‘Operation Boo’ employed to scare drivers straight

Cops and Courts

“Operation Boo,” a special traffic enforcement program on Oct. 31, led to 52 traffic citations for drivers on Prince Street, the Clovis Police Department reports.
From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Halloween, five officers monitored traffic on Prince Street from Commerce Way to Llano Estacado Avenue due to a high number of crashes and traffic violations in that area.
“We wanted to grab people’s attention that these intersections are high-risk areas and we need to reduce the number of crashes,” said Capt. Dan Blair of the Clovis Police Department.
While 52 citations were issued for violations ranging from turning violations, red light violations, and following too closely, more than 70 other drivers escaped a citation because there weren’t enough officers available to stop them, he said.
“What we did was I stood out there and called out the violators, but the officers were busy writing citations for other drivers they had already pulled over,” Blair said.
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A new assistant district attorney is coming to the area, with primary duties in Portales.
Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said Dee Dee Hoxie is a Clovis High School graduate who recently graduated from the University of Texas Law School.
“She’s assigned to the Portales office now with the increased workload,” Carter said. “This will be the first time in probably 15 years that all of the staff in the Roosevelt office actually live in Portales.”
Carter said his office is authorized to have nine attorney positions for the two counties, including his own position; eight are filled. On Wednesday, Carter will make a presentation to state officials in Santa Fe urging that his office be assigned an additional attorney and secretary,
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De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves recently completed a national executive development program conducted by the National Sheriff’s Institute. It was attended by 32 sheriffs from around the United States.
According to the National Sheriff’s Institute, the program includes special training in homeland security, school violence, court security, leadership, drugs, and community relations. The organization serves as a group representing about 3,100 elected sheriffs in the United States and has more than 20,000 members, including sheriffs, deputies, and other law enforcement professionals.

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