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Metro Council continues examining the mayor's budget

The city of Louisville's take-home car policy was questioned Wednesday during a Metro Council budget hearing.  That's as the council continues to examine the mayor's proposed budget.

It was Police Chief Robert White's turn to go before the Metro Council Budget Committee Wednesday morning. 

He began his presentation by saying that overall, crime in the city was down 5.2% for the first four months of the year, compared to the same period a year ago.  He says he goal is to reduce crime by 3% over each of the next three years.

He also defended the department's take-home care policy.  Some Metro Council members have questioned it, due to the rising cost of gas.  Council member Mary Woolridge asked, "Do we think that's a good fee, I mean sixty dollars a month for off-duty police, and thirty for other Metro employees?  And  when I can unequivocally tell you, Chief White, the off-duty cars are picking up children from school and everyplace else?"

Chief White responded, "Even though it is a privilege, and it is also somewhat of an incentive, I would tell you also the community benefits greatly from the take-home cars, because it is, in fact, a multiplier.  I mean, there are more police officers out there when there are more cars out there...the cars themselves sometimes serve as a preventive tool."

The proposed police budget for this year is $144 million.  That's a 3.4% increase over last year.

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