Why is there a Perkins cruiser at Steak n' Shake?
Businesses in Perkins Township sometimes contract with the police department for extra security. These businesses pay for a uniformed officer (covering costs including salary, vehicle, and benefits) to have a presence at the business to deter crime or for crowd control. These officers are not technically "on duty" with the police department when they take the shifts, but they're in uniform and have all of their normal police powers. There's really no down side to the program. Local businesses get the extra security they want, officers make some extra cash picking up these side hours, and the police department has another uniformed officer enhancing safety in the township on someone else's dime. Steak n' Shake isn't the only business in Perkins Township that has contracted extra security with the police. You might also see officers at Cinemark on busy movie opening nights and at big-box retailers during the holiday season.