Cops Change Habits as Gas Prices Rise

Cops Change Habits as Gas Prices Rise

There are 72 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from May 23, 2008, titled Cops Change Habits as Gas Prices Rise. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

With gasoline climbing toward $4 a gallon, police officers around the country are losing the right to take their patrol cars home and are being forced to double up in cruisers and walk the beat more.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WLTX Columbia.

Duh

United States

#42 May 23, 2008
The advantages of issuing patrol cars to the officer and letting him have reasonable other use of it are numerous. The vehicles will last three times as long and at least twice as many miles if one officer takes care of it. The use of the car is also a financial perk for the officer. Their are those of you who think they are overpaid and maybe a few are but in general it is a good employemt incentive and needed. The cars scatter in neighborhoods reduce crime to some degree. If the officer takes the car home he can keep his and the departments equipement in it and be called to duty and go straight to a incident location from home. Dispersal keeps one device or weapon etc from seriously effecting the departments mobility.
cin

United States

#43 May 23, 2008
We been there... done that, last time gas went up. Budgets hurting and positions not being filled.
cin

United States

#44 May 23, 2008
ReallyBatty wrote:
Here is a better idea. Get rid ofthose Ford LTD's and Dodge Chargers...
The money they save in gas would probably pay for the vehicle in the first two years.
Give them all motorcycles and let the criminals run behind them in cuffs...... LE needs the extra room to transport and respond to criminal activity. Cut the "manager" $! Always cut from the top and not the bottom.
smc

Sumter, SC

#45 May 23, 2008
War On Drugs wrote:
<quoted text>
The attempt by the government to control out moral lives has proven to be a horrendous violations of our civil liberties. Many people in our prisons are there for NON-VIOLENT crimes that exists largely of the governments own making. We have largest prison population in the world. And it has been an unmitigated and incredibly expensive social disaster.
Wingo! You hit the nail on the head with this quote!!

Although I am concerned about response time...it's already horrible, will we be talking in days next? If they have to walk, I mean.

I still don't understand why gas is so high that it is negatively effecting gov't agencies yet Exxon is STILL making record profits. Would someone explain this to me??
hunter thompson

Bay Minette, AL

#46 May 23, 2008
i saw a highway patrol suv a few months ago . what the hell is that all about .fr$&^in brilliant
hunter thompson

Bay Minette, AL

#47 May 23, 2008
hunter thompson wrote:
i saw a highway patrol suv a few months ago . what the hell is that all about .fr$&^in brilliant
painted (silver blue)might i add
Happy Hour

United States

#48 May 23, 2008
I would love to see 2 cops walk around in the ghetto on a foot patrol.

It;s wher all the crime is statistically yet they drive through as fast as possible to avoid offending the local gang leaders or seeing anything illegal.

With all the litter and trash piled up in the ghettos and the flooding it causes, you'd think the wonderful cops would ENFORCE littering laws and target litterers in the ghetto.

Nope, kids smoking and littering all over the place on their way to school in plain view of the cops and teachers and everyone else yet no one dares say a word because it is total lawlessness as it is and the politicians are scared chitless of citing people and losing control of their ignorant masses.

Since: Mar 08

Ridge Spring, SC

#49 May 23, 2008
smc wrote:
<quoted text> Wingo! You hit the nail on the head with this quote!!
Although I am concerned about response time...it's already horrible, will we be talking in days next? If they have to walk, I mean.
I still don't understand why gas is so high that it is negatively effecting gov't agencies yet Exxon is STILL making record profits. Would someone explain this to me??
The best I have been able to figure lately is that alot of it has to do with the futures trading of oil. They are forcasting oil to be scarce in a few years, therefore making the trading at todays prices higher. I think it's all a crock of BS myself because only Wall Street and the oil companies are getting richer at our expense on the basis of something that hasn't even happened, it's all "future tradings". OPEC has proven that they did increase oil production to 26.4 million barrels of oil and consumption is only at 26.3 million, therefore leaving 100,000 barrels to the positive.

There are also 3-6 trillion barrels of oil in Colorado that was discovered a while back lying between shale that we can't tap into due to eco-friendly parties in the goverment.

