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Valley Brook is no speed trap, records show

The town of Valley Brook, Oklahoma, generates about 80 percent of its revenue through police-related activities, but Police Chief Mike Stamp says he is not running a speed trap or writing tickets strictly to generate cash.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: November 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm •  Published: November 17, 2013
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The town of Valley Brook generates about 80 percent of its revenue through police-related activities, but the town's chief of police says he is not running a speed trap or writing tickets strictly to generate cash.

Police Chief Mike Stamp concedes that his officers write plenty of tickets that generate hundreds of thousands of dollars of revenue each year.

The town has eight full-time officers and five more working part-time, a big police force for a town of less than 1,000 people.

Stamp said the majority of the people his officers deal with are out-of-towners, drawn to Valley Brook because of its two strip clubs, Little Darlings and Fancy's.

Records reviewed by The Oklahoman show that Stamp is telling the truth, at least about not running a speed trap.

For the first nine months of 2013, Valley Brook police wrote 3,347 tickets. Only 261 of them — or about 8 percent — were speeding tickets.

For those pulled over in the town, the most likely outcome is a warning ticket. Valley Brook officers issued 736 warnings to drivers from January to September, which represents about 22 percent of all citations written in the nine-month time frame.

Drivers in Valley Brook are also more likely to get ticketed for driving with a suspended or revoked license or having an improper or expired tag than they are for speeding.

“I think we are in a unique situation here in Valley Brook ... with the type of businesses that we have,” Stamp said.

“From a police standpoint, we're out here taking care of what matters. We're not out here with the intentions of writing tickets to make money ... to generate revenue for the town. We're trying to keep the drugs off the streets, the drunks off the streets.”

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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I think we are in a unique situation here in Valley Brook ... with the type of businesses that we have.”

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