Prichard Chief: Traffic Program Must Go

Prichard Chief: Traffic Program Must Go

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Prichard’s new police chief has been in for about a month and is now ready to make a major change in the department.

Since January police have been working on a pilot program called iTraffic, which has officers dedicated to just traffic enforcement.

The plan was for supposed to bring in extra revenue to the city but the chief says from what he has seen it has under-performed and taken officers off the streets.

“When they are called in for a call of shots or they have to do backup or they have to serve someone that needs the police. Would you rather them sit on the side of the road to wait for someone to speed by them for revenue? Or would you rather they save someone who is having a heart attack or being robbed at a gas station? I mean it is just common sense,” said Chief Jerry Speziale.

Speziale says he isn't sure how long the city is tied to the iTraffic contract, but hopes to be out by the start of next year.

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