive mobility devices that are authorized for Department use.
  • C.provides current law in regards to electric personal assistive mobility devices.
  • D.establishes Department policy and procedures for certification and use of the electric personal assistive mobility device.
  • E.designates required equipment to be used when operating a Department-issued electric personal assistive mobility device.
II.Policy
Electric personal assistive mobility devices are used to enhance foot-patrol capabilities. Department members will use these devices in a safe manner and within the requirements of state law and the guidelines of this directive.
III.Relevant State Statutes
IV.General Information
  • A.An electric personal assistive mobility device is a self-balancing, non-tandem two wheeled device designed to transport only one person with an electric propulsion system that limits the maximum speed of the device to fifteen miles an hour or less.
  • B.The Department is using the Segway model HT 167 and model XT. Department members will only use Department-issued electric personal assistive mobility devices while on duty.
  • C.Training by the Segway Train the Trainer Course #737 or Segway Police Course #751" and certification by the Peak Performance Driving School Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Device Training Course must be obtained prior to using a Department-issued electric personal assistive mobility device.
    • 1.Effective the issue date of this order, Department members trained and certified during the Segway Human Transporter Pilot Program are not authorized to use an electric personal assistive mobility device while on duty.
    • 2.Department members must attend the Segway Train the Trainer Course #737" or the Segway Police Course #751 conducted after the date of this directive in order to be certified to use Department-issued electric personal assistive mobility devices.
  • D.Department members are required to wear the approved helmet (9161.032) when using the electric personal assistive mobility device. Department members will be issued a helmet prior to attending the Segway Train the Trainer Course #737 or the Segway Police Course #751" session conducted within their unit. The Department member is required to obtain the helmet at the Education and Training Division prior to training.
V.Responsibilities
  • A.Unit commanding officers who have electric personal assistive mobility devices available for use by members of their unit will:
    • 1.identify Department members within their unit who will use the electric personal assistive mobility devices.
    • 2.designate Department members assigned to their unit who will participate in the Segway Train the Trainer Course #737 by Segway Corporation.
    • 3.ensure Department members who will use the devices are trained by the designated Department members who were certified in the Segway Train the Trainer Course #737.
    • 4.ensure Department members are certified by the Peak Performance Driving School.
  • B.Supervisors assigned to units who have electric personal assistive mobility devices will:
    • 1.ensure only Department members who are certified after attending the Segway Train the Trainer Course #737 or Segway Police Course #751 use the electric personal assistive mobility devices.
    • 2.conduct weekly inspections of the electric personal assistive mobility devices within their area of responsibility. The weekly inspection will be noted on the Supervisors Management Log (CPD- 11.455).
    • 3.when notified by a Department member that an electric personal assistive mobility device is inoperable, unsafe, or missing equipment, notify the Department of Fleet Management, Bureau of Police Motor Maintenance, and ensure it is taken for repair.
    • 4.when notified by a Department member that he/she was injured while using an electric personal assistive mobility device, follow the procedures outlined in the Department directive entitled "Sworn Medical Roll-Injury on Duty Status."
  • C.Department members who use the electric personal assistive mobility device will:
    • 1.inspect the electric personal assistive mobility device for equipment and usability prior to using it during their tour of duty. If the device has missing equipment, is inoperable, or unsafe to operate, the Department member will notify their supervisor.
    • 2.wear the approved helmet while using the electric personal assistive mobility device.
    • 3.use the electric personal assistive mobility device in a safe manner relative to pedestrian traffic and obstacles in the operating area.
    • 4.cross a roadway only at a crosswalk.
    • 5.operate the device on the roadway only when crossing a street, except at special events (i.e., parades, festivals, etc.) with the approval of the officer in charge.
    • 6.request an event number immediately from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications dispatcher upon obtaining and returning the electric personal assistive mobility device.
    • 7.if injured while operating an electric personal assistive mobility device, notify their supervisor. The procedures in the Department directive entitled "Sworn Medical Roll-Injury on Duty Status" will be followed.
  • D.The Department of Fleet Management, Bureau of Motor Maintenance, is responsible for servicing Department electric personal assistive mobility devices. If an electric personal assistive mobility device is damaged prior to or during a Department members tour of duty, the Department member will:
    • 1.complete and submit to their supervisor, before the end of the tour of duty, a Department Vehicle Traffic Crash or Damage Report (CPD-22.951) formset, and
    • 2.notify the Control Board of the Department of Fleet Management, provide the Department of Fleet Management with all vehicle damage information, and obtain a Control Board number. The Control Board number will be documented on the Department Vehicle Traffic Crash or Damage Report formset. If the member is unable to make such notification, it will be made by the members supervisor.
  • E.The Peak Performance Driving School, In-Service Training Section, Education and Training Division, will:
    • 1.certify Department members who successfully complete training.
    • 2.supply the affected units with helmets and course cards needed to conduct the Segway Police Course #751 training in the units.
    • 3.forward a list of trained Department members to the Human Resources Division and the affected unit commanding officers.
  • F.Department members operating an electric personal assistive mobility device in an unsafe manner or in violation of this directive will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance to the Department directive entitled "Complaint and Disciplinary Procedures."
Philip J. Cline
Superintendent of Police
06-123 BBO/KD/SRM(PMD)