LOUISVILLE, KY - The City of Louisville on March 2 settled a take-home police vehicle dispute, allowing police officers who do not use their cars for secondary jobs to use their take-home vehicles for no charge. Only police officers who use their cars for secondary employment, such as security at churches and private events, will be charged a nominal fee to reimburse the City for gas, according to a release from the City.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer along with Police Chief Robert White and Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President David Mutchler announced the agreement ending litigation on a lawsuit involving police take-home cars.
"I believe that having police cars, both marked and unmarked, parked in our neighborhoods leads to a safer city," Fischer said.
Officers were previously asked to pay $100 a month to take home their patrol cars. Since the City, under a previous administration, began charging fees to take-home cars, that money has been placed in escrow. About $890,000 that has been collected thus far will be returned to police officers. The city has kept a log of exactly how much individual officers have paid, and they will be reimbursed accordingly.
Fischer said the city hopes to have those checks distributed within this week, according to the release.