Tuesday, May 08, 2007
More on Take Home Cars
Q:What is the departments rule on take-home police cars? Specifically, are officers allowed to drive the car for personal reasons out of the city they work for (a SB officer driving in Granger, Mishawaka, etc). This is a little disturbing to me to think that tax payer dollars are being used to buy gas for police cars when they are being used for personal reasons - especially with gas prices they way they are now. Dont get me wrong - I fully support take-home police cars. I have quite a few officers in my neighborhood and it does make me feel safer just seeing the cars parked out front. I just dont like seeing officers taking advantage of it.

A: SBPD officers who have a take home car are allowed to use the car for personal use off duty, provided they are carrying proper identification and other issued equipment as required. As you mention, this is for visibility and crime deterrence reasons. In addition, many officers (myself included) are specialists who are on-call status and are subject to call 24 hours a day.

Take home cars may only be used within St Joseph County (unless attending a training function out of the area), and the agreement with the Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police asks that officers limit take home car use when possible in light of fuel costs.

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