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Letter: Police officers breaking link in chain of knowledge

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James Wilson


To the editors:

This letter is to bring attention to a situation I observed at 9:15 a.m. May 29 at Smith Valley Road and Valley Oaks.

First let me say that I greatly appreciate the police controlling the speed limit on Smith Valley Road between Old Meridian and Main Street in Greenwood.


At times it is almost impossible to access Smith Valley from the housing additions due to the significant amount of speeding on Smith Valley Road.

I did observe this morning the police using the radar guns to catch speeders. I also saw something that does need to be addressed by the Greenwood Police Department: The person using the radar gun was not the person issuing the ticket.

The person holding the radar gun did show the person writing the ticket the image on the radar gun; however, the policeman issuing and signing the ticket had no way of knowing if the radar gun had been reset after the previous usage. This action creates a break in the “chain of knowledge” needed to validate the issuing of the speeding ticket.

The police department should address the above situation. The only person issuing and signing the speeding ticket should be the person handling the radar gun.

Thus said, I believe the Greenwood Police Department should be required to contact all persons issued tickets during that period and invalidate the tickets issued.

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