By Jon Meoli, email@example.com
10:27 AM EDT, April 19, 2013
Three motor scooters were donated to the Baltimore County Police Department this week, and community leaders hope the new scooters will be used in the downtown Towson area.
The Baltimore County Police Foundation donated the battery-powered T3 scooters at the foundation's annual awards dinner Tuesday in Hunt Valley.
Elise Armacost, a spokeswoman for the county police department, said the donation must be accepted by the Baltimore County Council, and a decision will be made on where to utilize the scooter.
"We are very grateful to the foundation for donating them to us," Armacost said.
Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, said the recent addition of officers on bicycles in the Towson area has made the police presence in Towson more visible. The scooters would be a continuation of that, she said.
"When people see a police officer in a car, sometimes they just assume they're going somewhere else," Hafford said. "But if they see them on a bicycle or something like that, they know they're staying around town. It gives that effect of more police presence because they're so visible."