In Minneapolis Suburb, One Cop Stays Very Busy


Adam Halverson, a police officer in the Twin Cities suburb of Lino Lakes, Minn., made 535 traffic stops from July 1 to Aug. 27, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. That's two more than the rest of the 25-officer department combined made in the same period. During that period, he issued 261 citations, arrested 22 suspected drunken drivers and made two drug busts. In a single 12-hour shift, he makes as many as 30 stops. Halverson is the dedicated DWI enforcement officer in the city of 20,000, with a salary and equipment costs paid from federal funding.

Lino Lakes is in Anoka County, a hotbed for drunken driving, ranking second in the state for alcohol-related traffic deaths and serious injuries. Halverson’s boss, Deputy Director of Police Kelly McCarthy, praises his dedication. She has a quick response to the question speeders often ask: “Don't the police have anything better to do?” “How do you think you catch murderers or rapists? Traffic stops,” McCarthy said.

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