Glenwood Springs Police Going Green?

By: AP
By: AP

Police in Glenwood Springs are going a little greener when it comes to patrol vehicles.

But gas-electric hybrids? Not yet.

Two months after the city signed on with the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, the City Council is giving the green light for the purchase of Chevy Tahoe SUV's.

The city says the Tahoes get better gas mileage than the city's old Ford Expeditions by about three miles per gallon.

Councilman Joe O'Donnell urged the city to consider gas-electric hybrids or other fuel-efficient vehicles.

But Police Chief Terry Wilson says the smaller hybrids just didn't have the room police need to carry their gear and transport prisoners.

And, he says, the city needs four-wheel-drive if officers are to get around the hilly terrain during winter weather.

Still police are willing to make some sacrifices in the name of the saving the planet.

The new Tahoes are slightly smaller than the old Expeditions.

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