Norwalk will get new police cars as it saves millions on improving its 911 system

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

The police department made the rounds of several city committees and commissions, getting permission 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 had an initial estimated cost of about $15 million, Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik said at last week’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

“About five years ago, we budgeted to replace our entire radio system. We started to hit that process at the end of completion and it’s going to hit the road under budget,” Kulhawik said. “Because, going with the backbone of the state, we don’t need as much infrastructure as we thought. We will be millions of dollars under what we budgeted for this project. We went to the city and asked that $200,000 of the remaining money be reallocated to fund the three vehicles that have been cut for two years.”

The department tried twice in recent years to get funding approved to buy three administrative vehicles, but the funding eventually shifted to more pressing department issues, Kulhawik said.

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