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I have noticed this trend quite frequently and I always wondered if there was a reason for this behavior.
I was heading to the grocery store a while ago and stopped to get gas on my way. At this particular Speedway, there were 4 police officers there. As I went in to get a drink, I noticed all 4 vehicles were running. I didnt think much of it until I came back by about 40 minutes later and the cars were still there (and I assume still running). Several other times, when I have gone by that particular gas station, it seems as if the 4 officers meet there every evening between 6 and 7 PM.
So I had always wondered that and it came up again Monday when I was out to eat. I noticed an officer come in to the bar/grill and he was there at least 45 min by the time I left. When I left, I waslked by his crusier and it was parked at the curb right by the door and had been running the whole time he was in there.
So I ask this. Is there a reason police officers never turn their vehicles off? With the rising price of gas and financial struggles many communities are facing (some even laying people off), why dont the officers save money by turning their crusiers off?
The bar/grill cop was from a department that has had MAJOR layoffs over the past year, so I know the city is not doing great in the finance department. What say you RCMB?
Lots of reasons why we leave our vehicles running. Also the speedway probably gives the officers free drinks which is why they are always there.
The reason they gave a few years ago is that it takes awhile to get the computers booted up and if they need them in a hurry, well it needs to be running.
PS If they get an emergency call while they are chilling eating donuts, what happens if they run to the car and it won't start? Wouldn't you want it all warmed up and ready to go?
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I figured there was a reason, I just don't know what the reasons are. Also, if it meant an officer getting laid off, it figures that the department could save money by shutting them off if it is a feasible option.
They like to keep their night sticks warm in there, so when they are penetrating a perps rectum with one it's not such a shock. Or, the computer thing sounds reasonable too, no one really knows though.
This post was edited by Johnny2x2x 13 months ago
I have a feeling that leaving cars running while on duty is not costing anyone their job.
Every night at the Speedway on Lake Lansing and Abbot there's a huge cop party. They have a good ol' time. All the parking spaces are full hahah.
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because they be cops bro
6pm is when the twelve hour shifts are done and the new shift comes on. They probably go there for a snack and coffee and wait for a call until they leave. If they weren't there for the first hour they would just be runni radar. Unless they start the shift and shit is hitting the fan they will either talk at the station or meet up for food before the long shift ahead.
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bullshit, you were looking for a reason to bitch about public employees. Dont lie
That only happens in the movies.
I actually asked a police officer this once, and was told basically the same thing - the amount of time it takes everything to boot-up. It is not just a simple computer they are logged on to many things (I cannot remember the specifics, but i was things like GPS mapping, the law enforcement information network, video cams, etc). He said it it takes about 15 minutes+ to boot up everything.
Because they can. I would. Who wants to get in a cold police cruiser while chasing bad guys.
you tend not to care when you're not paying for something...
I'd put my last dollar on the fact that there is a "looker" they're trolling at that particular speedway. Probably between 17-20 years old. They do the same at my local speedway. They're party follows her schedule.
Well I didn't want to out any specific department, but I was going to Lake Lansing Meijer and that is the Speedway I was talking about. Seems like they are always there for at least an hour.
If you leave the car running, it gives the impression that you are just going to be there for a second. "Quick stop! Quick stop!" If you turn it off, it, you know, suggests the truth.
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This is still true? Damn. I used to live on Abbott and Saginaw and there were always cops there getting free slurpees. They would always follow my every move. Bunch of dicks.
What is that, a Titleist? A hole in one...
LOL, yep they were always there. They were always cool with us. Hell, I was piss drunk once and started hitting on one of the female cops standing by her car. They weren't happy, and very easily could have thrown me in for Public Intox, but they just told my buddies to get me out of there,LOL.
That must be when they're not all at the Tim Horton's up the street. Which is technically in Bath, btw. I see this at 3-4 AM at that Meijer, the Speedway & the Tim Horton's all the time. PACE truck too, but only at the Meijer.
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Nice! One might my roommate had asked a girl cop outside of PTs afte she had written a ticket if she'd take a pic with him. She said no bc she had gotten in trouble last time. Wonder if its the same chick.
Regardless of the reasoning given here about computers booting, etc., one thing remains the same.
Cops don't give a rats ass about the financial state of the City they work for. Cops are about cops. Their pensions, DROP programs, etc.
All you neeed to know about cops is this. Back in 2009, the Michigan State Police union voted to lay off the 100 lowest seniority officers rather than every officer having to take 37 unpaid furlough hours over a 6 week period, a move that would have saved Michigan $1.7 million.
Solidarity in the Union ranks? I think not. Do cops care about the mouth that feeds them? Hell no.
OP would be really pissed if he found out how long we started our vehicles prior to going outside the wire.
Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.
37 hours over 6 weeks? So basically take a 16% pay cut over 6 weeks. Or work 6 weeks…get paid for 5.
I would have voted no as well.
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