Cops Change Habits as Gas Prices Rise

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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. Full Story
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RG in Lexington SC

United States

#62 May 25, 2008
I hope the gas prices don't have an effect on where and how often Police Patrol. We as citizens are suffering enough and now we have to worry about Police Safety. What is this world coming to? And Police shouldn't let criminals have knowledge of Patrol car gas problems. They will take advantage of that fact.
Happy Hour

San Marino, CA

#63 May 25, 2008
Sad, they give out traffic tickets and arrest probably one murder/rapist every 5 years on average.
Happy Hour

San Marino, CA

#64 May 25, 2008
RG, don't be so dam afraid, be willing to protect yourself.

I can't afford to pay more taxes for police protection when I should be allowed to protect myself.
hello

Leesville, SC

#65 May 25, 2008
SSS wrote:
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UHH, NOTHING FOR THE APC. IT WAS DONATED.
I'm sorry but police officers work 10x harder than the average person. Your office is probably located in a nice building w/ air conditioning, huh? Their offices are their cars...you probably get to sleep @ 9pm, they never sleep & most times are on call. They have to work x-tra duties, just to make ends meet...you probably drive a nice car & most officers can't afford that. As far as them driving cars home, NOT ALL OFFICERS GET A TAKE HOME CAR! My spouse doesn't. The officer who picks their child up from school may be going home to drop his/her child off & then off to work...you don't know. Leaving their engines running...well in your office do you have air conditioning? Turn it off then....you'll see how long you last in an hot a** office. They leave their engines running for a reason...in the emergency of something terrible happening while @ a stop/call. Their computers must reboot everytime their cars are shut off...so find out your facts about why they leave them running. They are out their trying to protect stupid people & face more crime than the average person will ever know. Get the facts straight before putting them down!!!! We as a society would like to change a lot of things, but the officers working the streets didn't make the rules, the government, senate, house of representatives, etc..they did. Yes, they knew how much money they would be making each year, but they still made the choice to try & help better our communities...for this I think they need a round of applause.
hello

Leesville, SC

#66 May 25, 2008
I believe I commented on the wrong one...sorry SSS...lol
Happy Hour

San Marino, CA

#67 May 25, 2008
Leave their engines running?

Her's why.

so that they can sit in airconditioned comfort while waiting to catch a minivan mom driving 5mph over the posted speed limit 1 second sooner.
Happy Hour

San Marino, CA

#68 May 25, 2008
I think they also turn their head to more crime than the average person will ever know as well.

ESP in the ghetto.
hello

Leesville, SC

#69 May 25, 2008
Just a note to the US Marine...most police depts lease their cars b/c the dept. can't afford to buy them, therefore @ 60,000 miles they must be traded in. City of CLB though they rarely get new cars...they run theirs to over 100k miles & they don't get new cars every year...get your facts. Don't try to justify your career vs. theirs...both are just as equally difficult. You may be out there defending our country, but their here trying to get the criminals off the flippin streets. So, while your in Iraq, their here...As for weight...I've seen military men & women w/ a little extra baggage as well...weight has nothing to do w/ the job that you or they perform.. GROW UP....
US Marine

Rock Hill, SC

#70 Jun 26, 2008
Duh wrote:
<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.
Thanks. I take pleasure in my service to my country. Now on your comment I know of many retired cop car dealerships...lol... Not to mention why can't they replace these cars with less expensive ones instead of running around in new chargers and Impala's? What alot of people fail to realize is that these vehicles need more maintenance because they are used more and the more millage the faster the vehicle is replaced. This maintenance isn't provided out of trooper pocket. Just like the gas it does come out of tax payer money. I just think if cops are allowed to take them home and use them for their personal use then gas, maintenance and repair should be partially their expense.
US Marine

