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July 24, 2013
On topic: ChiefDC is right--this article is trying to pull a fast one.
California has it easy, Jonas. In NY, the state surcharge for citations is $85 per charge.
We live in the revenue generation era. In addition to the bail amount of the ticket, CA adds an $8 surcharge to cites issued statewide. Politicians believe they have the right to do this to the people who elect them to office. Sad. Very sad!!
I agree quotas for tickets and arrest are wrong and in some places illegal. BUT the headline here is greatly misleading and borderline fictitious. What was required was CONTACTS. To quote the article "He says that each officer was required to make 100 contacts each month, which included tickets, arrests, field interviews, and warnings." The definition of contacts "include" tickets warnings arrest and field interviews, so what else was included on the list? I bet reports of crimes, calls for service accident reports and other all are also contacts (but that does not help make the story). The article used mathematics to sensationalize the slant of the article. How about looking at it from a supervisors view? Officers work 40 hours a week four weeks in a month that basically is 160 hours a month. Now that makes the requirement less than one contact hour. A ticket or warning takes how long? 4-5 minutes at best that leaves well over an hour of doing what? Documented activity is was your department wants to show the "powers that be" (city council) to justify the need for more staff, better equipment and pay raises. I wonder about an officer that cannot find one "contact" (note it does not have to be a ticket or arrest) every 96 minutes he is on duty.
This Officer was correct in speaking out against any quotas, especially those numbers. There is the expected amount of contacts or tickets that Departments should feel their Officers who are in Traffic should be able to turn in in a month, which is usually a very low number. My Department thought that the traffic officers should ave somewhere around 5 tickets a day on average. That is an extremely low number as you almost have to hide not to write more than that in an 8 hr shift. Not only that, they considered it just an average and if you didn't do that many, no big deal. Now if an Office only wrote 25 tickets in a month they would want to know why but there was no quota to speak of nor should there be. We are out there to help serve our community and keep it safe, not to harass them.
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