Report: Centralizing NC fleet would save money

Apr. 22, 2013 @ 10:06 PM

State policy analysts recommend bringing North Carolina's law enforcement vehicles under one management team to save $153,000 a year.

The General Assembly's Policy Evaluation Division delivered a report Monday recommending the Department of Public Safety centralize the management of 2,453 vehicles currently overseen by three different law enforcement agencies.

The report found that inconsistency with policies allowing law enforcement officers to take their vehicles home costs $153,000 in additional fuel and maintenance each year.

DPS officials accepted the report but argued take-home policy exemptions help retain state troopers they would otherwise lose to agencies with more competitive pay. Agency officials said they're already working on centralizing management.

Legislators directed General Assembly staff to incorporate recommendations into two related transportation reform bills.