Police Departments Should Allow Take Home Vehicles




Vegas, Bill

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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)



The purpose of this paper is to illustrate why it is important and why departments should allow their officers to take home their patrol cars. There are arguments on both sides of the issue regarding the pro position and the not in favor position of the topic. The fact remains that there is more research to show that officer morale is higher, the wear and tear on city vehicles is less, and that the amount of miles registered on the patrol vehicle is far less. The research will show that the departments with a legitimate take home policy have fewer miles and less damage to the patrol fleet. The cars are better maintained if the officer has some ownership in the vehicle he drives. Some departments have even gone as far as to allow the officers to affix their name to the door. In closing, the research will prove an argument to department leaders the importance and the reason for a take home policy. It will show the importance of fewer miles driven and less wear and tear. The research will comment on and address the opinions of several law enforcement professionals from around the country.


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