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Controversy in Coopertown: Alderman Worried about Police Patrol

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 COOPERTOWN- Coopertown's new lawmakers want to put the 'brakes" on the city's reputation of being a 'speed trap city". At least one alderman says they aren't so sure those days are over after discovering paperwork filed with the state concerning patrolling I-24.

The Coopertown Police Chief said no one on his three man staff  has issued a speeding ticket on I-24 in 2014. Mayor Sam Childs is calling this nothing but purely politics over paperwork. Mayor Childs said before he took office the city made $12,000 from speeding tickets in 2005. By 2008 the city generated $1.2-million dollars in speeding tickets making Coopertown a speed trap city.

"Those days are over. There's a new sheriff in town and we're gonna do what is right. The department here has overcome what has happened in the past and we're looking towards a brighter future" said Police Chief Shane Sullivan.

Some aldermen were worried when "radar" and "traffic monitoring" showed up as duties performed by Coopertown Police when it filed its annual paperwork with the state. Chief Sullivan and Mayor Childs both say the paperwork included specific language only as a legality. It was written in so that police officers would have the power to perform all duties necessary just in case they were called in as back-up to assist another law enforcement agency on the interstate.

Mayor Childs wants people to know that police are not abusing their authority and even says the money coming in from speeding tickets right now is under budget. During Tuesday's meeting Chief Sullivan reported his department made 77-traffic stops and issued 25 tickets.

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