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      City attorney: "Warwick police made $1.2M from tickets"

      The $1,250,000 was collected between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

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      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.

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