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Smithfield police running low on gas

Posted October 31, 2011

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— The Smithfield Police Department is running out of gas.

Higher fuel costs and a shrinking budget mean the department could be forced to cut patrols and services because it can't afford to fill up the gas tanks in its cruisers, said Chief Michael Scott. Funds could run out as soon as February.

The news was unwelcome to town residents who count on officers to keep them safe.

"I feel like I live in a safe neighborhood and there's not much crime here, but (it's) always a concern without police on the streets," said resident Christian Waters. "It's always a comfort  to see them patrol through the neighborhood."

Scott plans to ask the town council on Tuesday to allow the department to re-purpose about $30,000 in other funds to pay for gas. If they don't approve his plan, Scott said, it could mean the department will stop answering hang-up 911 calls, cease random patrols in the west and south sides of town and respond to nonviolent crimes by telephone before heading out in person.

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Smithfield Mayor Daniel Evans said the safety of citizens comes first and he will recommend that the council approve the funding.

"We will have money. That's something I want to reassure the citizens of Smithfield and any businesses," Evans said.

The town is looking at all possible cost-cutting measures and ways to save on gas, Evans added.

Tuesday's council meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Smithfield Town Hall.

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  • fayncmike Nov 3, 2011

    "We need New Leadership in Smithfield!!
    nctechguy9"

    So it seems.

  • nctechguy9 Nov 3, 2011

    We need New Leadership in Smithfield!!

  • fayncmike Nov 2, 2011

    "“Of course it's possible, and probably done in places, for additional cost. Any other details you would like to examine?” - thepeopleschamp

    So the additional cost (under $20.00) wouldn't be worth saving approximately one gallon of fuel per hour while idling?
    Classified"

    I guess turning an ignition key is just too toilsome.

  • fayncmike Nov 2, 2011

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    So it's technologically impossible to run an auxiliary circuit to the radar unit? No? I didn't think so. BTW, thanks for your info.
    Classified"

    I guess no one in the PD garage or the auto dealerships knows how to run a wire from the hot side of the fuse block to the electronics. So all the time the cops are eating donuts at Krispy Kreme, their cars are sitting out there burning gas and spewing pollution. If they had to pay for the wasted gas I bet it would be a different story.

  • Red Green Nov 2, 2011

    “Of course it's possible, and probably done in places, for additional cost. Any other details you would like to examine?” - thepeopleschamp

    So the additional cost (under $20.00) wouldn't be worth saving approximately one gallon of fuel per hour while idling?

  • Red Green Nov 2, 2011

    So the additional cost (under $20.00) wouldn't be worth saving approximately one gallon of fuel per hour while idling? Times are tight. Everyone is cutting back and the police need to do likewise. Through innocuous day-to-day observation of police and their habits I along with others can see plenty of areas for substantial savings.

  • thepeopleschamp Nov 2, 2011

    "A post at 9:47 and a post at 11:38. Shouldn't you be working?"
    Hugo Fuerst

    Thanks for following me so closely and being interested in my comments.

  • thepeopleschamp Nov 2, 2011

    "So it's technologically impossible to run an auxiliary circuit to the radar unit? No? I didn't think so. BTW, thanks for your info." Classified

    Of course it's possible, and probably done in places, for additional cost. Any other details you would like to examine?

  • Classified Nov 2, 2011

    "The same people whining about officers wasting gas idling are the same ones posting comments during work." - thepeopleschamp

    A post at 9:47 and a post at 11:38. Shouldn't you be working?

  • Red Green Nov 2, 2011

    "fayncmike, the radar units are usually plugged in the cigarette lighters, when the car is off the radar doesn't work. When the car is switched to aux and you turn the key it deletes what was on the radar screen on some units. Glad I could inform you." - thepeopleschamp

    So it's technologically impossible to run an auxiliary circuit to the radar unit? No? I didn't think so. BTW, thanks for your info.

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