Take-home police cars costing more, but it’s worth it

EVANSVILLE ā€” The Evansville Police Department has used 9 percent more gas this year than at this time in 2011 under a relaxed vehicle take-home policy it adopted in January.

Police ChiefBilly Bolin said the Ford Center and a less eventful winter played parts in the fuel increase, but the new policy played a major role. The relaxed policy allows 28 officers who live outside Vanderburgh County to drive police vehicles home. It also allows those who live within the county to use their vehicles off-duty, including having family members as passengers and running errands.

The policy was relaxed to create the presence of more police vehicles on the streets, Bolin said.

ā€œIā€™m a firm believer that having these cars on the street will make our city safer,ā€

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