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Do cops get to bring their squad cars home?

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Posted over 7 years ago

 

I wasn't for sure about this just wondering? I see some do and then some officers say that they can't.

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It depends on the local agency's policy. Here in Central Florida, almost all agencies have allowed police officers and deputy sheriffs to take their cars home. Some have mileage restrictions. For example, some may say twenty miles from the law enforcement headquarters. They can measure it it in road miles or, better yet, as the crow flies. Some places allow them to take there car beyond that point or the jurisdictions boundaries and just charge them a gas use fee. For the local agency to have a take home car program, it requires that the politicians and budget folks fork out a large up front initial expenditure to get the cars. They save money in the long-run though with the officers taking care of them, being individually responsible, the cars not being "hot-seated" (run all the time for two or three shifts), and the cars lasting longer. I hope this helps.

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Here in South Central Indiana nearly every agency has a take home car policy. It adds visiblity to the neighborhoods as officers take them home at the end of their shifts as well as increasing the number of "eyes" that are available when a BOL dispatch is made.
Some departments require that you park them outside (not in your garage) which can lead to a number of people knocking on your door when they have situations. But for the most part it is a good deal for officers as they may begin or end their shift from their driveway.
Rookie officers tend to spend a lot of time in their cars when off duty, but as the officers season they often shy from using the cars because when you do you are always in the public eye...and sometimes you just want to be left alone.

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Most county and State agencies have their officers take the cars home. The initial expense is of course higher but the vehicles last longer and are better taken care of resulting in a higher resale value. The other benefit is that people see more units on the road etc and that helps deter crime so officers are not only allowed to take them home, but they are allowed to use them for personal business in the area. Most cities on the other hand seem to use the units 24/7 and the vehicles can get pretty well beaten up in a year or two. We were not allowed to take our vehicles home. Even with our Motorcycles we were only allowed to take them home inside the city to clean them or for PM. Otherwise they were parked inside a covered area at the police station. The motors were not passed around and you used you motor only.

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Our agency policy allows us to bring them home and use them for personal use, however we are on call in the event of a hurricane or other disaster ( we have a nuke plant in the county) . It also gives more visibility in the county. There areas in South Florida that allow city officers, who live in another county, to take their cars home.

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In some states, the State Troopers take their cars home. Most agencies in Michigan don't do that though. Where I work, our motorcycle officers take their bikes home, and our K9 officers have their own vehicles that they take home also, but that's it.

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Unfortunately, in the department i work for we're not allowed due to the fact that we don't have enough vehicles for everyone. However, the detectives and the two of us that are K-9 officers are allowed to because we are on call 24 hrs.

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In my department every road deputy has a take home vehicle. Our jail deputies drive their personal vehicles but get reimbursed for their gas mileage.