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  • CruiserClass
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    No limit here. When I had a larger beat and had to drive to the opposite side of the county to get there I put around 120 miles a day on my car. Now I live on my beat and most of my runs aren't that far apart, maybe 60-80 miles a day tops. 8.5 hour shift.

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  • Iowa #1603
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    Originally posted by zhakkar View Post
    The problem there, as it usually is, lies with the person in the picture on the second page of the article!!!! Hopefully Branstad will at least can her so ILEA won't have to deal with Edith Ann either. That would score a point for him in my book.
    You know that position is not an "at will" governor's appointment. Unless she resigns....................he will have to fire her and get sued unless she has done something wrong.

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  • Jericho
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    No minimum, no maximum. I have driven well over 100 miles in a 10 hour shift, and as little as a couple (standing by at a major crime scene). We are a large metropolitain area so calls are usually close together, but the miles can still add up from time to time, depending on what kind of activities you are involved in, the traffic on the radio, and how much OV work you do. Setting a limit is a BAD idea IMHO.

    "Sorry ma'am, all our units were "miled out" so we couldn't respond to your request to send an officer to your house while you were being raped. Next time try to call earlier in the shift so officers haven't reached their maximum allowable miles."

    What do you do when you hit the arbitrary 35 mile limit. park your patrol car on the side of the road and walk back to the station? Seems like a goofy policy to me and a misguided attempt to save a couple bucks by limiting gas usage and wear and tear on vehicles. Did the Chief give any reasons behind the policy?

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  • zhakkar
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    The problem there, as it usually is, lies with the person in the picture on the second page of the article!!!! Hopefully Branstad will at least can her so ILEA won't have to deal with Edith Ann either. That would score a point for him in my book.

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  • Iowa #1603
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    I was going through some old newspapers and found the following article which was dated July 25, 2001

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  • Zamkn
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    No restriction. City of 400,000. Averaged 75/night in my dense section 8 beat. Now I probably put 100 on it with the new assignment.

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  • ice_tre
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    For us it's asked that we try to keep the mileage around 50 for a 10 hr shift. Of course it also depends on what all happens. Some nights it could be a couple hundred or as few as 6 like it was for me last Sunday (had 5 arrest reports to complete before Monday morning).

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  • JPSO Recruit
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    We pay $100 a month to use ours, and it's the same restrictions as yours.

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  • SpecialCitizen
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    Originally posted by creolecop View Post
    Whoa, I didn't know anyone around here was doing that. Don't get me wrong, $65 a month IS a good deal and if they put it on us I'd still take it, but I didn't know anyone our parts had resorted to those measures in light of things. We don't pay anything, have take homes and can use them for anything you want marked or unmarked. All they ask is if in a marked unit have a gun on you (concealed or not) credentials, and if someone approaches you take action. If you have someone in the unit with you atleast secure, or monitor the situation and radio in for an on duty unit. I don't drive off duty a whole lot but I'v never had anyone approach me in my unit off duty needing anything.
    Yeah our rules are pretty much the same as far as off duty use. But yes, I do have a $65 pre-tax deduction on my second check, which is the same check as state sup so you don't really miss it I guess. I get my education pay on the same one so it kind of equals out.

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  • CatchEmAllAgain
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    Nothing on too many miles, but too few will get you in a ringer.

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  • creolecop
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    Originally posted by SpecialCitizen View Post
    We have takehome vehicles and our agency takes $65/month from our checks to cover the fuel. For $65 you have a takehome unit that you can use for ANYTHING on or off duty.
    Whoa, I didn't know anyone around here was doing that. Don't get me wrong, $65 a month IS a good deal and if they put it on us I'd still take it, but I didn't know anyone our parts had resorted to those measures in light of things. We don't pay anything, have take homes and can use them for anything you want marked or unmarked. All they ask is if in a marked unit have a gun on you (concealed or not) credentials, and if someone approaches you take action. If you have someone in the unit with you atleast secure, or monitor the situation and radio in for an on duty unit. I don't drive off duty a whole lot but I'v never had anyone approach me in my unit off duty needing anything.

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  • SpecialCitizen
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    Originally posted by creolecop View Post
    Wow, I had no idea such concepts existed in this profession. Not only do we not have limits, never talked about them, I'v never heard of a dept around these parts like that. I can't believe they would put limits on patrol, thats the mission, to patrol your *** around and stop crimes in progress, prevent crimes with presence, and respond to calls for service.
    I'm with Creole. I've never heard of such a concept around here in the south. We have takehome vehicles and our agency takes $65/month from our checks to cover the fuel. For $65 you have a takehome unit that you can use for ANYTHING on or off duty. A lot of our guys don't have POVs, especially if they have an unmarked pickup or SUV.

    At our agency it totally depends on what substation you're assigned to as far as milage. I have an 08 Durango and only have 35K miles. I work a dense, urban beat. Guys up north in the rural parts have 80K on thier 08s, all highway miles.

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  • orlandofed5-0
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    No more than 20 miles per shift. Not like you can drive that many circles before getting a headache.

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  • Iowa #1603
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    Actually mileage restrictions make sense in a smaller town.

    While much of the budget is payroll---------------another large portion is vehicle expense. The smaller jurisdictions need to cut costs where they can.

    You can only save so much on paperclips, recycling printer paper, & and salary if the town council wants people on duty.

    The OP is in a very small town, with limited budget and a chief who obviously likes to micromanage his department.

    If the town doesn't have a big crime problem and the department is basically a fire watch...................it makes sense.





    Now ,larger modern departments, ---------------not so much.

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  • JPSO Recruit
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    Wow, cant believe there are actually departments who have mileage limits....I can put as many or as few as I want, sounds stupid to have limits.
    Last edited by JPSO Recruit; 11-29-2010, 09:36 AM.

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