Sunday, September 30, 2007
Take Home Cars
Q: First of all I want to compliment you on this web site and especially the article that is in the Tribune. You do a good job and it is very informative.

Recently you answered a question about take home patrol cars and my question is a two part follow up to that topic. First of all can you tell me what % of SB officers live within the city limits of South Bend? In addition can you explain what benefit their is to the citizens of South Bend when an officer is taking a car to their home in Granger or Mishawaka? Thank You.

A: Thanks for reading and the feedback. As for the cars, I don't have statistics on the total number of officers who reside in the city or not, which is considered personal information.

The benefit of having take home cars is that a number of officers (myself included) are in specialty "on call" units and may need to be utilized at any time. In addition, Indiana officers have arrent and enforcement powers anywhere in the state, so officers routinely may stop cars or assist outside agencies countywide. Part of this arrangement is also that officers who do so are usually not compensated for these services when off duty.
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