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FOP Reconsiders

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By Associated Press

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Tulsa, OK – Tulsa police give up some take-home cars

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Fraternal Order of Police in Tulsa has agreed to give up take-home patrol cars for officers who live outside the city.

The take-home provision is in the FOP contract with the city but officers agreed to drop it in an effort to avoid potential layoffs because of a budget shortfall. FOP Lodge 93 President Phil Evans says city administrators believe the change could save more than $1 million.

The policy allows officers to drive patrol cars home if they live within 25 miles of the geographic center of the city. A study in 2007 found 392 of the department's 777 vehicles were being driven to homes outside Tulsa.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.