Police officers told to handle dispatch calls over the phone — Analysis
Some US police agencies are looking for fuel-efficient methods to respond to callers due to rising gas prices
As police officers try to reduce fuel consumption, the US is seeing rising gas prices. A Michigan police department has asked its officers for help in handling the situation. “whatever calls are acceptable”By phone
American Automobile Association (AAA), reported that Michigan saw one of the most severe weekly increases in gasoline prices. Although prices were increasing weekly, they are currently on an almost daily basis. The price of a gallon regular fuel was $5.21 Tuesday, an increase from the $5.17 that it cost on Tuesday. The price of regular fuel was at $4.70 per gallon one week ago. Gas prices increased 73% last year to $3.01 per gallon.
Gas prices were already putting a strain on US drivers, who have increasingly been left stuck on motorways with empty tanks as they try to “test the limits of their fuel gauges,” according to the AAA. This issue is now affecting police agencies and other agencies.
According to Michigan County Administrator Nicole Frost, who spoke with the Detroit Free Press, the local sheriff’s office had already spent 96% of its fuel budget with three-and-a-half months still to go until the end of the fiscal year.
Michigan’s Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main told the outlet that he has instructed his deputies to manage whatever calls they can over the phone. This includes “non-in-progress calls, non-life-threatening calls, and calls that do not require evidence collection or documentation.”
He stated that officers will be “continue to provide patrols to all areas of the county”We will continue to respond. “calls that need to be managed in person.”
“Any call that is in progress with active suspects will involve a response by the deputies,”Main was quoted saying. “I want to assure the community that safety is our primary goal, and we will continue to respond to those types of calls.”
There are growing concerns that gasoline prices will rise to a national average price of $6 per gallon before the summer ends. Police agencies across the US are trying to reduce their consumption by using fuel-efficient vehicles and bicycle or foot patrols.
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