Icy Weather Hinders The Work Police Can Do

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ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — The Arab Police Department is getting back in the swing of a normal day after several days of dealing with the winter weather.

Weather like what the Tennessee Valley saw over the last several days has the Arab Police Department working double time. “A lot of our resources are devoted to traffic and things of that nature,” Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says.

He says when snow and ice hit the city most of the department gets pulled to work. “We call in some of our investigators, they help with patrol, some of our secondary units, they help with patrol, some of our administrative staff, they help with traffic and things inside the city,” Assistant Chief Washburn says.

So it’s all hands on deck, but everyone in the department still has their regular jobs to do, and those jobs can’t stop.  “They don’t stop investigating they continue that,” Assistant Chief Washburn says, “But in the middle of their day they might have to help patrol with a large accident.”

So the department has to prioritize, and do its best to make sure everything that needs attention gets done as best it can can under the circumstances.

Arab Police say they do have several investigations that are ongoing and now that the winter weather has subsided investigators are going to continue back on those full force.