New Brockton Checkpoints Controversy

Last month, New Brockton police held a DUI and driver's license checkpoint going into the Labor Day weekend, but many residents say they are upset with how it was conducted.

Ricky Strickland says folks were stopped along U.S. Highway 84 in downtown New Brockton

But while checking driver's licenses, vehicle identification, and proof of insurance Strickland says two reserve officers were making stops without a certified officer present.

Under Alabama law, such an officer is required to be at the roadblock.

"We're going to let reserve officers check the citizens without a reserve officer present, we will open the citizen to the possibility of lawsuits. We need to get have this checked out," says Strickland

New Brockton Police Chief Dale Grimes said it was a brief, several minute periods where he had to transport a prisoner to the jail and left the two reserve officers by themselves at the roadblock.

Strickland appeared satisfied with the explanation from Chief Grimes concerning the safety checkpoint.

The Southeast Medical Center provides much of the grant funding to cover police over time costs associated with conducting safety road blocks.

They've been credited with getting bad drivers off the road.


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  • by Just Me Location: Coffee County on Sep 16, 2007 at 06:16 PM
    Ricky needs to get a life and stop trying to find fault with everything the NBPD does. He's been at this for years!
  • by W. Singleton Location: Mckinnon St, New Brockton on Sep 14, 2007 at 08:48 AM
    About the road checkc in New Brockton, while Mr Strickling may have concerns on how the road blocks were conducted, WE need more road checks, we have a day care across the street where i live, and speeders go by here like they are on a freeway, I think we need to be concerned about our kids, the animal on street, and the drug problem in coffee county, ans support our police dept they do a very good job. ,
  • by Fuzzy Location: Level Plains on Sep 14, 2007 at 05:04 AM
    Reserves serve a very important roll in helping to protect the community and for the most part they do a excellent job but Police Officers they are NOT! Most are average citizens that want to help their communities. They have no more power than any other citizen so they can be held accountable for Any Action that they take against any other person. Just because a Certified Police is with them does not mean they can preform the required duties of the Police. Most reserves are not paid and most have to purchase their own equipment but they do provide a needed civic service. The agency that the reserves belong to will even be held accountable for their actions if I were a reserve officer or the head of a police agency I would contact the State attorney generals Office for guidance pertaining to the creation and use of a reserve force especially if they are carrying firearms. Making sure to stay within the State Laws for this government/civic function.
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