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  • L-1
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    My agency sets up a contract (I don't remember if it is for six months or one year) with the lowest bid gas wholesaler. Our price per gallon remains the same during the life of that contract. If we get a good, low bid price but later prices go up, we are protected by the locked in price. OTOH, if the contract is bid during a high price period and prices later go down, we must still pay the high price for the life of the contract. In the long run it all evens out.

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  • nctroop14
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    I like the dispatch idea also! However I can't cook . Anyway, my agency does something like an above post mentioned...sit with the car off for a specific amount of time. I haven't been on long enough to experience it, but some of the old guys talk about having to sit 2 30 min. periods throughout the shift. I guess that was when gas and money were REALLY tight!! I can't believe it would have to come to that. I saw gas today up to almost 3 bucks!!People complain that all we do is sit around anyway, now we are going to be ordered to do it!!!!

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  • RabbitMPD
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    I like the dispatch idea.

    My department hasen't said a peep yet but I wouldn't be surprised if they do in the near future.

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  • jefsmith77
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    My PD just "encourages" (if you know what I mean) those who are also Bike Officers to start riding!!!!!

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  • SammyCal1
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    I think we should be dispatched like a fire department. We should hang around HQ, train, cook, sleep, and when a call comes in, we take care of business and return. That should save gas.

    Patrolling only wastes gas. Why go after a traffic law violator when there is a buck to save in gas. Why patrol a crime filled neighborhood when gas is so expensive.

    What do you think about the fire department like dispatch theory of saving gas?

    Sammy

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  • That Guy
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    Originally posted by rpd1794
    We were trying to convince the powers that be that take home vehicles for officers living within 25 miles would save the city money in the long run, but the gas prices have probably closed the door on that idea, at least for now.
    This could be helpful to the city besides $$. Many guys who didn't drive them off duty are begenning to to save themselves money. Means more peeps on the beat.
    We haven't herd a sound from the city hear and we leave ours running a lot in the winter.

    TGY

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  • rpd1794
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    They haven't said a thing about it to us, which is surprising. There was a story on the news about our "gas guzzling" Crown Vics, but that didn't prompt any cries from the palace about cutting back on driving.

    We have very few take home vehicles, in fact the only patrolman that have them reside within the city limits. The majority of our cars run 24-7. We were trying to convince the powers that be that take home vehicles for officers living within 25 miles would save the city money in the long run, but the gas prices have probably closed the door on that idea, at least for now.

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  • Bodie
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    Not here yet

    Back in late 70's we had to patrol 45 minutes then sit 15 to save gas.
    I know of some small cash strapped town that sent officers out and they had to just park with car shut off until they got a call or witnessed a traffic violation.

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  • chaser266
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    Expensive Gas = Lower Police Readiness?

    I would like to take an informal survey of officers here to find out if your agencies have made significant changes to policies and protocols due to the rising cost of gasoline.

    My agency (which shall remain anonymous) has recently revoked take-home car priviledges for members of certain specialty units residing outside of the jurisdiction. Just another way in which the government here passes increasing costs onto the officer, simultaneously sacrificing quality of police service. Oddly enough, many government employees who do not have public safety responsibilities continue to commute from abroad at taxpayer expense.

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