Councilmember Marikay Abuzuaiter asked for an update on the Greensboro Police Department (GPD) at the Tuesday, March 21 City Council meeting.

Abuzuaiter noted that at the Feb. 21 meeting, she had asked for information on compensation and benefits and was still looking for a response.

City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba said, “I don’t have anything other than we are still looking at it and looking at what we can do now, what we can bring you prior to the budget.”

Abuzuaiter said, “I hope we can get something moving rather quickly.”

Mayor Nancy Vaughan said, “I’d like to ask where we are on take-home police cars.”

Assistant City Manager Trey Davis said that of the 20 additional police patrol cars that the City Council authorized in December 2021, not a single one is in use by the GPD.  Davis said that the city did have the cars and that 10 had been sent to an outside vendor to be upfitted.

Councilmember Tammi Thurm said that on her last ride along the police officer she rode with suggested that every car the GPD had did not have to be fully outfitted to chase criminals and transport them to jail.  Thurm asked that if some police cars were just used for transportation, why they all had to be some kind of special order.

There was no answer to that question.

Vaughan also said that she had done some research going to the employment ads for High Point, Burlington, Winston-Salem, Guilford County Sheriff’s Department, Charlotte, Durham and Raleigh.

According to the chart prepared by Vaughan, all the law enforcement agencies she looked at provided take-home police cars with the exception of Greensboro.

Abuzuaiter noted that some of the benefits offered by the GPD are not included in the advertisement to recruit officers to the GPD.