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Memo shows Country Club Hills police chief urged officers to write more tickets

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As many local police departments come under fire, News 4 took a look at one of them to find out why it is writing so many traffic tickets.

News 4 Investigates followed Major Michael Adler of the Country Club Hills Police Department, a local legend when it comes to writing traffic tickets.

On the day News 4 followed him, Adler was accompanied by a second officer who helped him communicate with a driver Adler had pulled over, allowing Adler to get credit for writing the tickets, but not requiring him to stand on his feet for long, or repeatedly get out of his car.

Outside Country Club Hills Municipal Court, Patrick Logan told us Adler gave him seven tickets on one traffic stop. Logan said it cost him about $1,000 to pay off the citations and the attorney who helped reduce the fines.

Country Club Hills Police Chief Clifton Ware has pushed his officers to get more aggressive.

In a May 2013 memo obtained by News 4 Investigates, the Clifton says some officers were ignoring what he called the issue of traffic productivity. The chief wrote, "For those of you who have chosen to and continue to ignore this issue, those officers, supervisors and command officers will be reassigned to a vehicle that is not equipped with a computer, unless there's a dramatic and noticeable change in those officers' productivity."

Despite his promise to talk with News 4 Investigates, Clifton never responded to repeated requests after News 4 approached him that day.

According to annual Missouri Municipal Court reports, traffic cases increased 90 percent in Country Club Hills during the two years following that memo. It was the second highest increase in St. Louis County following Bellefontaine Neighbors, which increased traffic cases by 130 percent.

News 4 also requested a response from the mayor of Country Club Hills, but he did not respond.

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