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Mar 7, 2012 10:34 AM by AP

Welsh police officers' TED hours request denied

WELSH, La. (AP) - Welsh officials have denied a request by the police chief to increase the hours off-duty officers can work an interstate traffic enforcement detail.

The American Press reports Police Chief Tommy Chaisson asked the council Tuesday to approve a measure to keep the program going at a rate of $25 per hour and to increase the number of hours from six to 12 to allow officers to be more productive.

The TED program targets traffic and drug violators on Interstate 10.

Alderman Charles Drake disagreed with increasing the hours and asked that officers continue to work six hour shifts for another three months while the program continues to be reviewed.

Town officials say TED officers wrote 774 tickets that generated over $52,000 from Nov. 1, 2011, to Jan. 31, 2012.

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