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Lexington Backs Off On Changing Police Car Rules

By Associated Press

Lexington, KY – Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the city is postponing an effort to change a policy that allows police officers to use city cars while off duty.

The city backed off on proposed changes on Monday after the police union noted that use of the cars is governed by a collective bargaining agreement, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

At a news conference Monday, Gray said the union appears willing to look at modifying the home-fleet plan and he the city is delaying changes that Gray said will save taxpayers money and avoid a poor effect on public safety.

Under the proposed change, city police cars could only be driven to and from work and for "division-sanctioned" purposes.

The contract lets officers use city cars while off-duty as long as they respond to emergencies when needed.