The news that Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore had come up with a proposed policy to modestly curtail take-home car use by the Little Rock Police Department to a 25-mile radius, but had decided not to implement it, prompted me to ask for an update on the car fleet.
I asked for the number of cars, destination
The spreadsheet shows that 179 cars go to 27 cities, only 67 to Little Rock, the city that pays the officers for protection. Another eight cars are rotated among officers.
The account fluctuates some but an accounting in 2015 said that 34 percent of the city’s then-524 officers lived in the city and about 30 percent were black. About 37 percent of the
Police Chief Kenton Buckner has said he’s happy with the car assignment policy. Moore said a recent uptick in crime was one reason he’d decided not to implement a change. Officers who get the cars, of course, like it. Providing a perk to