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Paducah police cut traffic enforcement team

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PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - The Paducah Police Department is cutting its traffic enforcement division with officials citing a staff shortage as the reason for the unit's demise.

Police Chief Brandon Barnhill told WPSD-TV in Paducah (http://bit.ly/1oZl3xl ) traffic laws will still be enforced, but not at as high a level as before.

Barnhill brought the unit back from a 15-year hiatus about a year and a half ago. During that time, the city saw crashes in about five target areas go down by double digits.

The department has eight vacancies right now. Barnhill said they had to cut the traffic patrol unit so they have enough officers to respond to the 911 calls they get every day. Bringing the unit back is not out of the question once the department gets more officers on staff.

Information from: WPSD-TV, http://www.wpsdlocal6.com

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