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  • ICE-MAN
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    It makes me mad to hear admin talking about how we have to save fuel like they pay for it themselves please. I would love the media to get hand of what is going on and let every one know that most PD are telling there officers not to work but to sit back and relax. I work in FL so at night its hot I do not want to sit in a turn off car with no AC. I cant wait untill one of those observant citizen start to complain of seeing two many patrol units parked and not moving. Then they will order us to drive more and preten it was our faults.

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  • Chevyman
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    Oh Yeah.....
    They also installed hour meters in our cars....
    Our training, and OT bidget has been moved to our Gas budget...
    You would think that when they wer making the budget last year they would have listened to EVERYONE who said the gas prices were projected to go up to $3.00.

    ANB

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  • Plaso
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    I suspect if the public were made aware of some of these stupid ideas to save gas money and compromise public safety they would let your management know.

    A few years ago we actually had a Lt. (remember you have to have your spine removed to promote to this rank) tell guys that they could not let their cars idle in 19 degree weather. Well it took them so long to get into their frozen cars I think that was order was stopped.

    Remember it takes more gas to stop and start the engine that to just let it idle!

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  • Kent PC
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    Hi from across the ocean....

    Our fuel price is well expensive over here being
    Last edited by Kent PC; 09-12-2005, 06:16 PM.

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  • Chevyman
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    Would it help to answer your question if I told you that I am currently at work posting this.

    I work in a smaller town usally 3-5 officers on shift. We were told to keep milage under 45mi. I usually drove 40-60 no problem being proactive. Now it is mainly reactive and bike officers are working more.

    I think it is BS but coffe time last alot longer too.

    ANB

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  • Catman
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    We just had a special order issued concerning conservation. Limiting the amount of cars on the road, idling, increased bicycle patrols, etc.

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  • e-man
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    Originally posted by SoMDdep
    On nightshift we have to turn our cars off for at least 15 minutes an hour between 0001hrs to 0600hrs. Since I'm such a company man I'm planning on turning my car off right after rollcall and then back on at sunrise
    So nice to see we can keep our sense of humor. If I was still on nights I would be doing the same thing, but then again being visible on PM , they dont know if my car is on or off. Just can see my head 'bobbing'

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  • SoMDdep
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    On nightshift we have to turn our cars off for at least 15 minutes an hour between 0001hrs to 0600hrs. Since I'm such a company man I'm planning on turning my car off right after rollcall and then back on at sunrise

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  • MPD-A9
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    Originally posted by RabbitMPD
    That is complete bull****. No offense to your department but if my department told me to be reactive I'd seriously consider finding a new place to work.
    We are a smaller dept, 10 positions short, and sent 4 to Mississippi. It is just for the time being while gas prices are so high. I would rather be reactive at this time then get a paycut.

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  • RabbitMPD
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    Originally posted by MPD-A9
    We have been told to check our zone, and park the car for couple of hours, then at 0200, double up, and park. We are to be reactive.
    That is complete bull****. No offense to your department but if my department told me to be reactive I'd seriously consider finding a new place to work.

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  • SkyCop418
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    At my dept. Our chief made it mandatory , if you are gonna park, shut the car off. All bike patrol officers are now riding and there is no special details where cars are involved.

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  • MPD-A9
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    We have been told to check our zone, and park the car for couple of hours, then at 0200, double up, and park. We are to be reactive.

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  • haus409
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    A neighboring town doubled up their cars a few months back. The only thing our chief has told us in the past few days is to not leave cars running while out of the car. Then again, I have been off the past day and a half. When I left gas was still "Cheap" at about $2.60. Now its $2.99 and headed up from the sounds of it.

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  • e-man
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    I havent heaard anything yet about a mileage per shift cap. Matter of fact we are encouraged to drive and drive to be visible, regular shift might be 75-80 miles. I do get bored though and have to sit somehwere 'monitoring' traffic still being visible,. I guess thats just good po po work in general. We get gas at the end of each shift and its about 6-7 gallons at a time. We could double guys up, we are all 1 man units.

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  • goober
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    actually got the memo *yesterday*, pre-storm frenzy. Have spent like eighty percent of fuel budget already.

    Chief is not gonna put a 'mileage cap' on patrol, but is recommending things like stationary radar and directed patrol. Just making folks 'aware' of being frugal, not actually demanding it.

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