Most Think Take Home Police Cars Are Not Worth It

By Scott Sarvay

Most Think Take Home Police Cars Are Not Worth It

June 18, 2010 Updated Jul 9, 2008 at 5:49 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - An online poll conducted by Indiana's NewsCenter over the past two days shows almost two-thirds of the respondents believe the Fort Wayne police department's take home car program isn't worth the expense now that gas prices are at record highs.

The expense of the take home car program outweighs the benefits of extending law enforcement visibility as a deterrent to crime. Only 37% of the respondents favored the program as valuable and worth the cost. 63% said it was not worth it.

Chandra from Fort Wayne wrote to Your 2 Cents, "I don’t believe they should be able to take the car when conducting personal errands that’s what personal vehicle are for and if they are on call they shouldn't have their families with them in the event that they get called out."

... Dan from Fort Wayne says, "The benefit of a strong police presence outweighs any additional expense. I believe take home cars improve response times and I would be disappointed if the program went away."

... And Michael in Fort Wayne says, "It seems some officers are taknig advantage of the system. How are Fort Wayne police cars in Leo and Churubusco keeping Fort Wayne safe."

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