Sunday, May 15, 2011

Ticket Quota?

In California ticket quotas are illegal. They should be illegal. There is no reason for agencies to have quotas for the number of tickets that officers write in a shift. If there are quotas violators can use the defense in court that the officer was only trying to fill in his ticket quota not actually ticketing a violator. It also causes officers to be tempted to write tickets that are marginal.

Officers who are generally tasked with writing tickets, such as motor cops, can be evaluated properly without simply counting the number of citations they write per shift. Officers or their dispatcher should be keeping a log of the officers’ activity. Overall activity is a better measure of the officers’ performance than the simple number of tickets they write in a day.

The number of traffic stops is a better measurement of officer behavior and performance, no matter what the outcome. Not everyone stopped is deserving of a ticket. Some people stopped may not get a ticket; they may instead be arrested for some other offense not directly related to the stop. The officer may also write crime reports, traffic collisions or other time consuming reports that take them from the field. I would rather rate officers on the total of their self-generated activity, not just tickets; that’s what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

I have NEVER liked quota systenms for ANYONE or anything.

It's like hanging a Sword of Damocles over one's head, or lighting a hoop for someone to jump through.
And it HURTS rather then helps REAL (and honest) productivity.

GOOD policing will find it's OWN citations and write it's OWN tickets.
(and for a lot of things that would be missed otherwise)
Be nice if more departments REALLY understood that.

Roll safe out there.

Bunkermeister said...

There are many ways to measure productivity, ticket quotas are not needed.