I know this is another dead horse I just can't stop beating, but this is just so stupid:
Responding to the spike in gas prices, York, whose department spends about $1.6 million on gas for cruisers, decided officers who take their cruisers home should pay a fee to help cover costs. The new policy requires $25 payments in each two-week pay period and $30 for officers who live outside the city. Officers can pay or keep their cruisers parked at their homes or at designated locations when off-duty.
Take-home cars were sold as a way of deterring crime by making cruisers more visible. Why should any of us care if cruisers are more visible outside of town? Let those who live in other places worry about and pay for deterring crime in those places. Why do police officers who live out of town have take-home cars? Why do they even live out of town, anyway?