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City of Auburn responds to police division quota accusations

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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

A former Auburn police officer has accused the Auburn Police Division of requiring officers to meet monthly ticket quotas.

"When I first heard about that quotas I was appalled. I got into law enforcement to serve and protect, not to be a bully," explains former Auburn police officer, Justin Hanners.

Hanners' interview with ReasonTV, a libertarian monthly publication, was released Wednesday, July 24, and has reached over 184 thousand views on YouTube.

He joined the force in 2006 and was let go earlier this year.

Hanners says he has the recordings to prove corruption within the police force.

Now the City of Auburn is fighting back, saying Hanners is not releasing the whole story and that Auburn has never had a quota policy.

"I can assure the citizens that there is no quota here and I've made it very clear to the officers that there will not be anything close to it," explains Chief Paul Register of the Auburn Police Division.

Recently retired police chief, Tommy Dawson says Auburn residents deserve a hardworking police team and is upset by these accusations.

"Mr. Hanners needs to tell the entire story about why he's not employed any longer, but I'm not going to get into that today. That's for a different time, different place, but I'm just saddened by the whole ordeal," says Dawson.

When Dawson informed city officials that allegations of corruption had been made, they hired Bob Eddy, a third party and former state investigator, to conduct an independent investigation.

Eddy conducted an almost 700 hour investigation, including interviews with Auburn Police personnel and found no wrongdoing.

"Everybody here was talked to and given the opportunity to bring up anything they like to about the police division and its operations," says Register, "At the end of it, there was obviously no corruption, no wrong doing and nothing inappropriate."

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