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Tiny Florida Town Shuts Down Police Department

October 02, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Tiny Florida Town Shuts Down Police Department

The City Council of a tiny north Florida town known as one of the nation's worst speed traps has voted to disband its small police force. The Waldo City Council on Tuesday voted 4-1 to eliminate the department just weeks after the chief and interim chief resigned because of state investigations into many issues, including an illegal ticket quota.

MY FOX Tampa Bay reports on the controversial town's speeding enforcement and how it may have led to the demise of the department.

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EODK9Trainer @ 10/2/2014 12:19 PM

Way overdue. As a retired LEO I've been embarrassed to hear about this town and how they operated when it came to writing tickets.

bob retired leo NY/FL @ 10/2/2014 1:49 PM

I go through Waldo several times a month and as a retired cop its nothing more then a speed trap. The money is used to keep the town coffers full and it was illegal yet they got away with it for years. The Police Chief was recently fired for giving orders that mandated tickets to I believe 12 a shift. Then a second acting Chief was fired and the County Sheriff had to be called in to run the Department. Now without the tickets flowing this one horse local town has had to close up the PD. This was a town that had 1100 people and better and more up to date police equipment then major departments. They had brand new patrol vehicles and I was told way to many for a small town then needed. All from ticket intake. As for the 20 mile over the limit receiving a ticket, that's poppycock. The signs drop from 65 to 55 to 45 to 35 as fast as you have read this. Five miles over the limit and more town revenue. And fellows, no professional courtesy in this town, you speed you pay.

TheRookie @ 10/2/2014 5:15 PM

Waldo's World has been whipped. For such a small agency there's been plenty of stories published about them. Everything I ever read about them has been due to their corruption. Was a Deputy in Park & Summit County, Colorado. Small town named Alma north of Fairplay did the same thing in the 90's. The Chief & Officers would take cash payments from tourist's for their fines, had a dummy sitting in a Patrol Car during off hours, & were known as crooks. They finally shut it down. Reopened with 1 person as the Town Marshall who is overseen by Park County Sheriff/Undersheriff.

bob retired leo @ 10/2/2014 9:57 PM

OK, time for a new WHERE'S WALDO book.

Ken @ 10/3/2014 5:56 AM

Now they need to fix the speed limits so the trap isn't run by the SO. This is a black eye for all law enforcement. Let's be done with it

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/3/2014 6:15 AM

The weird thing in Florida only $10 from the ticket goes to the agency the rest goes to Tallahassee. I could see doing it if there was something in it for the agency but all they are doing is funding road building projects throughout the state.

Stringtown Police departm @ 10/3/2014 7:15 AM

The Police department in Stringtown, Ok was put on probation for writing to many tickets in 2013-2014, but they did not even look at the speed that out tickets was before we stopped anyone. Our Town only has two ways from the East to get onto hwy 69/75 and the speed limit is 60 mph through our Town. the safety is the main concern due to having a school bus crossing the highway six time a day and the speed is to fast. How can they tell the Police department that it is a speed trap if they are going at least 15 over?

steve @ 10/3/2014 7:59 AM

I hope this is re-visited in about a year to see if the vehicle fatality numbers have gone up in that area. If I were a betting man, I'd bet they do. Then you'll hear from those morons, [trying to tell everyone else how to do their job], wanting to know why the numbers have gone up! And no doubt those same morons will want to lay the blame on someone else!!

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