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Westford Police receives first hybrid vehicles to add to fleet

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WESTFORD — The Westford Police Department has received the first two hybrid vehicles to add to its fleet.

The funding for the vehicles was originally appropriated in an April 26 Select Board meeting, when the board authorized $57,895 in American Rescue Plan Act funding for the police department to purchase electric vehicles.

“I think if lets us retire another older vehicle out of service and pursues our climate goals for the town, I think it sends a message,” said Tom Clay during the meeting.

The department received its first delivery of two new hybrid vehicles on Monday, July 11.

“With the delivery of these first two hybrids, the department took their first steps in helping the town reach their clean energy and sustainability goals, while also reducing the department’s consumption of fuel,” wrote the department on social media.

Capt. James Peloquin noted that the department hopes to expand its fleet with all hybrid and electric cars in the coming years.

“Westford is a green community,” he told WestfordCAT. “The goal right now is starting in 2024 to be ordering all either hybrid or electric vehicles.”

He continued, “It’s about being in line with the town priorities and making sure that its not only functional, but aligned with the town goals.”

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