This story was sent to me by a friend of mine who lives down near Richmond. Apparently, the city sheriff (Mr. Anderson) has quite a little racket going along Interstate 295....where a small portion of it passes through his jurisdiction.
Hopewell's "Million Dollar Mile" threatened by budget amendment - NBC12.com-Richmond, VA News, Weather, Traffic & Sports
First, why is a CITY sheriff conducting "speed enforcement" along an Interstate highway which has NOTHING AT ALL to do with his residents or the streets of his city? (Well, we know why.) Emporia, near the NC line, does this along I-95 on a regular basis; despite having plenty of "real crime" to worry about inside the incorporated area of their city.
Second, if Hopewell has a police department, why isn't the sheriff tasked with prisoner transport, running the jail, civil process and courthouse security? Wouldn't the police department be responsible for patrol operations?
Third, don't we have plenty of state troopers in VA who are quite capable of enforcing speed laws on Interstate highways? Seems to be that this sheriff is stepping on their toes a bit. We don't need any bad blood between Hopewell and the VSP, do we? Nothing like internecine conflict to get folks angry over a perceived turf war.
Fourth, if it is just really about safety (Cough! Cough!) and not making money with a speed tax; let the legislature change the funding formula so that the money goes to the state rather than the Hopewell budget. If Sheriff Anderson's deputies are still out on I-295 a few months afterward, then we will know he was being truthful. Um, yeah......right.
P.S. Are any of you officers, deputies or citizens in that area familiar with this apparent fundraising scheme?