Monday, April 02, 2012
Sheriff's Deputies Will Finally Start Paying Cost Of Gas For Take-Home Vehicles
Marion County Sheriff John Layton announced today that sheriff's deputies with take-home vehicles will now be required to purchase gas for their personal use, including gas spent on off-duty work, in light of the $15 million deficit the Public Safety Department is facing just after three months into the fiscal year. Layton will charge deputies with take-home vehicle $75 a month; however, if they use their vehicles for off-duty work, they will have to cough up $150 a month. Almost every major city in America long ago adopted this policy for its police officers, but for some absurd reason, Marion County taxpayers have been footing the bill for decades to provide vehicles, gas, equipment, uniforms, etc. to uniformed police officers who provide security services for private companies. As I've pointed out previously, the city-county government could save millions of dollars annually if they required police officers to reimburse for expenses unrelated to the performance of their official duties. No other job in America would allow you to use your company-issued vehicle, equipment and uniform to make money while providing services to another employer. It's time IMPD adopted the same policy.