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Ex-Cop Admits Police Across America Have Mandatory Ticket and Arrest Quotas

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Ticket quotas have been a long-dismissed topic of conversation by police departments across the United States. In spite of the “official” dismissals officers and departments have given, anecdotally, Americans seem to realize that there are certain times of the month when police seem hell-bent on given tickets, even for minor infractions. Other times of the month, police traffic patrols seem almost conspicuously absent.

Still, the official story is that there is no departmental policy of ticket quotas. But now, in Chesterfield County, Virginia, two delegates have said they are considering an outright ban on ticket quotas at law enforcement agencies, even while police deny their use.

This came just days after local CBS 6 uncovered traffic stop and arrest mandates at the Chesterfield County Police Department.

When questioned about the policies, Lieutenant Colonel Dan Kelly of the Chesterfield Police Department, said the mandates are not quotas at all. Instead, he characterized them as a perfectly legitimate performance standard.

But a former police officer from the very same department said he was concerned about how the department measured officer performance. His most recent job review contained traffic stop and arrest mandates.

It showed work goals such as:

  • Two-three traffic stops per day
  • One arrest per day

“Failure to meet the expectation during this work performance plan will result in further disciplinary action,” the review said.

Following this review, the former officer said he resigned. His meager 1% raise had been denied because he failed to meet traffic stop quotas. Now, he said, he is speaking out.

“This is…this is shocking…it really is,” Del. Riley Ingram, a Republican representative for the area, said.

“This is a little disconcerting,” Del. Delores McQuinn, a Democrat representative added. The leaked review was the first written proof of quotas she said she had ever seen.

When questioned about the document, police officials at the Chesterfield Police Department said that it was a legitimate document, but that they need to “clarify its intent.”

“If you think Chesterfield County Police officers are evil and out to target our citizens, that’s just completely false,” Lieutenant Colonel Kelly tried to explain.

Kelly admitted that their department does expect every patrol officer to make three traffic stops and one arrest during each and ever shift. That totals nearly 270 stops and 90 arrests every single day.

“Our officers are on the road 12 hours a day, so in a 12-hour period of time they stop three cars, I don’t think that’s unfairly targeting our citizens,” Kelly continued..

“I don’t sit behind my desk and arbitrarily come up with some number of a performance standard that I think our officers should meet,” Kelly said. “They are held accountable to what their peers do.”

Delegates Riley and McQuinn both said that the entire state of Virginia should consider doing the same thing as them in banning the practice of traffic quotas.

“I would hope this kind of practice would cease immediately,” Del. McQuinn explained. “I think as we go back into the General Assembly it needs to be addressed.”

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