Hoke County deputies pay for patrol car gas
Posted April 12, 2011
Raeford, N.C. — 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.
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.