Since: Mar 08

Ridge Spring, SC

#50 May 23, 2008
smc wrote:
<quoted text> Wingo! You hit the nail on the head with this quote!!
Although I am concerned about response time...it's already horrible, will we be talking in days next? If they have to walk, I mean.
I still don't understand why gas is so high that it is negatively effecting gov't agencies yet Exxon is STILL making record profits. Would someone explain this to me??
Here's another reason.

Why crude moved up again
Crude jumped again Friday in part on fears that a more active hurricane season now being projected will threatened oil and gas production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico.

The prices also got a boost because of rising global demand, tight supplies and a falling dollar. The greenback was moving lower against the euro, British pound and the yen Friday and is off more than 1% for the week against all of them.

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the dollar against a basket of currencies, was off 0.5% to 72.06.

“I love Dolly”

Since: Feb 08

FREE STATER

#51 May 23, 2008
Duh wrote:
The advantages of issuing patrol cars to the officer and letting him have reasonable other use of it are numerous. The vehicles will last three times as long and at least twice as many miles if one officer takes care of it. The use of the car is also a financial perk for the officer. Their are those of you who think they are overpaid and maybe a few are but in general it is a good employemt incentive and needed. The cars scatter in neighborhoods reduce crime to some degree. If the officer takes the car home he can keep his and the departments equipement in it and be called to duty and go straight to a incident location from home. Dispersal keeps one device or weapon etc from seriously effecting the departments mobility.
Great post, I agree 100%

Since: Mar 08

Ridge Spring, SC

#52 May 23, 2008
smc wrote:
<quoted text> Wingo! You hit the nail on the head with this quote!!
Although I am concerned about response time...it's already horrible, will we be talking in days next? If they have to walk, I mean.
I still don't understand why gas is so high that it is negatively effecting gov't agencies yet Exxon is STILL making record profits. Would someone explain this to me??
This one has a supply located in Canada as well. There is oil out there though, it's just a matter of being able to drill for it.

OIL OPPORTUNITY REPORT

Profit from the Oil Reserve
8 Times Bigger
Than Saudi Arabia's

Some optimists believe the spike in oil prices we've seen over the last three years is merely temporary.

T. Boone Pickens isn't one of them.

The long-time oilman and current chairman of BP Capital Management was recently asked in a 60 Minutes interview when he thought we'd see $1.50 a gallon at the pump again. "We won't ever see $1.50 a gallon again," said Pickens. "No, that's gone."

It's tough to disagree. On the demand side, citizens of the wealthy West aren't using any less oil, nor are the up-and-coming Tigers of the East.

On the supply side, just look at many of the world's biggest exporters: Iran, Nigeria, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. It's a virtual rogues' gallery, filled with nations that represent tyranny, corruption or instability.

Fortunately, the world's single-largest oil deposit sits right here in North America. Time magazine calls it "Canada's biggest buried treasure." It's an area with up to 2.5 trillion barrels of oil, locked in Alberta sand. That's eight times the total reserves of Saudi Arabia, enough to satisfy the world's demand for petroleum for the next century.

