DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) - Diamondhead's new police force has been on the job a little more than a week now. Since the officers went on patrol, residents say the police are stopping a lot of drivers and writing tickets.
"I've seen their new patrol cars, they've been patrolling a lot. Every time I come into town, I see at least two or three traffic stops going on," said Diamondhead resident Stephen Henry.
Henry has lived in Diamondhead for many years and said the new police force is too aggressive when it comes to traffic stops.
"It might be a bit of a money grab just trying to pay for their new cars, just trying to write as many tickets as possible," said Henry.
But others, like Nan Hall, say this change is necessary.
"I've seen them pull over people, hide behind bushes and things like that, but I'm glad that we have our city police," said Hall.
"Well, if that is true, then that means we're doing our job," said Diamondhead Police Commander Al Hermann.
Commander Hermann said the goal of the police force is to be proactive rather than reactive. He said speeding has always been an issue in Diamondhead. So now, they're putting an end to it.
"We're here for your protection. We're here for your safety. We do not write the laws, we only enforce the law," said Commander Hermann.
Hermann said in the last week they've issued roughly 70 tickets, 23 for speeding and 17 were for running stop signs. The remainder were given for a variety of violations.
"I hope it doesn't continue that way. We would prefer to not write as many tickets," said Commander Hermann.
Hermann said tickets are easy to avoid: Simply obey the law.