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.