By: Dorothy Sherman
AUBURN, AL - It's unfortunate for Auburn police officers. That's what Auburn Chief of Police Paul Register said about recent allegations made against the Auburn Police Division.
"We have a lot of very fine, fine people that work here," Chief Register said. "I think that the community would be very please and surprised to know how hard they work."
Earlier this week a former Auburn police officer, Justin Hanners, made claims on Reason.TV that the Auburn Police Division were setting quotas. Hanners also released a voice recording of an Auburn officer pushing 100 contacts a month. That's something Chief Register doesn't deny happening, but said it's no longer an issue.
"That you're speaking of was about a year ago," Chief Register said. "That has been addressed, and covered more than one time moving forward from that, we will not assign a number."
Chief register also took the time to explain the Auburn University football detail saying it's overtime work presented by a third party and not on the taxpayers' dime.
"These are all extra officers that are not tasked with the regular patrol of the city of Auburn and the community. These are overtime assignments that do not take away from the officers that regularly patrol the city," Chief Register said.
In response to Hanners' claims that the division pulls bike cops to work
downtown Auburn, Chief Register said University bike cops are allowed to work downtown, but said that doesn't mean the campus is unsecured.
"We definitely keep officers on the campus at all times whether they are the bike officers, but in addition to the bike officers we have officers riding around in the black and whites too," Chief Register said.
As for the quotas Chief Register said there is no number on contacts or tickets of any kind. And, as far as what caused Hanners to be fired is still unknown. City officials won't comment on that, but said the entire story is not being told.
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