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Creative Gas Saving Techniques Paying Dividends For Police

Last updated on Thursday, July 3, 2008

(UNDATED) - Four dollars and more for a gallon of gas here in South Central Indiana has been putting the hurt on local law enforcement agencies.

Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley told WBIW News in the past that officers are now required to pay for between 10 and 15 gallons of gas per month in their squad cars, and says that, this month, they have saved 5%, or more than $1,800 dollars, by doing so.

Parsley says he wants to keep off duty officers driving their cruisers since that increases the visual presence of the police force in Bedford.

State troopers have also started voluntarily putting gas in their squad cars out of their own pocket in order to be able to keep using squad cars while off duty.

However, other departments nationwide have been coming up with more creative solutions. According to a BBC report, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, police in the state capital have been told to get out of the driver's seat, and on to a bike seat.

However, Holly Springs, Georgia may take the creative cake, when they instituted a $12 surcharge on law breakers for the gas cost of chasing them down.

The chief of police in the north Atlanta suburb believe that could bring more than $26,000 dollars to fill their tanks.

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