Norwalk to get new police cars after saving millions on 911 system upgrades

NORWALK — With the police department’s new emergency communications system coming in millions under the expected budget, the city has reallocated $200,000 for three new police vehicles.

The police department made the rounds through several city committees and commissions, getting approval to move $200,000 from the communications console account to the police car and van replacement account, according to city documents.

The communications console project has been in the works for several years and was originally estimated to cost about $15 million, Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhavick said at last week’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

“About five years ago we budgeted to replace our entire radio system. We started that process and it’s going to come in under budget,” Kulhawick said. “Because, going into the backbone of the state, we don’t need as much infrastructure as we thought. We’re going to be millions of dollars under budget for this project. We went to the city and requested that $200,000 of the remaining amount be reallocated to three vehicles that have been cut for two years.

The department tried twice in recent years to approve funding for the purchase of three administrative vehicles, but the funding was eventually diverted to more urgent departmental matters, Kulhavick said.

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