City attorney: "Warwick police made $1.2M from tickets"
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:07:42 GMT —
Within one year, Warwick police generated more than $1 million from fines and forfeitures, according to City Attorney Tommy Coleman.
The $1,250,000 was collected between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.
Coleman says that is a number that far exceeds any other town of its size. Warwick has a population of a little more than 400 people.
This was one of the reasons Police Chief David Morris was dismissed this week. City council members say he had a quota system in place and some police officers were terminated for not meeting the quota. The Warwick City Council voted 3-2 to let Chief Morris go in a meeting Thursday night after Morris appealed his proposed dismissal.
"It became an enterprise rather than a law enforcement agency," Coleman said.
The mayor and city council are in the process of finding a new police chief. Assistance Chief Yvette Miller is currently in charge until a replacement is found.