For thousands of South Florida cops, the job comes with a take-home car

Thousands of South Florida law enforcement officers are commuting to work at public expense and some are logging round trips of 100-plus miles daily.

More than 4,250 officers in Broward and southern Palm Beach counties drive their department-issued cars home when they go off duty, the Sun Sentinel has determined. The newspaper examined take-home car policies at 18 agencies and made some startling discoveries:

Letting cops commute in their marked units is supposed to deter crime where they live, but records show three-quarters of the officers with take-home vehicles live outside the jurisdictions they serve.

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