Simon Cowell — SURROUNDED BY COPS … On Tiny Scooter

Police were ALL OVER Simon Cowell this morning in Rhode Island — providing a 4-cop escort just for the “X Factor” judge on his way to auditions … while he rode on a dinky little scooter.

Simon usually gets a police escort when he”s driven around for “X Factor” stuff, but he”s typically holed up safely in a fancy car. The tiny scooter”s a first.

Luckily, Simon didn”t have to drive far — the Dunkin” Donuts center (where auditions are being held) is only 4 blocks away from his hotel.