An investigation from the Santa Fe New Mexican found that at least 14 new police vehicles have been sitting idle for a year waiting to be upfitted with equipment due to insufficient staffing.
When the request to buy new vehicles was first submitted, the majority of equipment was expected to be installed internally at the department’s radio shop. According to the New Mexican, the city employee in charge of installing police radios and other equipment retired and his position has not been filled. Two other workers in the radio shop were assigned other duties.
The vehicles were brought to the City Council’s attention this week after the Police Chief requested funding to get radios and other equipment installed by a vendor.
Editor's Note: This story was edited 12/19 to correct the state.