Police join the green drive

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A POLICE force is going green as it gets set to introduce its first electric vehicle.

Cleveland Police chiefs say they have taken a step forward in their campaign to drive down carbon dioxide emissions by buying an eco-friendly Nissan Leaf car.

The force has a five-year carbon management plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions by 25 per cent by April 2016.

The Nissan Leaf is a 100 per cent electric vehicle and is powered by a lithium-ion battery..

Cleveland Police Authority chairman, Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond, said he is delighted with the car that will be used in an operational support role.

Mayor Drummond, who is also the environmental champion at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “In an organisation such as the police, reducing carbon emissions is a challenging task as we must continue to heat and light our police stations and fuel our patrol vehicles.

“However, the Authority and force, working with our partners, Reliance and Steria, have identified a number of key projects to bring about our 25 per cent carbon reduction target, with any financial savings being re-invested in policing our streets.”