Scottsboro police reducing participation in funeral escorts

In a post on the department’s Facebook page, Chief Ralph Dawe says the change is due to “manpower shortages and increased traffic causing the inability to provide safe funeral escorts.”

Posted: May 1, 2019 2:18 PM
Updated: May 1, 2019 10:45 PM

The Scottsboro Police Department is changing how it handles funeral escorts.

In a post on the department’s Facebook page, Chief Ralph Dawe says the change is due to “manpower shortages and increased traffic causing the inability to provide safe funeral escorts.”

Scottsboro Police Department

Statement from Scottsboro Police Chief Ralph Dawe

He said the department handles about 300 funeral escorts per year.

Until further notice, he said a patrol officer will help the funeral procession through its first major intersection.

“We regret to suspend the traditional escort service that the police department has provided for many years; however, we must keep safety as our top priority,” Dawe said. “We are committed to serving the community in the most productive and safest way possible.”

WAAY 31 talked to people in Jackson County who had different opinions on the department's decision to scale back funeral escorts.

"I see from that perspective why they're doing that," Alyssa White said. 

"I think it's very inconsiderate of the police station," John Smith said.

Smith said he thinks the decision goes against southern hospitality, and it will cause more wrecks. However, White understands that responding to emergency calls has to be the department's number one priority.

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