PBA: Blame NYPD For Ticket Quotas; Cops Unfairly Targeted by Internal Affairs

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In an unusual public push-back at Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, the city's police officers union ran an ad in today's Daily News, attacking 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."

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fr551s
fr551s

speaking of quotas today is the 4th and i drop off my daughter at school the nypd traffic waited for me to get out walk 100ft send my daughter inside and hops out and gives me the ticket. I was yelling so she would stop but ofcourse it's the begining of the month and she need to meet the quota.  i took a picture and all is there any way i can beat this ? i mean i just left .. it was so quick in fact we had a 1 minute conversation and i left and the ticket still had not printed...really? 

Melp9
Melp9

Actually, cops resent the fact that if a case is found to be not guilty in traffic court then they lose 3 of their vacations days because the department accuses their being human and making a mistake for corruption.And cops resent that if they don't write tickets for fear of making an error and being called corrupt, their schedules are changed and they are denied personal days for events like their child's christening or their sisters wedding- I feel for them!

Almost done
Almost done

 I have been a cop for 27 years. When I started in the NYPD in 1985, the "Quota" was 25 parlers, 10 movers, and 3 red lights. It wasn't a suggested number it was a quota. Thats it. you could have come in with 10 felony arrests for the mont they didn't care. As long as you had those summonses your were golden. i am in another department now and its the same thing. They want 1 summons for every day on patrol. They don't put it in writing but they pull you in and tell you to your face.

asterios9
asterios9

The connection between the ticket-fixing case and quotas is pretty strange.  It sounds to me more like the PBA just can't process the idea their "professional courtesies" are illegal, and are making a reference to quotas to try and sway public opinion.

So it seems like this is what is really going on.

1) Cops resent that they can't intentionally throw traffic cases as favors.2) They resent scrutiny of the quality of their summonses.3) They resent that they can't just stop writing summonses in protest.

Boo-fricken'-hoo.

fbxl5
fbxl5

So in addition to, Muslims, minorities, people in clean hallways buildings, people stopped and frisked, journalists, protesters, city council members, deans of universities and activists even the police themselves think the NYPD is out of control. Does anyone else see a pattern here?

Jpastor
Jpastor

You must be a boss of nypd..Arrogant and closed minded. Wake the f up already. Everyone knows there's a quota.

asterios9
asterios9

Nah, I'm just a guy who can keep two ideas in his head at the same time.  Two of the things that the PBA are complaining about in the ad (IA observing traffic court and commanders making cops accountable for the quality of their summonses) are GOOD THINGS and have nothing to do with quotas.

Tickets should be justified (in that they are issued to people actually breaking the rules, not some BS interpretation that doesn't stand up) and fair (so that some jerk with connections can't wriggle out of it by calling in a favor.) Cops *should* get in trouble if they write a high percentage of crap tickets.

nomadnewyork(Adrian)
nomadnewyork(Adrian)

You're not getting it. The cops are getting in trouble if they write a high percentage of crap tickets AND if they don't write enough tickets.

It sounds like a no win situation to me.

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