The Gustine Police Department is looking to add a bit more green in their routine with the addition of two new hybrid patrol vehicles, which could be partially funded through grants from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
The Gustine Police Department has applied for two grants each in the amount of $20,000 that if approved, would be used to purchase two 2022 Ford Police Interceptor Hybrid AWD vehicles.
The police department has seven marked patrol vehicles in the fleet that are in need of updates, said Gustine Police Chief Ruben Chavez.
“The fleet is extremely old and in need of repair,” Chavez said. “Every time we have to take one in for service it is costing anywhere from $500 to a couple thousand dollars.”
The seven vehicles in the fleet are: a 2002 Crown Victoria; two 2005 Crown Victorias; three 2015 Ford Taurus’; and a 2017 Dodge Charger. Chavez said some of the vehicles have had issues with the transmissions, the differentials, the rack and pinion and steering components.
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District provides grants of up to $20,000 for the purchase of new alternative fueled vehicles that serve as replacement for gas and diesel vehicles. The Public Benefit Grants Program was developed and designed to meet the needs and challenges faced by Valley public institutions by providing funds towards a wide variety of clean-air, public-benefit projects which will provide a direct benefit to Valley residents.
The grant period is through the calendar year and allows for an agency to receive five grants per year. The Gustine Police Department has used three grants previously this year to purchase three Toyota Prius vehicles, two of which are used by administration and the third for various uses.
If the police department is approved for the grants, it would cover $20,000 towards the purchase of the 2022 Ford vehicles, with the city having to pay the remaining costs. The department was quoted a price of $36,783.01 cent per vehicle. In addition the cost of outfitting the vehicles for patrol would run around $17,000 each, Chavez said.
The police department was able to purchase four T3 Motion Patrollers, a version of stand-up electric vehicles, in 2019 with grant funds from the air district.
Chavez said the department has applied for the grants and is awaiting to hear if approved.