Rock Hill, SC

#71 Jun 26, 2008
Sad wrote:
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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.
First off get it right.... Making a point and complaining are two different things! I fight for you too so have a little more respect for the way you talk to anyone by being ungrateful for the service! Secondly.... their is no such thing as former Marines if you knew any you would also know that!!!! Third I know many cops that abuse their PRIVILEGE and if my statement bothered you then I would guess you are one, are married to one, or related to one! The fact of the matter is I have seen many off duty cops on the road who have turned on their sirens just to get through a traffic jam and then turn them off a mile down the road. I've also witnessed many of them run red lights without sirens on, fail to use signals while changing lanes and run stop signs! Maybe you don't read up but I can remember an off duty cop in Chicago who was driving under the influence in his patrol car and failed to stop at a red light and killed a pedestrian. Yes, this is a "Free" country but only because of those who have fought and given their lives for it to be free. That doesn't mean abuse of the resources we are given. Oh and FYI Marines aren't the ARMY we don't get enlistment bonuses...lol... and Im sorry if I offend you in any way but I am entitled to my point of view just like everyone else and if you are any one else dislikes it than we might as well stop fighting for freedom!
US Marine

Rock Hill, SC

#72 Jun 26, 2008
hello wrote:
Just a note to the US Marine...most police depts lease their cars b/c the dept. can't afford to buy them, therefore @ 60,000 miles they must be traded in. City of CLB though they rarely get new cars...they run theirs to over 100k miles & they don't get new cars every year...get your facts. Don't try to justify your career vs. theirs...both are just as equally difficult. You may be out there defending our country, but their here trying to get the criminals off the flippin streets. So, while your in Iraq, their here...As for weight...I've seen military men & women w/ a little extra baggage as well...weight has nothing to do w/ the job that you or they perform.. GROW UP....
Boy look who's calling the kettle black.... Maybe they should put you out in the streets policing everyone then, so you can stop complaining... Thats the problem with Americans. Everybody wants to complain but then they don't want to do anything about it!!! Stop driving.. gas prices will go down when their is no demand!!! America makes criminals and then wants to punish them. Maybe everybody needs to get their heads out of their asses and start helping out in the community and then maybe you'll make their jobs less difficult ever think of that. Now before you tell someone to grow up look at yourself in the mirror and think to yourself "WHAT CAN I DO TODAY TO HELP CHANGE THE WORLD IN A POSITIVE WAY INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING AND DOING NOTHING AS USUAL" FYI... IT MIGHT BE SO IN THE CITY OF CLB WERE EVER THAT IS BUT NOT EVERY CITY IS THE SAME. SO I HAVE MY FACTS STRAIGHT WERE MY CITY IS CONCERNED!!! OH AND I'M SORRY IF I HURT YOUR FEELINGS TOO BUT THE US IS STATISTICALLY THE MOST OVER WEIGHT COUNTRY OVER ALL.
been around the world

Rock Hill, SC

#73 Jul 4, 2008
I have read all these comments. I agree with alot and don't agree with alot. The beauty of democracy! Truth is like has been mentioned before these men and women knew what they were getting into including the pay... Cars don't make them faster.... When has a 911 call saying someone is about to or in the process of getting killed ever been intercepted in time to actually save that person??? Most people in jails are in jails for minor violations like drug use, violation of probation, child support, etc. The murderers are rarely ever caught by cops in uniform. Those are left to investigators. Yes, tax payer money pays for these vehicles, that also means that our taxes keep going up because the state needs more funds to dip out of. My opinion and nobody has to agree to it.... is that they should have their own personal vehicles to drive around in like everybody else. New York City PD doesn't get any take home vehicles and Ill tell you what they have 10 times more crime to deal with than most other cities. They also have mounted police in parks, police in BICYCLES and on Motorcycles. The job still gets done and it's the same heat just more people to cover. I saw an off duty police officer in his patrol driving without a seatbelt just the other day in Heath Springs. I mean come on.... do they have to take the things home??? Not only that but follow the rules and regulations you sooooooo much enforce! I would have gotten a ticket for driving around without a seatbelt! Who polices the police??? OH and please stop being childish and attacking people who have an opinion. I know that cops and cop wives, husbands, parents... get upset and want to react to everyones comments but I haven't read any comment so far that hasn't been the truth. Remember not every state has take home vehicles, not every state get only vehicles there are other means of transportation and the heat doesn't stop them. We have to find ways to make living better for everyone and cops should not be exempt.

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