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  • Laidoffdep
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    Originally posted by FJDave View Post
    My station operations office is talking about the number of miles we stack on our cars per shift. No limits are being talked about, they just want us to try to cut down our mileage and fuel use....get the most out of the cars because it will be quite a while until we get new cars.
    My department is in the same boat. But for now there are no restrictions. The only think I have been told is "get out and find someone to take to jail."

    I average 100-150 miles a shift. ~6 sq mi city with a highway running down the middle.

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  • crass cop
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    My current agency has no mileage restrictions that I am aware of. My prior agency had an unwritten "50 mile" per shift rule. I can see how that may be great for an agency with a small budget and wants to keep cars for years and years and years...but in reality, crime doesnt exactly abide by our restrictions.

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  • BigTex44
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    I average between 150 to 250 miles per shift. I think the most was just above 300 miles and the least was maybe 80 miles, 10 hour shifts.

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  • SHU
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    I've never heard of any restriction being placed on miles driven per shift.

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  • RiverviewPD
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    Originally posted by im faster View Post
    So it a new Order has come out that i dont Agree with and im just curious.

    How many miles are you allowed to drive?
    We are instructed that we are only allowed to drive 35 miles in 8 hours. That is 4.375 miles in a hour.

    I find this completely unreasonable.

    Also, The Chief stated this "every police department has a set number of miles your allowed to drive in a shift."

    Now to some of you that have read my other threads..
    I am not being disobedient its merely a question. I will some how find a way to limit my driving to 4 miles in a hour.
    There is no mileage restriction. I usually burn about half a tank (so however much fuel that is in a 2008 CV).

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  • e-man
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    We cover 16+ square miles with maybe 30,000 people. We hit about 9000 calls a year so we are not tha busy, we are unofficially required to do maybe 60. If its busy, anything is fine, if its slow, at least 60-65 miles.

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  • JSD73
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    I've worked for a University, a medium city, a smaller but densely populated city, and a county and not one of these places had a restriction on mileage. I find the idea of restricting mileage to be ridiculous.

    Sit at the PD, surf the net, and drive up and down the street a few times.

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  • 1AssToRisk
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    35 miles in a small town is normal. Unless you make a arrest and the jail/court is far away. Stationary radar, foot patrols. You can get more good stops letting them come to you in a small town then driving around chasing tail lights.

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  • ryker
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    betanosave
    Last edited by ryker; 03-29-2012, 11:04 AM.

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  • uSa4
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    Drive 100-150 miles in a 10hr shift. No limits on how many miles......although my department would probably like to adopt that policy....

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  • jeffIL
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    No limits here.

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  • just joe
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    I think it is pretty common in small depts to have a mileage limit. For the size of your village, I don't think it is unreasonable. Actually, he's being generous. There is also a difference between patrolling and just driving around at the speed limit. One of the first things I was taught was that even though I was just driving the speed limit, I was driving too fast to be effectively seeing and listening to what I was driving by. You guys run a lot of stationary radar, so couple that with effective patrol tactics (slow speed, foot patrol, just parking in an alley and listening, etc) and I don't think you will have a problem staying under the limit.
    Last edited by just joe; 11-09-2010, 04:01 AM.

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  • mac266
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    We do not have such a limit, and there is NO WAY I get through a shift in under 35 miles. When I was in patrol I averaged 60 miles a night, but in the DUI unit I averaged 90-100. Of course, in patrol I spent much more time parked while handling calls; whereas, in DUI I drove all over the place.

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  • mtxpro752
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    DUDE! Get over it, you obviously don't like your Chief and you've been told already that if you don't like the rules, find another place to play ball.

    He can set a 2 mile limit on a 8 hour if he wants.

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  • RaucousSilence
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    We don't have a limit per shift, but we do have to write a memo explaining why we went over 3,000 miles in a month, and it's a ding on the deputy. It's really cut into my task force work, I'll tell you that. Now, I only sign up for task force towards the end of the month when I have a better idea of where I'm going to end up.

    We're 664 square miles, and it's not uncommon to have to drive 20-30 miles to take a singe call.

    And the chief says that I need to ease up on the brakes. I'm apparently in the top 10% for brake wear, but the bottom 25% for tire wear. I've yet to figure that out. I'm still rocking my 2007 Charger, only 4,000 or so more miles to go.... It's a good thing my car miles out the same time we enter a new fiscal year.

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