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DeKalb County Adds 40 Units to Fleet of Take-Home Cars

DeKalb County authorities say having police officers take cars home saves money in the long term by lessening the wear and tear on vehicles.

DeKalb County authorities say having police officers take cars home saves money in the long term. File|Patch
DeKalb County authorities say having police officers take cars home saves money in the long term. File|Patch

DeKalb County police have added 40 new units to its fleet of take-home cars, giving the county 89 officers who drive patrol units home.

Interim Police Chief James Conroy told WGCL TV the program will save the county money.

"Right now our vehicles are hardly lasting three years," said Conroy. "Mileage is only one piece of it. When these vehicles are pool cars they are running 24/7, 365 days a year, so they don't get time to cool down."

DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton said, "We were able to do this because there has been an upturn in the economy and because our government is running more efficiently and effectively."

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