A poll conducted by the Tulsa World indicates that city voters overwhelmingly would prefer that police who live outside the city limits relinquish their right to take their cars home rather than have the city lay off officers, ground the Police Department’s helicopters and eliminate its mounted patrol.

However, respondents were basing their answers on the assumption that the change would save the department about $1 million per year, and questions linger as to whether that amount would actually be saved if the cars were kept inside the city limits, as the city has reported.

Police Chief Ron Palmer said Friday that the figure was a “decent estimate, but I am not sure if we would realize that full amount or not when it was finally said and done.”

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