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DeKalb County Police put more officers in take-home cars

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DeKalb County police unveiled 40 new units to its fleet of take-home cars Thursday. The county now has 89 officers who drive patrol units home.

Interim Police Chief James Conroy said the program will save the county money.

"Right now our vehicles are hardly lasting three years," said Conroy. "Mileage is only one piece of it. When these vehicles are pool cars they are running 24/7, 365 days a year so they don't get time to cool down."

DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton is chair of the Budget Committee.

"We were able to do this because there has been an upturn in the economy and because our government is running more efficiently and effectively," said Barnes-Sutton.

Jim Brooks has lived in the county for eight years.

"I'm all about being financially responsible and fiscally responsible," said Brooks."If they crunched the numbers and the numbers look good then I don't see a problem at all. I think having that kind of presence where they live is a good idea."

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