The Los Angeles Police Department rolled out the newest member of its squad on Friday: a germ-killing robot.
The $ 110,000 robot emits pulses of ultraviolet light for five -minute intervals, during which the robot's manufacturer says it kills 80% to 90% of germs in the air and on open surfaces.
The LAPD bought the robot after an officer at Central Division – the precinct in the heart of skid row – what diagnosed last month with salmonella typhi the bacteria that causes typhoid fever. Two other Central Division Officers also reported similar symptoms.
In addition to the robot, Central Division also purchased two shoe sanitizers for personnel to use when coming into the building. The machines ̵
L.A. Police Chief Michael Moore wants to get involved with the recent uptick in infectious diseases among officers.
"It's a tremendous step for us," Moore said at the division's Central Division Friday, "at eight-second time out To have their footwear cleaned. "
Central Division Clean, including trimming overgrown trees, is not allowed to enter the building and paving over the roofs
Still, Moore acknowledged that keeping the Central Division completely free because of the high traffic that it sees.
"We are by no means a 100% sterile facility," he said. "We never want to be."
LAPD wants to see the impact of the new robot and the foot sanitizers at Central Division and the experiment proves successful.