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NC5 Investigates: The Ticket Fix

Police Chief Wants Names of Fixers

(Story created: 3/9/06)

Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas says he wants to know who in his department has been fixing tickets. And he's sending a message to other officers, following an exclusive NewsChannel 5 investigation.

That investigation discovered that the citywide speeding crackdown ordered by Serpas doesn't apply to drivers who may be friends with a cop.

More than 700 people had multiple speeding tickets in the last two years -- and got out of every one.

Appearing on NewsChannel 5 Plus, this is what Serpas had to say.

"The process of fixing tickets -- it just smells bad.  There's nothing good that comes from that.... Let me be very clear about that:  For police officers to engage themselves in the reduction or removal of tickets for a gain that has nothing to do with the government's interest, I think it's unprofessional."

The police department's internal affairs unit has opened an investigation of the ticket fixing problem.

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