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Hoke County deputies pay for patrol car gas

Posted April 12, 2011

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— Hoke County sheriff’s deputies have agreed to have $25 docked from each paycheck to pay for gas for their patrol cars.

The decision came after Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said a few weeks ago that the approximately 30 deputies who live outside the county and drive their patrol cars home might have to start paying for their own gas.

“We decided as a team that we would stand up and everybody would pay for their gas,” Sgt. Christopher McPherson said Tuesday.

The deduction applies to all deputies and is voluntary.

“There’s no pressure for them to do it. If someone’s having a family situation where they can’t afford to do it, then they don’t have to do it,” Chief Deputy Gary Hammond said.

The deductions start on July 1.

“I don’t think it’ll be much of an impact. The county has been good to me as a deputy, as a citizen, so I believe it’s just a good way for me to give back to the county,” Capt. Nachia Revels said.

Hoke County sheriff's department Hoke County deputies pay for patrol car gas

Deputies say it is important to have their cruisers with them so they can be ready for duty at any moment. Paying for gas is a small price to pay, they said.

"We're like a family here. We take care of each other," McPherson said. 

Revels is hoping the amount of money the department saves on gas will go to creating jobs or saving current ones from being eliminated. 

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  • fuzzmom Apr 14, 2011

    rsco, apparently you don't know that a lot of LEOs have degrees, have prior military experience, have management training, are skilled in martial arts. . . I could go on. You should really do some research before you speak.

  • genralwayne Apr 13, 2011

    Superwhiner, for your personal benefit, I repeat -

    ...those of you who don't know a lick about a subject really should be more hesitant about showing your ignorance by commenting.

    Pretty much says it all.

  • superman Apr 13, 2011

    So they sit around all day when they are off-duty wearing their uniform so they can respond instantly? I dont think so! They probably dont even answer their phone. If they dont live in the county where they work- they just ain"t that close to respond anyway. The response time is not important unless it is an emergency--in that event they should call 911 to request an ambulance. How many major emegencies happen in a day? Are all the deputies off at the same time? No one working? They going to call someone off duty when they already have people working? Some comments are about as relative as requiring people to purchase umbrellas in the desert in the event of a heavy rain.

  • illegals--GO HOME Apr 13, 2011

    I agree with "genralwayne"!!!!!!!!

  • genralwayne Apr 13, 2011

    "Why give them a free ride on the tax payers dime?"

    Deputies are subject to recall 24/7 in response to major emergencies anywhere in their county. In these cases, response time can be critical. Seconds can mean life or death. Ya know, those of you who don't know a lick about a subject and are too busy to read the entire article really should be more hesitant about showing your ignorance by commenting.

  • same ole story Apr 13, 2011

    The decision came after Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said a few weeks ago that the approximately 30 deputies who live outside the county and drive their patrol cars home might have to start paying for their own gas.

    They could save a lot more gas if they PARKED THE CAR IN THE COUNTY THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE PROTECTING!!! Why give them a free ride on the tax payers dime??? It is like the soccer fields on a weekend when you see State trooper vehicles parked in the parking lot to watch thier kids play. OFICIAL DUTY NO DOUBT???!!!

  • ThePhwner Apr 13, 2011

    @ fdup - this isn't a requirement. They decided to do this on their own. Read carefully before you decry something.

  • silencedogood Apr 13, 2011

    WoW....

  • SouthernLady05 Apr 13, 2011

    "I did think that deputies had to live in the county they worked in. I always thought it was a job requirement. I know it is in some."

    Practically all counties in NC have a buffer zone (2-5 miles) that county deputies are required to live in. Wake County is the same.

    I commend these deputies for this gesture. Especially seeing that thier starting salary is only $29,000/yr... their commentment is heartening.

  • genralwayne Apr 13, 2011

    My compliments and deepest respect to these men and women. A shame that our state and national politicians are too blinded by greed and power to see the true leadership being displayed here.

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