A new take-home car policy goes into effect for Miami-Dade Police officers soon.
According to a memo sent out by Director James Loftus to all his staff, on Dec. 6 both the Police Benevolent Association "Rank & File" and "Law Enforcement Supervisory" collective bargaining agreements were ratified by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.
This will give officers, including commanders and majors, a chance to decide whether or not to take marked or unmarked units home. An officer who elects to have a take-home car will have to pay $50 per paycheck towards the maintenance of that vehicle. This took effect on Dec. 12 payroll.
However, those police officers who do not want to take their car home will have to opt out of the program by Thursday. The memo said that all cars returned must be clean and have a full tank of gas.
The Miami-Dade police car usage policy was also reevaluated and will take effect in January. All county cars can only be taken home if the officer lives in Miami-Dade or Broward County.
Currently, there are 10 officers who lives in Palm Beach County, four who live in Monroe County and three who live in Collier County, who all take their cars home. This is out of a total of 2,650 take-home vehicles.