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Police use drug dealer’s car as pool vehicle

The use of a car by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, which was confiscated from a drug dealer, has been criticised.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner reports that a Kirklees councillor says the Audi A4 should be sold and the money ploughed into local policing.

However, the car is seven years old and, while it would have cost £25,000 when new, it would only be worth in the region of £5,000 today.

Speaking at a full Kirklees Council meeting, Lib Dem Clr Phil Scott said: “This vehicle should be sold and the money spent on local policing in communities.”

West Yorkshire Police say that the “PCC uses his own car, but along with all staff working within the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, he has use of a seven-year-old Audi A4 vehicle, which was seized following a forfeiture order against a man who was using the vehicle to deal drugs.”

And, Burns-Williamson hit back by saying that: “Re-using the vehicle saves the public a significant amount of money, which would otherwise be incurred through business mileage claims or the commercial hire of vehicles.

“This forms part of ongoing efficiency savings to ensure we continue to cost the public less than the previous police authority.”


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  • Carl Nicholson - 31/03/2014 12:00

    This is superb use of resources and an innovative way of saving on procurement costs, role conversions and all the other affore mentioned costs. As a fleet manager in the public sector we have done a similar thing in the past with a surrendered vehicle, all be it it was a much older citroen. the whole life costs of using it where vastly cheaper than buying a new pool car.

  • Keith Weaver - 31/03/2014 12:28

    This is a great idea although it won't be long before they consfiscate a Bentley. Can't wait for the headline then :)

  • Bianca Castafiore - 31/03/2014 12:33

    The time to worry is if the PCC starts to use the car to sell drugs......... If the PCC can make use of a confiscated quality car at a cost saving over an alternative, then what's the problem. However, maybe it would be better used by the drug squad, since it may attract wanted criminals........

  • JET - 31/03/2014 12:43

    This seems to be a great idea on behalf of the West Yorkshire’s Police. Using a seized drug dealers vehicle for non Police use is a way forward. As for the Lib Dem Clr Phil Scott comment....... !!!! where is the sence... sell a car for £5k (which would be all the money!!) and spend £25k...........I wonder why the national Police budget is blown!!

  • Martin Roberts - 31/03/2014 13:37

    He could do some undercover work at the same time, sort of West Yorks version of Huggy Bear!!

  • Mark Jephcott - 31/03/2014 13:51

    If they also use it as an undercover car just think of the savings then well done to a police force who is really starting to think outside the box.

  • Ian - 31/03/2014 14:49

    And if the car which is "worth £5k" was sold at auction it would probably raise less than £2k" after the costs of selling it. That £2k could then be used to hire in a vehicle at £150 per week for 13 weeks - - Then what - the A4 might run for another 3 or 4 years saving £31k of hire costs. Whoever suggested getting rid of the confiscated car needs to go away and sharpen his pencil !

  • Jim - 31/03/2014 15:51

    Is this advertising that it may be cheaper to buy or lease slightly older vehicles, once the early large depreciation has already occurred ?

  • Bianca Castafiore - 01/04/2014 10:54

    From the comments made so far, we all seem to be in agreement that a good decision has been made. Perhaps Fleet News can feed this information back to Lib Dem Clr Phil Scott, just to give him some idea of what a small section of potential voters think of his idea....... It would be a shame if this information was not put to good use. Incidentally, news here in the Midlands is that the newest Police Community Support Officer has been given a BMX bike rescued from the canal, and an electric wheelchair, confiscated from a drunk and verbally abusive pensioner is to be used by the Staffordshire Motorway Police...........

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