Police Ticket Quotas

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Overview: Police officials have a crazy amount to discretion, they also have many police department rules to follow that can be detrimental to society, such as police ticket quotas for the purpose of making money, speed traps, and trying to maintain an ethical appearance in society. We expect police officials to abide by the law, we expect them to ticket solely when needed, and we expect police to do their job, and not look for a way to make money. But in our society, many police are corrupt, and are looking for a way to be on top. Ticketing quotas, speed trap cities, and if these practices are ethical are all reasons why police agencies are unethical and need to come up with viable solutions to turn back the clocks to police officers being …show more content…
These officers then get rewarded for meeting these quotas. (Arthur G. Sharp) Essentially officers are given an incentive to pull every person over and issuing them a ticket instead of letting certain things pass. In some states police ticketing quotas have been very detrimental and have hurt the reputation of some agencies. In New York, the NYPD, deputy Inspector Norman H. Anderson, led his police officers to write 1294 parking tickets in a single day (Brownstein). Due to so many tickets being issued, this story became known through the New York times, where the Police commissioner came out and said “quotas do not solve problems.” However, the NYPD did not stop their quota regulations. During the Knapp commission, quotas were used while arresting people with or using narcotics. The Knapp commission even created a slang dictionary to use when understanding police testimony. To which they found many officers using the word "flake," defined as "[t]he planting of evidence on a person who is arrested, either to meet an arrest quota or to give leverage to shake down the arrested person.(Brownstein)" Although, the agency did not admit they had quotas, the definitions clearly pointed that they did. The findings of the Knapp commission were that the NYPD needed to eliminate arrest and ticketing quotas if they were to end the corruption. New York Police Departments …show more content…
Mr. Raskob, an investigator of speed trap cities said “If you 're doing 75 on an open interstate highway in good conditions in a good car, you 're doing what the system is designed for. But if you should be unlucky enough to run across a police officer, suddenly you are speeding. (White)" We design fancy cars, that can go fast, we instill the need for young boys to want to drive fast, like the fast and furious movies, but yet we have no place where they can. In many cities across the United States there are cities known only by the locals as speed traps. Speed traps are cities that strictly enforce a speed limit regardless if you are going just a little over. However, Mr. Raskob believes that your car can depend on whether you get a ticket. He believes fancier cars, such as sports cars are the first to get pulled over, then its people with expensive nice cars, such as BMWs, and lastly its people who drive plain boring cars. He has researched that people in duller cars have better chances of driving fast, then sports cars. But the police department says otherwise(White). Sargent Hogan states that "Make, model, color -- it makes no difference, Fifty-five miles an hour is the speed limit. Anything above that is fair game. (White)” Many times when officers pull someone over, then find more

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