Investigation focuses on use of Miami-Dade police hybrid SUVs

Miami-Dade's inspector general is investigating allegations that county police misused a trust fund created to fight environmental crime by purchasing six hybrid SUVs that went to top command staff, including one used briefly by the mayor's office.

The trust fund was established to help the Miami-Dade Police Intergovernmental Bureau ``combat environmental criminal activity,'' including illegal trash dumping, illicit medical clinics and unsafe buildings.

Inspector general agents are also examining whether it was proper for Mayor Carlos Alvarez to use one of the 2009 Chevrolet hybrid SUVs. In an interview Thursday, Alvarez said he had driven a hybrid Chevy Tahoe SUV assigned by the county police, but said he didn't know if the automobile was purchased from environmental task force trust funds.

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