Re: Well they really should have use this as community outreach than crime fighting!
Roboplod would describe this better, slow moving and requiring a cop with a controller, it is hardly a sneaky surveillance device.
It's only advantage over the more traditional robots in police use that I can see is the ability to climb stairs, slowly.
While does look like a waste of money, the arguments against it seem to be the usual emotional responses rather than the fact that it is expensive and not really any better in function than simpler cheaper machines.
Sooner or later new, improved versions of this will be what every police commissioner will want, complete with wall climbing, door breaching and minigun carrying capabilities and a Judge badge.