The Coweta Police department would like to introduce our newest “officer.” Actually “Officer Armadillo” is a new tool that is now part of our department’s arsenal of tools for helping to track traffic patterns around our community. While officers cannot be everywhere all the time, adding the Traffic Armadillo device gives us a way to “be there” when a need arises in a particular area or neighborhood. The device can be placed on a pole along any two-to-four lane road. It will then track all traffic on the roadway and provides both the City Manager's office and police department with traffic information, including the number of vehicles, size of vehicles, direction of travel, and — yes — their speeds. This information can help us with traffic studies for both planning and enforcement purposes. The device can be deployed for up to three weeks at a time and works in all weather. Upon completing its mission, the device is transported back to the PD where a report is complied to be used by the police department and other city offices to assist in traffic control, road repairs, and other programs requested by either citizens or the City Council.
If you feel that traffic in your neighborhood is traveling at speeds greater than the posted limit, you can request that the Armadillo be deployed to your neighborhood. If you would like to request the Armadillo for a traffic study in your neighborhood, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following: your name, address, phone number, and the reason for your request (such as speeding, heavy traffic, etc.).
We are happy to add this device to our department and look forward to utilizing it to its fullest capability.
-- Chief Michael Bell