City Auditor’s Office makes recommendations to improve Police Department’s allocation of take-home vehicles
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2016
CONTACT: Douglas Jones, City Auditor, 816-513-3300
Today, the City Auditor’s Office released an audit of Police Department take-home vehicles. The audit focused on determining how the use of take-home vehicles (excluding vehicles assigned to undercover officers) impacts the department’s allocation of vehicle resources.
The audit concluded that the Police Department does not know how much its take-home vehicles cost. The department entered into a labor agreement providing take-home vehicles to command staff without calculating the cost of the contract provision. The department does not track basic information related to the use of take-home vehicles, including when or how frequently officers are called back to work outside of their normal working hours; whether take-home vehicles accidents occur when an officer is using the vehicle for personal or business use; or the non-monetary benefits of assigning take-home vehicles.
The audit determined that the department could better allocate resources by matching vehicle resources to call back responsibilities; reevaluating the use of vehicle resources used by officers in off-duty, private employment; using alternative methods of compensating some civilian employees in lieu of providing take-home vehicles; and assigning lower mileage vehicles to employees whose positions require substantial driving or specialized equipment.
The audit also concluded that marking take-home vehicles and using KCPD license plates on sworn officers’ take-home vehicles could increase police presence and visibility in the community. In addition, prohibiting the transport of family, friends, and non-employees in take-home vehicles could promote faster responses to emergencies and decrease risks and potential claims against the department.
The audit includes recommendations to improve the efficient use of department vehicle resources; ensure take-home vehicle costs and usage are analyzed; reduce program costs; and improve the effectiveness of take-home vehicles assignments. The Police Department agreed with about half of the recommendations.
View the complete report online at kcmo.gov/cityauditor.