Since: Mar 08

Ridge Spring, SC

#53 May 23, 2008
US Marine

Carmichael, CA

#54 May 24, 2008
Sad that you would complain.... Us Marines have to carry tripple the weight and get paid alot less. You don't see us driving around in air conditioned humvies and taking breaks all day. It's not about the money and commodity, it's about serving our country and if it takes walking around all day in full gear so be it! It won't kill cops to start doing more work and being less lazy. It hasn't killed us yet!!! You have to admit.... atleast 70% of the force is over weight or on the heavy side. Exercise never killed anyone. We aren't saying don't use the vehicles because you have to get around from call to call but why should you be allowed to take them home and use them at the tax payers expense. We can't take military vehicles home for personal use. We get in our cars and pay for our own gas. The country doesn't pay us to have the luxury to run our families around in humvies and run our errands in them either. Maybe if cops were'nt allowed to use these vehicles for personal use then there would be less expense in repair or replacement. Do you know how many patrol cars are replaced on a yearly bases. You'd be surprised. There are states that don't allow officers to use patrol vehicles for personal use. Maybe every state should do this... Even with vehicles sometimes the response time is poor. So to say walking would make it worse is most likely an understatement. I think doubling up in cruisers is a great idea and not taking them home is even better! Helps the economy and the environment...
unk wrote:
Ok how about yoy get out of your comfortable air conditioned car and walk for eight or twelve hours wearing boots a bullet proof vest and fourty to fiftey pounds of gear in the ninety degree weather. Oh and still expect when you dial 911 for cops to be there like yesterday. lets think this though a little deeper other than something to complain about. Have cops pay for the gas? dont forget the pay taxes to and still get paid squat to protect your lives and you have the audacity to say "we could all afford to lose some weight." You people never cease to amaze me. So materialistic and whats going to affect you. What about the 7 million dollar deficet that the govenor has been speaking of toward correctional institues where is your concern with that or how about each year most emergency services budget is more and more restricted while inflation takes its toll. Police officers are making less than $30k a year when you have things like secretarys in the city of columbia making twice that along with other "political officials" why cant you the general public make a big deal about that instead of wanting police to go walk around and still expect a good response time!!!!!!!!
Duh

Chapin, SC

#55 May 24, 2008
US Marine wrote:
Sad that you would complain.... Us Marines have to carry tripple the weight and get paid alot less. You don't see us driving around in air conditioned humvies and taking breaks all day. It's not about the money and commodity, it's about serving our country and if it takes walking around all day in full gear so be it! It won't kill cops to start doing more work and being less lazy. It hasn't killed us yet!!! You have to admit.... atleast 70% of the force is over weight or on the heavy side. Exercise never killed anyone. We aren't saying don't use the vehicles because you have to get around from call to call but why should you be allowed to take them home and use them at the tax payers expense. We can't take military vehicles home for personal use. We get in our cars and pay for our own gas. The country doesn't pay us to have the luxury to run our families around in humvies and run our errands in them either. Maybe if cops were'nt allowed to use these vehicles for personal use then there would be less expense in repair or replacement. Do you know how many patrol cars are replaced on a yearly bases. You'd be surprised. There are states that don't allow officers to use patrol vehicles for personal use. Maybe every state should do this... Even with vehicles sometimes the response time is poor. So to say walking would make it worse is most likely an understatement. I think doubling up in cruisers is a great idea and not taking them home is even better! Helps the economy and the environment...
<quoted text>
Thanks for your service Marine. Your right more exercise is needed and some walking around is needed. Otherwise you are absolutely wrong. Check above post. Cops taking cars home improves readiness and saves money because the cars should last longer because they are cared for by the officer they are assigned to. He may be in that car more than his home. I know I took better care of my assigned car than I did my own. That was back in the day. Surely the new generation of cops is not so different. Some of my best partners and subordinates were Marines.
smc

Sumter, SC

#56 May 25, 2008
youre-kidding wrote:
<quoted text>
Here's another reason.
Why crude moved up again
Crude jumped again Friday in part on fears that a more active hurricane season now being projected will threatened oil and gas production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico.
The prices also got a boost because of rising global demand, tight supplies and a falling dollar. The greenback was moving lower against the euro, British pound and the yen Friday and is off more than 1% for the week against all of them.
The U.S. dollar index, which measures the dollar against a basket of currencies, was off 0.5% to 72.06.
I know (most) of that information. What I am really trying to ask (I should have clarified) is why our government is not doing anything to make it easier on the population that is already struggling? Could have a little to do with Bush's personal investments in oil, but that's just my opinion. He would rather see women donating BODY PARTS (the plasma case) for money to buy gasoline than help his citizens....this is one president that may be prosecuted after his presidency is up, one way or another.
smc

