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7/30/2007
Florida: Police Caught Cheating on Radar Training
Investigation into radar training record fraud could invalidate hundreds of Daytona Beach and Volusia County, Florida speeding tickets.

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Florida motorists may catch a break from citations issued by thirty police officers who were not properly trained on the use radar and lidar speed detection devices in Daytona Beach and Volusia County. The Flagler County Sheriff's office is investigating a Daytona Beach Community College training course taught by Flagler County deputy David Barbee, 34.

"My concern is will we have to pay for this class again for 25 police officers," Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. "And what could the legal ramifications be?"

According to the News-Journal, the investigation revolves around whether Barbee falsified attendance records and boosted grades for attendees. The validity of tickets issued by twenty-five Daytona Beach officers and five Volusia County deputies who took the course January 26 may face additional scrutiny in court.

The 40-hour radar class originally scheduled to begin August 6 is listed as "postponed" until September 24. The community college offers a number of other criminal justice training courses for police including how to operate an intoxilyzer machine to cite motorists for DUI and firearms training.

Source: Radar class probe could jeopardize officer training, tickets (Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL), 7/28/2007)



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