Take Home Police Cars. What is a take-home police vehicle program? Why are so many departments moving to this format for deploying their most expensive assets? How does a city government get around the price tag–that “first financial bite” that can the cost of a fleet going in?
Pool or Take Home?
Departments on the pool system have vehicles shared by 1, 2, or even three shifts of officers. Every 8 hours or so, the vehicles pull in, officers check-in and check out (+/- 35 minutes per shift according to some studies), and the same vehicle with different officers roll right back out of the station. Take-home vehicles are assigned to one officer (no shift change over) and go home with that Officer until his or her next scheduled shift.
Key benefits of the take-home option:
- Expensive vehicles last MUCH LONGER, maintenance costs reduced
- Increase police visibility while traveling to/from work and when parked at home.
- Officers take better care of vehicles assigned to them.
- Reduced “Changeover Time” between shifts
- Routine maintenance ties up one officer’s time, not two or three.
There are many, many ways to implement a take-home program, based on your community, your patrol area size, and geography, whether your department will allow use inside or outside the community, or permit personal use, etc.
BIG financial challenge; SIMPLE financial fix.
Police cars are expensive and setting up a take-home fleet costs more than adding a few cars to the pool each year, but MUCH LESS with municipal leasing.
The solution is municipal-lease-to-own financing that allows you to spread the cost of new vehicles over 4, 5 or 6 budget years instead of trying to cram everything into a single budget year. Most people are really surprised at how attractive the numbers are. Don’t guess! Do you want to see some actual numbers?
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