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Old 08-29-2013, 15:36   #1
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Question about getting cruisers washed

I was driving home yesterday and saw a Pinellas county cruiser getting a carwash at a gas station. Real good value washing station - they've got a guy who comes around and hits all the little cracks once the automated service finishes.

Anyways, that got me to thinking. A lot of police have to pay for a ridiculous amount of their own gear (guns, extra lights, etc) around here, who foots the bill for getting your cruiser washed? Obviously, to present a good image those cars have to be washed regularly with how much they get beat on. Do you have to come out of pocket for it, do you get a weekly/monthly allowance for it, do you get reimbursed? Do they offer you special stations that wash your cars for free? How, exactly, does that whole business work?
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Old 08-29-2013, 15:39   #2
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We're lucky at the prison; we just take them back to the garage and get the camp inmates to wash them. I've heard from people in street agencies that either their agency will contract with a particular car wash, or some gas stations even give LE a free car wash for the cruiser.
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Old 08-29-2013, 15:47   #3
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I work in several counties. In most of them the county jail has inmates assigned to the county auto shop or the dispatch center to clean the cars. I usually just visit one of them. If need be, I can use my Wright's Express fuel (credit) card at a car wash.
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Old 08-29-2013, 15:48   #4
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We wash our own.. If you have a take home like me, then it gets washed at the house... On my dime. We also have the equipment to do it at the station.... We can also run them thru the automated washes here in town but again, on our dime.

The SO here has the option to go to one of the car dealerships in a neighboring town and use their automated machine for free....
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Old 08-29-2013, 15:51   #5
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I wash the patrol ride my self at the substation. The county supples the soap, hose, and brush. I buy my own wiper blades and rain-x washer fluid because I'm kinda anal like that. I work in an area that is is 1.5 hours from the main station and jail. The guys that work out of the main station have the county garage and inmates that wash the cars over there. Inmates working on patrol cars...no thanks.

My last dept was a small town city gig. Out there we had a contract with a car wash. Pull up, sign the receipt, get car washed. I think the city paid a reduced rate per wash, something like $8 instead of $12. We only could get the basic exterior wash. So if an ******* prisoner crapped in the back seat and stuffed the seatbelt buckles with poo, off to the firehouse I went. Admin and dicks could get the $79 full detail job on their take home rides.
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Old 08-29-2013, 15:55   #6
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City owned wash rack. Interiors "soiled" by in-custody's get cleaned out per health and safety rules by Bio Clean (contractor). We clean the interiors when we have slow periods (vacuum, cleaning interior, windows, etc.). There is an expectation from the peer level as well as the citizens that the patrol car are kept clean looking.
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Old 08-29-2013, 16:21   #7
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Denver PD has an automated car wash inside the garage.
Run the car through rain/shine/hot/cold 24 hours a day.
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Old 08-29-2013, 16:29   #8
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About every two weeks I wash my assigned pool car at the station. They provide the hose, soap, buckets and towels for it. We can run through a car wash on our dime and I do that once at the very end of winter when no more snow is coming to remove the salt and brine from under the car. Mine has 150k on the dash and is about ready to be out to pasture but it'll go when I need it to.


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Old 08-29-2013, 16:43   #9
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I have a takehome and have four options.

1. Handwash at my house
2. Carwash using an "unlimited washes" package per month
3. A few local gas stations have an account for
our dept and we can swing in and charge it to the county
4. Bring it to the jail and have trustee inmates wash it.

Almost always I use option 2 or 3. When I'm washing my personal at home or the ol' ladys then I'll hand wash my squad.
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Old 08-29-2013, 16:47   #10
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We have take-homes so we are responsible for their cleanliness. We aren't supposed to use high pressure or brush washes, but many do it anyway. I'm sure the thinking is that automated washes damage antennas, overheads, spotlights, stickers, etc.

I have an unmarked 2003 CVPI with spotlights and a pushbar. I don't think I would have a problem in an automated wash.

