Some Pittsburgh police officers have to walk to their beat areas or drive their personal cars on duty, Police Chief Nate Harper told City Council in a hearing on what the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls the decrepitude of cruisers and patrol wagons. City Finance Director Scott Kunka said the administration is buying 30 vehicles a year and trying to catch up following years of neglect of the police fleet, but “thirty is only fulfilling half” of immediate needs, Harper said.
“How do you operate when your fleet is 25 percent down?” Harper asked. The six Drug Abuse Resistance Education officers have to drive their own cars to the 50 schools in which they make presentations, he said. In the past three years, about $4.5 million has been spent on police vehicles, said Kunka. That bought 90 vehicles.