Police cars take a beating over the course of their service lives and Walnut Creek PD vehicles are no exception. A proposal up for consideration by the city council at their February 1 meeting calls for the purchase and outfitting of eight new hybrid cruisers – at a cost to the city of $540,830 – to replace vehicles “at the end of their useful life.”
The city’s fleet maintenance supervisor is recommending that the city approve the purchase, with funding for the acquisition coming from the city’s Vehicle Replacement Fund. Eight of the department’s currently used vehicles have are in need of replacement, according to Fleet Maintenance Supervisor Eddie Quiocho, who said the condition of the vehicles made replacement necessary.
Attempting to repair the vehicles would be cost-prohibitive, Quiocho said in a report to the council.