The record high price of gasoline forces the Michigan police to significantly reduce the number of trips planned for patrolling the streets. The sheriff of the local precinct instructed his deputies to “try to solve all issues by phone.”
Fuel prices are rising rapidly, especially in Michigan, USA, where, according to the American Automobile Association of the USA, the average price of gasoline in Michigan is $5.21 per gallon of gasoline (4.55 liters).
Thus, fuel-saving measures are being taken in the Great Lakes State, including by the Michigan State Police.
Due to the fact that fuel prices have now reached an all-time high, County Sheriff Michael Main said that his county has already “exhausted” the budget allocated for fuel at the moment, and there are several months left before the “reset of the budget”, the local edition of Fox News reports.
However, Main instructed the police to “try to resolve any issues over the phone if possible.” Such calls include calls that do not require the physical presence of the police, for example, to collect evidence or documentation.
However, this does not mean that the Michigan State Police will no longer patrol the streets.
“The police will continue to patrol all districts of the district, they will respond to those calls that need to be managed personally,” the Chief said.
“Any call that is conducted with active suspects will require a response from the deputies. I want to assure the community that safety is our main goal, and we will continue to respond to such calls.”