Sumter, SC

#57 May 25, 2008
youre-kidding wrote:
<quoted text>
This one has a supply located in Canada as well. There is oil out there though, it's just a matter of being able to drill for it.
OIL OPPORTUNITY REPORT
Profit from the Oil Reserve
8 Times Bigger
Than Saudi Arabia's
Some optimists believe the spike in oil prices we've seen over the last three years is merely temporary.
T. Boone Pickens isn't one of them.
The long-time oilman and current chairman of BP Capital Management was recently asked in a 60 Minutes interview when he thought we'd see $1.50 a gallon at the pump again. "We won't ever see $1.50 a gallon again," said Pickens. "No, that's gone."
It's tough to disagree. On the demand side, citizens of the wealthy West aren't using any less oil, nor are the up-and-coming Tigers of the East.
On the supply side, just look at many of the world's biggest exporters: Iran, Nigeria, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. It's a virtual rogues' gallery, filled with nations that represent tyranny, corruption or instability.
Fortunately, the world's single-largest oil deposit sits right here in North America. Time magazine calls it "Canada's biggest buried treasure." It's an area with up to 2.5 trillion barrels of oil, locked in Alberta sand. That's eight times the total reserves of Saudi Arabia, enough to satisfy the world's demand for petroleum for the next century.
Also another strike in Alaska if I am not mistaken.
Jim Bob

Summerville, SC

#58 May 25, 2008
Impala and Dodge have optional engines that use 4-6-8 cylinders when needed-using these would give added mileage.
mabel

Gilbert, SC

#59 May 25, 2008
I always said that it was't right for the office to take the cars home and take them to the stores and go on vac.And we pay for the gas befor the prices went up. Is't the same for any one that has a car that dont belong to them. I think that they should use their own vehicle .

Since: Mar 08

Ridge Spring, SC

#60 May 25, 2008
smc wrote:
<quoted text> I know (most) of that information. What I am really trying to ask (I should have clarified) is why our government is not doing anything to make it easier on the population that is already struggling? Could have a little to do with Bush's personal investments in oil, but that's just my opinion. He would rather see women donating BODY PARTS (the plasma case) for money to buy gasoline than help his citizens....this is one president that may be prosecuted after his presidency is up, one way or another.
I'm in no way sticking up for Bush but, what could he really do?
He could try to put a cap on gas prices but then the oil companies would just shut the refineries down for "unscheduled" maitainance or some other BS reason. Then we're stuck paying an amount AND having to wait in long lines due to a lack of supply. There are more things he could do but just as many ways to refute them as well.

IMO, we need more domestic drilling and alternate energy. With todays technology, drilling can be done and still be safe for the enviroment.

Alot of R&D has been and is still being done to "perfect" alternate fuel. But is what I have personally seen, is greed. I was going to start making bio-diesel for our trucks but I saw the prices for the components skyrocket due to high demand and not necessarily lack of supply.

On a side note. I had always thought the SEC had rules and laws against "betting" on long term futures, I could be wrong though.That is one thing that's being done now and the main reason for oil prices being so high.
Sad

Hartsville, SC

#61 May 25, 2008
US Marine wrote:
Sad that you would complain.... Us Marines have to carry tripple the weight and get paid alot less. You don't see us driving around in air conditioned humvies and taking breaks all day. It's not about the money and commodity, it's about serving our country and if it takes walking around all day in full gear so be it! It won't kill cops to start doing more work and being less lazy. It hasn't killed us yet!!! You have to admit.... atleast 70% of the force is over weight or on the heavy side. Exercise never killed anyone. We aren't saying don't use the vehicles because you have to get around from call to call but why should you be allowed to take them home and use them at the tax payers expense. We can't take military vehicles home for personal use. We get in our cars and pay for our own gas. The country doesn't pay us to have the luxury to run our families around in humvies and run our errands in them either. Maybe if cops were'nt allowed to use these vehicles for personal use then there would be less expense in repair or replacement. Do you know how many patrol cars are replaced on a yearly bases. You'd be surprised. There are states that don't allow officers to use patrol vehicles for personal use. Maybe every state should do this... Even with vehicles sometimes the response time is poor. So to say walking would make it worse is most likely an understatement. I think doubling up in cruisers is a great idea and not taking them home is even better! Helps the economy and the environment...
<quoted text>
Sad that you would complain, too! You chose to join the marines knowing what you may be subjected to. Maybe it was the upfront money or the free education, so don't whine that you have to carry around equipment. The officers that I know are former marines, they did their time, now let them have air conditioning in this "free" country. They take extreme care of their cars and do not abuse the privelege.

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