OWI patrols being reduced in Fox Valley area

CREATED Dec. 23, 2013

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APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Fox Valley authorities will be reducing certain patrol shifts designed to nab drunken drivers because it's getting harder to find officers to fill the late-night shifts.
A Post-Crescent Media report says Appleton police conducted about 40 "saturation patrols" in the 15 months that ended in October. In the year ending next September, police expect fewer than 10.
Shifts for that patrol are generally in the late evenings and early mornings. Police Capt. Todd Freeman says it's harder to find officers willing to sign up for the voluntary patrols, which are in addition to their regular shifts.
Despite the cutback, Freeman says officers are still making arrests and the task force is still making its presence felt.
Brown County authorities say the patrols have helped changed attitudes about drunken driving, which has helped stem the problem.