Stamford police to increase foot patrols to save on gas

In an effort to cut down on rising gasoline costs, the Stamford Police Department announced Thursday that it will be increasing foot patrols around the city.According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Connecticut is about $3.43. With the police department?s 80 vehicles, these gas prices have become a troublesome issue. Police say that this year?s gas bill is expected to increase about $70,000 from last year to a total of nearly $450,000.Other cost-saving initiatives include having two officers per car and cutting back on idling.Lt. Sean Cooney promises that the proposal will not cut back on security. The 18 officers on patrol will be reinforcing police presence in some of Stamford?s problem areas.