Picayune police working to save on gasoline

Picayune residents might see something that hasn't been seen in years here because of the drastic rise in fuel prices: police officers walking a beat.

With the price of gas pushing $4 per gallon, Police Chief Bryan Dawsey says fuel-saving measures will change the way the police department operates.

The Picayune Item reports that Dawsey told city councilmen that fuel consumption was cut by more than 100 gallons in one week.

Dawsey says residents might see more patrols conducted by motorcycle, and even foot patrols, to save on fuel.

Dawsey says officers are keeping cruisers tuned up at regular intervals, parking the vehicles for at least one hour per day, turning the vehicles off when unoccupied and going on foot patrol near businesses.

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