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APD gets $3K in equipment

By By Robbie Byrd, News Editor
The Atmore Police Department recently received roughly $3,000 in radar equipment from the Southwest Medical Center in Dothan as a part of the department's continued commitment to the state "Click It or Ticket" initiative.
Investigator Chuck Brooks said he is excited about the donation of the three radar devices.
"This will certainly help us in our efforts to reduce speeding in the area," Brooks said. "They have really come in handy."
The department has the equipment on loan for a three-year period. After that period, the equipment becomes property of the APD, as long as the department continues its commitment to the state "Click It or Ticket" initiative.
The APD participates in several different detail saturations, including DUI, speeding and general driving safety.
The department will also receive several ALCO sensors from the program, which Brooks said will help in the department's DUI initiatives.
The ALCO sensors determine "raw mouth alcohol content" on the scene, Brooks said.
"These devices can give officers more probable cause to affect an arrest on the scene for a DUI," he said.
While the devices have not yet arrived, they are on their way. Brooks hopes they will be operational in time for this year's Labor Day "Click It or Ticket" blitz.
Brooks warns motorists to be careful this weekend, as well as abide by state driving laws.
The APD will have extra officers on hand for this weekend's campaign, and will be checking for "speeding, drunk drivers, seat belt usage and equipment violations," Brooks said.