Mayor Nancy Vaughan at the Tuesday, Oct. 19 meeting asked the City Council to revisit supplying Greensboro police officers with take home police cars.
Vaughan said, “I’d like council to reconsider their vote on take home cars.”
She noted that the Greensboro Police Department (GPD) recently lost two officers to High Point that does provide take home cars.
Vaughan said, “This will make us more competitive with our immediate neighbors.”
Vaughan said that it would have to phased in over time and issues like garage capacity would have to be considered.
No one objected to reconsidering the issue and Interim City Manager Chris Wilson said he would provide the City Council with updated information for its consideration at the second meeting in November.
Councilmember Sharon Hightower said she would agree to reconsider the issue but added, “You know my thoughts about that, if all those cars are going to the north side of town, I can’t support that. Where they are going, I think that is critically important.”
In June, Vaughan tried to get the money included in the 2021-2022 budget to begin phasing in take-home police cars and hit a solid roadblock.
At the June 1 City Council work session, when Vaughan asked that it be included in the budget, Councilmember Tammi Thurm said, “I’m not ready to support this yet.”
Councilmember Goldie Wells said, “It seems like the building inspectors don’t have enough cars to go around.”
Councilmember Marikay Abuzuaiter said, “This is not something that I think we should look at right now.”
Councilmember Yvonne Johnson said, “Right now, I could not support this as it is.”
Despite the raises given to police officers, according to the latest figures, the GPD has over 100 vacancies.
The fact that Greensboro does not provide officers with take-home police cars is regularly cited as one reason Greensboro has problems recruiting new officers and as Vaughan noted a reason that the GPD loses officers to other departments in the area.