That was me, sorry. I forgot to log in when I posted that. No worries, though. In this economy, we need to be watch dogs and collaborate on issues. You could have just as easily been right on that issue, but I think the leadership at WPB is far better than that at PBSO. I have to say, I really like the policy and the fact the further you live, the more you pay. It is a policy that really makes sense to me and saves the taxpayers more money that giving everyone out of county a take-home car. I think PBSO needs to address this problem.
You have to remember, you WANT your officers to be assigned a car during their times on and I'll tell you why: It's a pain in the ass to put ALL your gear in your trunk at the beginning of every shift and then at the end of every shift when you are tired. As a result, you start to skimp on what you bring, asking, "Do I really need that?." What happens is that you start being so stingy in what you bring that you may just find yourself unprepared on some random call, needing a piece of gear you never thought you would use and is now sitting at home in your garage. It doesn't sound totally professional but it is a reality. You give a guy or gal a car for the four days they are working, and they will jam pack it with everything but the kitchen sink. It works out well.
A long time ago, I bought myself a Sirche master fingerprint kit that was massive. It stayed in the back of my Take Home but when I didn't have a take-home anymore, I said screw it and relied on the fingerprint kit that was assigned to the car. I left a LOT of tools in that kit at home that I could have used to provide service to the victim of a burglary.
edited by DeputyDog on 6/7/2011