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TSTC PD Buys Hybrid Vehicles

Thursday, October 17, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

hybridTexas State Technical College Police Chief Aurelio Torres knows the importance of "doing your part" when it comes to the environment.

And recently, with the support of the TSTC administration, Torres purchased two hybrid vehicles to add to the department's fleet, becoming the first police department that uses hybrid vehicles.

A 2010 Ford Focus and a 2013 Toyota Highlander were added to the department along with a full electric golf cart to go along with a Ford Crown Victoria.

TSTC President Cesar Maldonado said the college and its different departments take pride in striving to be a more environmentally conscious campus.

"Sustainability is a growing component in business and in our personal lives," Maldonado said. It's important for our students and college community to not only practice environmental awareness but to also take a lead in developing new ideas in sustainability."

Executive Vice President of Financial & Administrative Services Teri Zamora said this purchase compliments the 10-year Campus Master Plan which will promote a more pedestrian campus environment.

"We have several goals and strategies in TSTC Harlingen's sustainable transportation plan," Zamora said. "One of them is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the new hybrid police vehicles help us achieve that goal. Our continued and growing partnership with the Valley Metro Bus system is also working toward achievement of the same goal."

A traditional patrol car like the Crown Victoria uses up more gas, especially while sitting idle on Loop 499. This is a popular point where the TSTC police monitoring traffic, TSTC PD Chief Aurelio Torres said.

"I had my reservations (about hybrids) at first but they're a great investment," Torres said. "In the long run you can save that money and use it for other purposes,"

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