JPD assigns officer to work traffic enforcement
by Elane Jones
Jul 27, 2012 | 3005 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe has reassigned night-shift patrol officer Chris Robinson as the department’s full-time traffic officer and hired two part-time officers to help work traffic, too. Photo by: Elane Jones
Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe has reassigned night-shift patrol officer Chris Robinson as the department’s full-time traffic officer and hired two part-time officers to help work traffic, too. Photo by: Elane Jones
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The Jasper Police Department recently reassigned a night-time patrol officer as the department’s new full-time traffic officer.

Jasper Chief of Police Connie Cooner Rowe said Patrol Officer Chris Robinson will now enforce the traffic laws in areas with reported issues of traffic violations.

“We have, what I consider to be, some rather serious traffic issues within our jurisdiction, so we are going to focus our efforts on some of the areas where we frequently receive a lot of complaints,” Rowe said. “Robinson was interested in this assignment, and he is an exemplary officer, so I think this is a good match.”

Rowe said Jasper police frequently have complaints of speeding and reckless driving, sometimes related to drivers texting while driving, so she anticipates the volume of citations written for traffic violations in Jasper to increase as the result of this assignment.

“We have also hired two part-time officers to work traffic. These officers will not be working under a quota system,” Rowe said, “but I expect because this will be the focus of their entire shift, many more traffic tickets will be written.”

According to Rowe, Robinson will work a varied schedule determined by a statistically-driven departmental reporting system.

“Our software system and Alabama Criminal Justice Information System resources allow us to look at not only where we have the most traffic issues, but what times of day and days of the week those type incidents tend to occur,” Rowe said. “So Officer Robinson’s schedule will change frequently. He will be assuming his new duties immediately, and the part-time officers will follow suit in the coming weeks.”

Rowe said traffic tickets issued by the Jasper Police Department are computer generated and filed, immediately, as they are created.

“So, citizens who are issued traffic tickets should appear in Jasper City Municipal Court at the time and date listed on their traffic citation,” Rowe said.

Residents with traffic complaints should contact the clerk’s office at the Jasper Police Department at 205-221-6790.