Mayor, staff headed to Mobile for roadblock study

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and several members of his staff will head south this summer to learn how another Alabama city handles police roadblocks.

Mayor Strange says the city of Mobile has a successful roadblock program and he wants the capital city to learn from what that city is doing.

Roadblocks are a controversial issue for many people here in Montgomery. Recently some residents on the city's Westside complained they're not being conducted fairly, and they showed up at a recent city council meeting to show their displeasure.

The mayor plans to have a full scale presentation that shows how the checkpoints and other crime fighting measures are contributing to fewer crimes in the city," and to prove that the city is not targeting specific areas of the city.

"I was very impressed with it," Strange said of the presentation. "It shows a wide dispersion of check points. It shows less activity on the west precinct than on the north and south precincts...but it's a full blown presentation we will make to the city council...

The mayor and his staff will make the trip to mobile in May.