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Holidays bring more patrols

Monday, November 21, 2011

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton
Clay County residents can expect to see extra patrol cars out during the holiday weekend.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton recently told The Brazil Times some of the deputies would be participating in the state's ongoing Operation Pullover blitz.

"We will have some additional patrols," Heaton said. "But we're running on a skeletal crew right now."

Heaton said one officer recently had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus stemming from a resisting arrest situation. He said the officer is "out temporarily."

Still, Heaton expected to have the additional patrols.

"We will have our regular patrol numbers, but there will be extras out working Operation Pullover," he said.

Heaton said deputies have to have specific training in order to participate in Operation Pullover.

He added there were no sobriety checkpoints scheduled for the weekend.

"We will have saturation patrols," he said, stating the patrols will be in areas where there have been a high number of driving under the influence arrests.

Heaton said increased traffic is the main reason behind additional patrols during the holidays.

"Operation Pullover is targeted around a lot of the holidays," Heaton said, "the different holidays, just because of the increase of people traveling and partying. Our department has been involved in Operation Pullover for quite some time."

Heaton said the increased patrols come courtesy of grant money through the Operation Pullover blitz campaign.

He said additional patrols would also be out during Christmas and New Year's Eve.

"There's so much advertisement about Operation Pullover and seat belt enforcement," Heaton said. "The public is pretty aware of when it is going on, when the periods are occurring. They just don't know where we're going to be."

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