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Suwanee police to use radar again March 1

SUWANEE - The city of Suwanee expects its police force to be able to use radar again on March 1.

Capt. Clyde Byers said the city had to re-apply for a state-issued permit to use radar because the permit had expired. Last week Snellville became the first city in Gwinnett County to regain the use of radar, because its permit had not expired.

Two weeks ago city and county leaders settled a three-year long service delivery dispute, which forced all local governments to lose state grants and permits.

Byers said residents who are cognizant of their speed, or have radar detection or laser devices, would notice the change.

While the city has been without the use of radar since the end of 2010, city leaders have said the need for it to return is primarily for public and highway safety, and not revenue generated by citations.

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kevin 2 years, 1 month ago

I guess the police departments all around the county are yelling for more money. Radar helps them. I wish the Suwanee Police would patrol the new Mcginnis Ferry road from Old Peachtree Rd to Buford Hwy. Every single time I drive on it cars travel 50-65 mpg on that stretch. They don't woory about the school zone either. If Suwannee Police want to make their quotas, they need to sit on that stretch of road. L-Vill-Suwanne is another speed spot from McGinnis Ferry to Dean Rd. Where are the cops when you need them?

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rmbr343 2 years, 1 month ago

I know someone who just got a ticket going down McGinnis Ferry Road from Satellite toward Buford Highway. I've also seen them near the elementary school. They're around!

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Mack711 2 years, 1 month ago

@mustardandbiscuit Stop attacking folks who wish to comment. You add nothing to the conversation at hand and very disrespectful to all on this page who wish to make reaonable comments. You do not have to agree, but have respect for all that do comment.

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Mack711 2 years, 1 month ago

Here we go again. Another city using the police to add to the cities treasury. Some have said that we need to make Gwinnett a city, like Jacksonville. Then we would have only one police department one fire department and one place to go for citie services. This is a revenue issue and only a revenue issue. With the police back to using radar bet the crime rate goes up. No money in catching crimanals, only speeders and traffic violations.

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gclg 2 years, 1 month ago

This has nothing to do with revenue. Im sure the extra revenue is nice though. This past year Suwanee hasn't had any budget issues because unlike other cities in Gwinnett, Suwanee saves money instead of spending every dime they have. coughcough** Snellville..

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Mack711 2 years, 1 month ago

You got the point, have seen your comments on other pages and realized that you have nothing to offer other than putting folks down if they do not agree with your ideas. If this is all that you say then maybe you should respect the others who post comments and suggestions that refer to the subject at hand. Stop attacking the indivisual and attack the topic at hand. You do not have much credit when you use this format to attack others because you think you have the right idea.

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Mack711 2 years, 1 month ago

@gcigThe above comment was directed at mustardand biscuts not to gcig. please accept my apologzes It seems his comments have been removed

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jack 2 years, 1 month ago

The statement, presumably said with a straight face, that speed enforcement is not about revenue, coupled with the stories of the unlicensed foot massages and helicopter pursuit of a teenage drinker, only serve to erode the credibility of local law enforcement.

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rmbr343 2 years, 1 month ago

State law says that a police departments budget cannot contain more than 10% of revenue earned from traffic fines. So, I doubt that's what they're concerned about. I know several of the officers in Suwanee and what they're really concerned about is not having to notify someone's next of kin that their loved-one is dead as a result of someone speeding.

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Ashley 2 years, 1 month ago

That never happens. Speeding does not cause accidents.

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Mack711 2 years, 1 month ago

Speeding can be stopped if they really want to stop the speeding. your comment is well taken, however 10% of the budget can amount to 100K in additional revenue. The concern is that during the time that radar was not in use officers did more patroling to stop the criminals. At least that is what has been reported in some publications. The cities want to have this as a revenue tool. Suwanee uses it the tax funds wisely unlike other cities who depend on this

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rmbr343 2 years, 1 month ago

You want to know what's going on in the Suwanee Police Department, then I challenge you to sign up for their Citizens Police Academy. I did and it was quite the eye-opener. Go to http://www.suwanee.com/cityservices.police.php for the registration information. Here's information about the CPA...

Behind the badge

Believing that the best weapon against crime is an informed citizen, the Suwanee Police Department is once again offering its popular Citizens Police Academy. Over the past eight years, more than 300 individuals have participated in this hands-on, eight-week program.

Classes for this spring session will be offered at 6:30 Tuesday evenings beginning March 20 at the Suwanee Police Department, 373 Buford Highway. Those wishing to participate must provide notarized applications by 5 p.m. Friday, March 2.

The program offers residents a better understanding of the day-to-day functions, risks, and experiences of Suwanee police officers. Topics addressed include crime scene processing, traffic stops, building searches, crime prevention, and narcotics identification.

Here's what 2011 Citizens Police Academy participant Michelle Budd had to say about her experience: "I really enjoyed the orientation program…. The enthusiasm and passion that was shown by each of you is very inspiring. It is obvious that policing is not just 'what you do,' it is part of 'who you are' and it comes from your heart."

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CD 2 years, 1 month ago

@ Mack: the city debt has ballooned exponentially. Wise spending? Maybe. Maybe not.

@rmbr: I know what SPD is doing. I see them harassing people in the Cracker Barrel parking lot on a continual basis. Perhaps they ate too many biscuits. Also, due to one officer's behavior characterized as aggressive, not to mention the sexual escapades, the former mayor is taking a walk on his DUI charge. The SPD has a long history of this type of behavior. The facts are what they are.

Given a choice of purchasing from Suwanee-based businesses or driving to Buford, for example, where you do not need be concerned with felon police officers, I choose the latter. It's just much simpler and the drive is roughly the same distance. I hope more citizens choose this as well. Hopefully, the Suwanee business-owners will demand that they not be penalized for the felonious behavior of the SPD one day in the future.

The best yet: Not too long ago, a really good hot dog establishment, right up from the SPD, was broken into. SPD could not respond in time even though they are just down the street. How's that for service? Oh yeah, they were at Cracker Barel counting citizen's biscuits.

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