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Gas prices mean law officers changing operations

Posted June 24, 2008 6:38 p.m. EDT
Updated June 24, 2008 10:22 p.m. EDT

— Area law enforcement agencies are making changes in the way they operate in an effort to reduce their fuel spending.

In Youngsville, where fuel costs are $5,000 more than expected for the squad of seven, Officer Brad Pearce has started patrolling the town on bicycle.

"It's a lot more interactive, because when you see people you, you don't have a car in between you and them," Pearce said.

In larger metropolitan areas, law enforcement agencies like the Wake County Sheriff's Office have spent the past several years transitioning to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

"We try to conserve," Sheriff Donnie Harrison said. "We try to stay in the middle of our (patrol) zones a lot."

Raleigh police investigators are starting to use hybrid cars.

Several other area police departments say they're doing what Youngsville is doing and sending more officers out on foot patrol.

Many also are encouraging officers not to leave their cars idling.