The ongoing ticket-writing slowdown by fed-up New York City cops has become so costly to the city that a top police commander seems to have resorted to using a dreaded word in policing: quota, reports the New York Daily News. The police department’s chief of transportation asked a commander at a recent meeting if his cops had written 15 summonses for the month. Police brass deny imposing quotas on the ranks, preferring to call them “productivity goals.” sources said.
The 15-summonses-a-month questioning came at a meeting late last month during which he asked commanders to come up with ideas on how to hike the numbers. With a ticket-fixing scandal looming over the department, the slowdown is a reaction among the rank and file to the bosses’ efforts to ensure that all tickets are on the up and up. The Internal Affairs Bureau is closely examining tickets for accuracy, fining cops 10 vacation days if problems arise with a summons. The penalty was later reduced and a sliding scale instituted – but the summons numbers are still in the subbasement, with brass desperate to stop it. Summonses for moving violations, such as for running red lights, cell phone use, and not wearing a seat belt, plummeted 44 percent citywide for the week ending Sept. 11 compared with last year.