The scope of a New York City police ticket-fixing investigation caught many in the police department by surprise, says the New York Times, reporting on an earlier story by the New York Post. Some two dozen officers in the Bronx could face criminal charges as a result of a lengthy inquiry into the practice, and hundreds could face disciplinary action by the department. About half of the targets of the criminal inquiry are police union officials.
While the wrongdoing is relatively minor, the case could have serious implications for the department because of the large number of officers thought to have participated, either by asking for a ticket to be fixed or by doing the actual fixing. The accusations will most likely anger countless New Yorkers, some of whom see the specter of quotas behind summonses they receive and whose response to a ticket is more straightforward — pay the fine and have points added to their driver's license. One officer’s defense lawyer, Thomas Puccio, said that ticket-fixing “has been in existence probably since the first ticket was issued by the Police Department. It cannot be condoned, but on the other hand, it should not be prosecuted.”