But yes, the expense adds up, but that is the cost of a take-home.
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Old 08-29-2013, 16:48   #11
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We have take-homes so we are responsible for their cleanliness. We aren't supposed to use high pressure or brush washes, but many do it anyway. I'm sure the thinking is that automated washes damage antennas, overheads, spotlights, stickers, etc.

I have an unmarked 2003 CVPI with spotlights and a pushbar. I don't think I would have a problem in an automated wash.

But yes, the expense adds up, but that is the cost of a take-home.
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We have a couple contracts with automated washes in town. Receipt gets turned in to the back office with a badge number on it.
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I stop by the county jail and they have prisoners on work release that wash all the city and county cars.
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We have a couple contracts with automated washes in town. Receipt gets turned in to the back office with a badge number on it.
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Old 08-29-2013, 19:09   #15
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On Saturdays the work release guys used to wash ours. That was stopped, guess it was too "cruel". City has a contract with one of the automated car washes.
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Old 08-29-2013, 19:13   #16
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Old 08-29-2013, 19:58   #17
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Old 08-29-2013, 20:11   #18
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We have contracts with three different Shell stations for their drive-through washes and with two regular car washes. If someone befouls the cage, we call Crime Scene Cleaners.
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Old 08-29-2013, 20:28   #19
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We wash our own. The city used to have an automated wash for the garbage trucks out by Fleet services that we could use, but it's been closed for several years.

In our last round of contract negotiations we gave up our unlimited use of the cruisers while off- duty. This concession has caused a minor rebellion among the rank and file, refusing to spend their money to wash the city's car. Some of the really obstinate guys let their cars get absolutely filthy.

I wash mine once every ten days or so. Some of the gas stations give free washes to officers in uniform, but I miss out on that anymore since I'm in plain clothes. I have a rewards card for the gas station we use, so when I have enough points saved up for a car wash I get a free one that way.
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Wash a squad? What's that? I worked on evenings. When you have enough seniority, the day shift guys handled that at a local car wash that had a contract with the city.
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Our dept (now retired) has it's own automated car wash, trouble was it was at fleet maint near HQ, if you were in one of the other 4 precincts it was hard to get to. Most gas stations offered free car washes for patrol vehicles. They were take home vehicles, so ultimately you were responsible.

I was issued a 4x4 Truck so most car washes would not allow it. When I had my Polaris behind it on a trailer I went to a self service "spray and wash" to remove the mud. Tried it at a fire station, but those guys are so OCD about mud on their driveways.
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Old 08-29-2013, 21:20   #22
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Wash a pool car on your own time/dime. Now that's friggin' ridiculous. We have a full service wash my PD contracts through. For minor bio fluid issues in the backseat, our Public Works handles. For bigger issues a company is contracted. Same thing with flats. The tow company that gets a hefty contract changes our flats.
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Exterior: Code for car three local car washes or use the bay at the County shop, when it's working.

Interior: All up to the individual LEO

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Same thing with flats. The tow company that gets a hefty contract changes our flats.
I have changed a ton of patrol vehicle tires. You don't know fun until you're running lights and siren, have a blowout, change the tire on the side of the road (with the lights still flashing), get back in, turn on your siren, and continue to the call.

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Side note: I have had two blowouts while driving. Both were the passenger side rear tire. One at 55 MPH on gravel, the other at 120 MPH on the Interstate. Guess which one I'd choose to do, again.
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Old 08-29-2013, 23:31   #25
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Before I retired we had a drive-through car wash just after our fuel pumps. Nobody to wipe it down unless they had some community service workers that needed jobs, but here in AZ when you hit the road it dried immediately. So every car went out clean every shift. I've seen some duty rides that I would be embarrassed to drive in other places. Our interiors were done by jail inmates on a weekly basis unless there was a hazmat situation, then we took it in to the service bay and I don't know who took care of it. A clean car, like a clean uniform, makes a professional appearance.
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