Taking home trouble: 5 safety considerations for take-home squads

A take-home vehicle can be a valuable benefit, but you have to recognize that the benefit comes with a cost to officer safety

If you work for an agency that issues take-home squads you’re probably thankful that you don’t have to deal with a dirty, smelly “pool car” – and also thrilled with the gas and vehicle maintenance money you’re saving. 

Your city is probably happy as well, since it gives them an increase in coverage without adding personnel, decreased response times to callouts, a fleet that is more carefully maintained, and the potential for closer ties between the police and the community.

There’s no doubt that there are many advantages to take-home cars, but we can’t allow our enthusiasm for them to blind us to some of the burdens they place on officer safety. 

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