150 Mile Limit for Patrol
Bulverde Report has received information from two credible sources that the Administration of the Bulverde PD has imposed an “unofficial” cap on the amount of mileage that patrol officers can put on their cruisers per 12 hour shift: 150 miles.
When I initially heard this, it sounded somewhat economical, until it was explained to me that the size of Bulverde is such that, you cannot go through the streets of each neighborhood, answer calls, and stay within the 150 mile cap. I would think that especially the night shift would patrol all the streets of the city. That would be negative.
In order not to get the admin sticky note on their daily activity report, they pick a fishing hole for tickets, and park it there for the majority of the shift. This explains why I consistently see a patrol car sitting for hours on US 281 running radar. It’s not the officers who choose to sit and run radar for the shift, it is the honorable administration telling the troops what their priorities are: traffic enforcement. Again I ask the question: Is this rule good for the residents of Bulverde? Are we getting our money’s worth? If you live in the City of Bulverde, and if you are concerned that you never see patrol cars go through your neighborhood, but always see them parked on the highway, maybe we should talk to the City Council.