GRPD utilize brand new Segways at last movies in the park

Posted at 11:29 PM, Aug 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-22 12:02:45-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- On the last night for movies in the park downtown, GRPD debuted their newest bit of technology.

Friday night, the public filled Ah-Nab-Awen park to watch a double feature of 'Ghost Busters' and 'The Lost Boys.'

Dozens of people showed up in costumes and some even got into character.

Despite the crowds, several movie-goers tell Fox 17 that safety isn't a concern, but if that were to change, GRPD is ready.

For the first time, the police department unveiled their two new Segways, purchased through drug funds and a grant from Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

Chief David Rahinsky say's a great use for those Segways is in Ah-Nab-Awen Park.

"It's not about calling attention to ourselves. It's about an opportunity for us to talk to young people, to talk to people in the park, to talk to people who are tourists here in Grand Rapids," said Chief David Rahinsky.

"This platform will surely make him more noticeable, and if he chooses to activate lights at the end of the movie to help people find the parking lot or just to be visible for any questions, it certainly gives us an enhanced profile," he added.

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. said  despite the increase in crowds they haven't had any issues this year.