When you see a police officer getting out of his car it usually means someone is getting a pricey ticket. But when an officer gets out at a gas station, it's only the city that will have to pay for the stop.
"It's a hard obstacle to overcome. We're just trying to come up some other cost saving ideas," says Hutchinson Police Captain Troy Hoover.
He says gas prices are starting to cut into the department's budget. And with officers spending much of their 12 hours shifts in patrol cars, getting about 10 miles per gallon, he says something has to change.
"Maybe doing some foot patrol, getting out of the cars and just walking and making contact with citizens and those kinds of things."