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Who has take home patrol cars?

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I am a cop in Oklahoma. I have a take home car, and have since I got off of FTO in 05. I am looking to move to a larger agency, the one I work for is about 50 officers. I was wondering who out there has take home cars at their agencies for all of the officers? This is a huge benefit, and it is something that I don't want to loose.

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Your are not really going to find a big agency that lets you take the car home because they need them (to many police). I'm not a cop but my father was one in two diff states.

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Take-home cars are established for the benefit of the agency, and are most often assigned to satellite posts or areas. Frequently the officers that are assigned these areas are "resident" officers, meaning that they do not rotate patrol beats with other officers. Take-home cars are available so that officers can be called out on emergencies, shortening response times. The State Police here, and my Sheriff's Office both issue out vehicles for take-home for emergency call-outs, but then, this is a primarily rural area where backup can be many miles away. Even so, with the price of fuel these days, even that may be restricted...

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o so you are on call 24-7 if needed?

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We have officers that are on call 24/7 unless on vacation or excused. These are the SOT officers and the fatality collision investigation team. I am on the collision team. But all of the officers at our department have take home cars as a benefit basically. Once we are off of field training, whether we are on a special team or not, we can take our cars home. Most of the departments in this area have that, even Tulsa and Oklahoma City that have about 800-1000 cops each. I didn't know if this was something that was limited to just this region, or if this is the norm for officers around the nation. I love this because I walk out of my front door, and I am 10-8. I drive my car to training and to court and never have to go to the station to pickup a car or anything. The only limit is we have to live within 10 miles of the city.

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In philladelphia, the highway patrol officers get to take home thier motorcycles.

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Small county sheriffs dept have take home larimer county and weld county in colorado but check in the small county .

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here in Iowa state patrol has take home cars the sheriffs dept has take home car and the city i live in we have 180+- officers the only people who have take home cars are Traffic, Accident Investigations and Major and above rank. I my self work for a small town where we have one car to share so is kind hard to take home the car.

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In Dallas I know that the SWAT team have their own cars to take home b/c they are on call 24/7. The just got some brand new 2005 Chevy Tahoes for the SWAT guys to replace the smaller Crown Vics. I have noticed in most cities SWAT officers get unmarked cars but in Dallas they are fully marked.

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I know that on the IL site of the river the SO SWAT has take home SUV fully marked and the TRANSIT SO guys have SUV's but they are purchesd by the METRO TRANSIT CO. and then they pay the SO's to work the bus lines

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I am a City cop in Virginia & up until about (7) seven years ago unless you were in a specialized assignment or a Lt. or above, no one had take home cars. Then I made K-9 and got my take home car and about (1) one year afterwards they started the take home program for all officers in our department, but you still have certain jurisdictions in Virginia that are still not on board with it, mainly due to the number of officers & cost of vehicles. The overall factor that led to all of our officers getting take home cars was an in-depth work study that found that they actually pay alot more for repairs and replacements due to shift cars being driven 24/7/365, unlike a take home car thats driven 12 hours a day, 15 days a month, thats a big difference. Not to mention, when you're assigned a shift car nobody takes care of it and it gets ragged out quick because its not actually their car, whereas on the flip side when you have your own car you tend (or most officers do) to take care of your car and have pride in keeping it clean and in good working order.

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Thats what my department discovered. We have had take home care for about 15 years, one of the first departments in Oklahoma. For some reason, my department does not believe that you should be driving your personal car to work. For many years before we had take home cars, if you lived close to the city, the officer driving your car came and picked you up, then you took them home and did the same for the next shift when they were coming on. About 15 years ago, they discovered that it cost much less money to buy new cars every year then to put much more money in to repairs. We have a fleet of about 60 cars, and I think we only spent about $15,000 last year because our guys take care of their cars, and most of our cars stay new enough that they are covered by warranty. If you think about it, if you buy a new car, there is typically a 100,000 mile warranty. For a car that is only driven one shift a day, that is about 3 or 4 years. Then just replace it and there is only preventive maint. costs.