If slow and steady wins the race, the City of Greensboro has the race half won as far as take-home police cars go.

Greensboro is undeniably slow in providing take-home police cars, but it’s too early to make a call on the steady part.

On Thursday, July 6, the Greensboro Police Department announced that on Friday, July 7 at 10:15 a.m. 10 Greensboro police patrol officers would be assigned take-home police cars.

It’s been a long time coming, and since the Police Department needs 100 additional police vehicles to provide each patrol officer with a take-home car, there is still a long, long way to go.

The Greensboro City Council has been told for years that the Greensboro Police Department was the only law enforcement agency in the area that did not provide take-home cars for its patrol officers and that not providing take-home cars hurt recruitment efforts.

On Nov. 18, 2021, the Greensboro City Council voted to buy 20 additional police cars and to continue that for five years with the idea that in five years the city would be providing take-home police cars for all patrol officers.

However, it appears that was overly optimistic since it has taken the city over 18 months to get just 10 of those 20 cars authorized in 2021 into the hands of police officers.

Getting 10 take-home police cars on road is an accomplishment and according to the vote of the City Council in 2021, the city should now have 50 additional take-home police cars somewhere in the process.

Before the 2023-2024 fiscal year budget went into effect on July 1, the Police Department reportedly had 130 vacancies.  However, the 2023-2024 budget overnight reduced that to only 90 vacancies by eliminating 40 sworn positions in the police budget.

The 2023-2024 budget also raised police starting salaries to $55,000 a year to get the Greensboro Police Department more in line with other law enforcement agencies in the state, and starting Friday, July 7, about 10 percent of Greensboro police patrol officers will have take-home cars.