Should Cannon County Abandon
Widespread Take Home Sheriff’s Vehicles?
Anybody that knows me knows that I absolutely support our police. My years as a professional in the police business and my personal loss of friends in the line of duty as officers would never allow my loyalty to drift. In fact the very spot I was married, which was an event crowded with follow police officers, now serves as the location of the Reno Nevada Memorial for fallen officers.
But the issue of take home cars and the cost to the community has long been an issue with me. I personally would prefer better pay than a take home vehicle. Most deputies still have to have a personal car, and pay insurance anyway. Why let the take home patrol car set unprotected when the deputy is away from home.
I’ll put my soapbox away for a moment as I explain why I think these programs are threatened with extinction.
The was a undated paper by the International Association of Chiefs of Police -
Most noticeable in the “Issues for Consideration” were the Officer Benefits -
Then there were the Agency Benefits: Recruiting tool, Bargaining tool
And lastly the Community Benefits – Community Benefits seemed to be minimal and mostly restricted to PERCEPTION OF SAFETY, to the community members, not actual safety.
Most noticeably absent was any discussion of the cost to the community.
Surprising, the COP report does not even mention the cost to the community in dollars and cents for providing private transportation to deputies. The cost is limited to the cost of the vehicle. Fuel, insurance, vehicle maintenance (especially on older worn-
Then there is also the liability of the county for the additional exposure of the vehicle and office in an official vehicle subjected to liability issues.
The Pros and Cons (In my opinion)
Like most controversial programs, there are always two sides and a plethora of opinions from the informed and uninformed alike. Following are the popular arguments for and against police take-
The above is a summary of the basics of take-
Going, Going, Gone?
In a 2005 P&SN article, they looked at several departments and their take-
Uniform sergeants and officers (patrol) were not included in the take-
USA Today printed an article as far back as 2012 which focused on the tightening of police budgets and how it was affecting take home cars. The link is here:
Tight budgets are forcing some law enforcement agencies to restrict officers from taking their patrol cars home.