The Municipal Services Committee accepted a staff recommendation to authorize the purchase of 16 Ford Explorer Hybrid Police Interceptor Sport Utility Vehicles, two F-25 trucks, two Ford Mustang Mach-E vehicles and one Ford F-450 truck.
The hybrid Explorers and the Mustangs will be used to replace aging vehicles in the police department’s fleet.
“These vehicles will serve as full fledged frontline pursuit vehicles and will be utilized for 24/7 response to critical incidents to critical incidents and investigations associated with public safety that can span multiple jurisdictions,” according to a City staff report.
The purchase will cost $1.65 million.
The department of Public Works is tasked with replacing vehicles in various departments.
In the past the city has purchased gasoline-powered vehicles, but now is purchasing hybrid and electric vehicles.
Local residents have called for the purchase of more climate-friendly vehicles.
The contract also includes two Ford F-250 trucks and one Ford F-450 truck for the departments of Public Works and Housing. The trucks will replace similar units currently in use in those departments for diverse fieldwork, maintenance in the public right of way, landscaping and irrigation activities and building maintenance.