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.

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“Please don't feed the trolls.”

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May 23, 2008
 
Perhaps it might mean more visible police coverage on the streets, which in turn would reduce some crimes.

As for whether or not they can drive their cruisers home, it depends on how far the drive is from "the office" at the end of the day. If they take it home, they should pay for their own gas to cover it.

Leaving the engine running is wasteful, it only takes a second to turn the key and restart the engine. Stopping outside the store or having lunch, they turn it off. It makes little difference if they are on a call...if they get a call while on lunch, they have to restart the car anyway.

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May 23, 2008
 
Who among us couldn't use a little more exercise? I am looking forward to my move into town in a couple of weeks so that I can make the 2 block walk to the grocery store or the local Walgreen's instead of starting the engine. Might help me to shed a few pounds.
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May 23, 2008
 
From looking at the cops I see, they could use the workout.
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#4
May 23, 2008
 
That mean while you are being murdered the cop will be walking to your house whata bunch of junk, my taxes pay their salary and the gas for the car dont take the cars from them that is stupid.

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May 23, 2008
 
Good. Maybe now they all won't look 50 pounds overweight.
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May 23, 2008
 
Police officers are way underpaid as it is. One of the small benefits that officers have to help combat some of the issues that come along with low pay is that they do have the "plus" of a take home vehicle. Most of them look at that as a supplement to their salaries. Gas prices are just sick right now - and may be for a long while until our government finally stands up for us and does something - but that doesn't mean that the officers that do their dangerous jobs for very low money should have to suffer. Okay... so make them walk their beats more - that may work for officers that work in cities, but how about the rural areas? Okay, so turn off their vehicles while on a traffic stop or at a scene. Don't take away their one little plus they have going for them.

And, by the way, thank you law enforcement for all that you guys & gals do.
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May 23, 2008
 
You see the patrol cars parked and them sitting there with the engine running.
I know it might be hot if they turn the engine off but they can certainly get out of the car. What if they were on the foot patrol beat or motorcyle patrol? No air condition on those jobs.
Also running errands with the patrol cars. I would suggest leaving the cars at work. Check out a car when they arrive for work.
Quite sometime ago the school bus drivers stopped being able to take their buses home.
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May 23, 2008
 
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!!!!!!!!
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May 23, 2008
 
JDidGirl wrote:
Police officers are way underpaid as it is. One of the small benefits that officers have to help combat some of the issues that come along with low pay is that they do have the "plus" of a take home vehicle. Most of them look at that as a supplement to their salaries. Gas prices are just sick right now - and may be for a long while until our government finally stands up for us and does something - but that doesn't mean that the officers that do their dangerous jobs for very low money should have to suffer. Okay... so make them walk their beats more - that may work for officers that work in cities, but how about the rural areas? Okay, so turn off their vehicles while on a traffic stop or at a scene. Don't take away their one little plus they have going for them.
And, by the way, thank you law enforcement for all that you guys & gals do.


I agree with you. We're lucky that there are officers that are willing to do such dangerous jobs for us at such low pay.

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May 23, 2008
 
Here is a better idea. Get rid ofthose Ford LTD's and Dodge Chargers and switch to a Camry Hyrbid.

The Hybrid gets 42 to 48 mpg vs. The LTD at 15 to 23 mpg.

In fact, we should be doing this to all state, county, and city vehicles. Not to mention, they would probably require a lot less maintenance and they are safer.

The money they save in gas would probably pay for the vehicle in the first two years.
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May 23, 2008
 
JDidGirl thank you for showing your appreciation I would like to show the same thank you to all hardworking law enforcement out there. I know that atleast I and one other person on this forum are thankful that you are willing to DIE for us by any means only making the little amount you do. I am truely thankful.
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May 23, 2008
 
Thank you Billy Jack
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May 23, 2008
 
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!!!!!!!!


Amen to that!!
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May 23, 2008
 
Gee, an end to the POLICE State in our future?
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May 23, 2008
 
RealltBatty you need to check your stats a little better. just look to see how much it is to get the oil changed in one of those. Plus the batteries are only good up to about 100,000 miles and then cost you $10,000 to replace and pay the disposal fee for the batteries. Do you really want police to try an chase the guy that broke into your house and put fear in your family with a toyota camry when he is driving a big v8 come on now. "IM SORRY sir or Mam i tried to pursue that criminal that justed violated you your family and every right you have but you are the ones who decided to give us toyota camry's and well frankly they will only do 65 mph and my pos batteries are starting to die so maybe next time he breaks in to get your TV thats probably to big in the first place maybe he will drive a geo metro and we might stand a chance. I guess you want the police to quit fly the helicopters to look for lost people unless it was one of your own correct?
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May 23, 2008
 
that is so sad .i hope they cach the m f
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May 23, 2008
 
ReallyBatty wrote:
Here is a better idea. Get rid ofthose Ford LTD's and Dodge Chargers and switch to a Camry Hyrbid.
The Hybrid gets 42 to 48 mpg vs. The LTD at 15 to 23 mpg.
In fact, we should be doing this to all state, county, and city vehicles. Not to mention, they would probably require a lot less maintenance and they are safer.
The money they save in gas would probably pay for the vehicle in the first two years.
Yep, and then they wouldn't be able to keep up with those of you who run from the PoPo. You people are never satisfied. You complain, but no, we won't see your fat, lazy butt out there protecting us.
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May 23, 2008
 
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!!!!!!!!
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.
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May 23, 2008
 
ReallyBatty wrote:
Here is a better idea. Get rid ofthose Ford LTD's and Dodge Chargers and switch to a Camry Hyrbid.
The Hybrid gets 42 to 48 mpg vs. The LTD at 15 to 23 mpg.
In fact, we should be doing this to all state, county, and city vehicles. Not to mention, they would probably require a lot less maintenance and they are safer.
The money they save in gas would probably pay for the vehicle in the first two years.


Not sure of the horsepower but I don't think that I would want to rely on a Camry Hybrid to go after a criminal that has committed a crime?
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May 23, 2008
 
Leroy wrote:
Why don't you quit then?
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Why dont I quit what paying taxes sorry i support our government and our government agencies im not down for going against people that help me and my family. I dont know how you think but I am all for law enforcement they all do a job that I wish i was courageous enough to do.

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