Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Shrinking Police Budgets Affect Perks and Policies

I wonder how widespread this will become?

Take-home police cars may be nearing end of the road: "'Departments, because of fiscal constraints, are being asked to curtail the use of take-home vehicles, or are taking them away from some officers or charging fees and setting limits on off-duty use,' said James Pasco, director of the National Fraternal Order of Police, the USA's largest police labor organization."

(Via USA Today.)

Given the public's sensitivity over government spending, it's important for police departments to demonstrate that programs like take home vehicles contribute to public safety and is good stewardship of precious tax dollars.

I'm also pretty sure that we'll see a lot more of this kind of thing from cash strapped agencies.

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