Alachua County police take over Waldo after ticket controversy

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Now, police officers say they were forced to write them by them Police Chief Mike Szabo. Szabo was suspended by the city earlier this month for violating police policy and is now under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for reasons that have not been confirmed.

WALDO, Fla. - The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office has been asked to take over the Waldo Police Department temporarily.

Police officers say they were forced to write tickets by Police Chief Mike Szabo.

Szabo was suspended by the city earlier this month for violating police policy and is now under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for reasons that have not been confirmed.


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Waldo is one of only two AAA-designated "traffic traps" in the country.

 “Waldo has asked the Alachua County Sheriff's Office to take the helm of the police department until details into several scathing allegations have been settled,” said Sgt. Becky Butscher, ACSO.

“ACSO is working to put together an agreement.”

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