Law Enforcement Contest

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The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office began an enforcement contest to increase Deputy efficiency and improve community relations, but some question the incentive program.

The contest gives points to deputies for various acts, such as one point for a traffic stop, two points for a bar check, three points for a researched arrest that is self-initiated.

The deputy with the most points at the end of March wins a rechargeable stinger flashlight.

Some motorists say deputies shouldn’t be motivated by prizes to serve and protect.

County sheriff’s officials say the program helps with positive reinforcement for deputies who do a superior job.