Bloomberg Declares With Straight Face: NYPD Doesn't Have Quotas

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Mayor Bloomberg must have quite a sense of humor for saying today that the NYPD "does not have quotas," in response to the PBA ad published in this morning's Daily News.

He must be joking to take that position after what's happened over the past two years: the dozen or so police officers who have publicly disclosed the existence of quotas, the class action lawsuit by New Yorkers against quotas, the recent legislation that has passed on quotas, and the tape recordings, published in the Voice, of police supervisors pressuring cops and actually quoting specific numbers of summonses and stop and frisks that each officer is required to hit.

And yet, there he was, pretending that elephant in the corner does not exist. "You know it's always an issue," the mayor declared this morning. "Does the Police Department measure productivity? Of course they do. They're supposed to do that. They have a responsibility to do that."

"We do not have quotas," he added. "My recollection is quotas per say are illegal, so we certainly don't have them."

In their ad, the PBA's advertisement attacked the department for pressuring officers to hit quotas and then punishing them if their tickets are tossed from traffic court.

"Don't blame the cop," the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association ad says. "Blame NYPD management, for the pressure to write summonses and the pressure to convict motorists."

"They are still sending Internal Affairs sergeants to harass our guys at traffic court," explains PBA spokesman Al O'Leary. "They are pressing our guys to write summonses, and hitting them with three days lost vacation, costing them $900, if they don't dot an i and cross a t. Our members are furious."

Kelly's crackdown on summons writing stems from the ticket-fixing scandal in the Bronx, in which officers were caught on tape discussing how they made summonses disappear as favors to motorists. The effort, however, has angered the rank-and-file, as excessive and unnecessary, and a waste of Internal Affairs man-hours.

The ad depicts a police officer holding a summons book with his hand out, as an irritated woman hands him her drivers license.

"Because of ticket quotas, New York City police officers are being subjected to undue pressure to write summonses to as many motorists as possible, and they are being subjected to undue pressure to convict as many motorists as possible," the ad says.

"With all these pressures, the cop loses, the public loses and the traffic court justice system loses," the ad concludes. "The only winner may be the city's treasury, which collects either from the cop or the motorist."

--Sam Levin contributed reporting.

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Ticket quotas or officer evaluations for ticket production of any type, written or unwritten, official or unofficial, are simply unacceptable. They turn traffic enforcement into a predatory system driven by revenue, not by safety.  New York city police officers and their unions have been fighting this issue for many years.  Most police officers are high integrity individuals, and most hate being turned into road tax collectors by greedy governments.As a representative of the National Motorists Association, I helped get a bill passed in Michigan in 2010 which prohibits the use of numerical ticket production numbers as ANY part of an officer's evaluation. During the bill's process, a bad amendment was added to exempt traffic officers from this rule, but the NMA got it removed.  The bill passed in its original form and became law.  The history of the bill is here: York needs a similar law so that no police management officer and no city official could put pressure on police officers to be road tax collectors to produce revenue. Revenue is an unacceptable purpose for traffic enforcement.James C. Walker, National Motorists Association,, Ann Arbor, MI


If they're having trouble filling their quotqs, they should go to Coney Island Avenue and Ocean Avenue.  They should have no problem finding cars to ticket there.


Classic dictator behavior. Bloomberg dosen't really think that people are buying this. This is his way of saying, I'm in charge, I have total power, You have absolutely no say in anything, if you don't like it go and f**k yourself.

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