Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fleet Management

I used to be in charge of a fleet of patrol vehicles.  Every officer, every shift had to do a full inspection of his patrol car. That included all the fluids, oil, radiator, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and windshield wiper fluid.  I kept a supply of each on hand and they had to add them as needed.

I made a deal with a local car wash and anytime a patrol car was dirty the officer only had to drive in and sign a sheet to verify the wash was done.  No one was allowed to drive a dirty car.  The fleet looked good and officers had clean window glass.  Every beat was assigned a full time car and a part time car.  The beat supervisor was responsible for keeping them in good shape, and reporting any problems.  By having assigned cars, the same people drove them frequently and could tell if there was a problem.

Officers had a checklist to use to insure there were flares, a fire extinguisher, a full size spare tire, jack, and lug wrench, and first aid kit.  Officers could go to the storage room and get a replacement any time theirs was out of service.  It helps keep your cars in good shape if everyone can keep their car running right; that's what the SGT Says.

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