Memphis Police Citations Drop Sharply After Pay Cut


Memphis recorded a dramatic drop in the number of citations issued in July by Memphis police officers, the month after 4.6 percent pay cuts were approved, says the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Officers issued 18,341 citations, summonses, and ordinance violations in July, down from 29,092 in July 2010 and 34,149 in July 2009. A similar decrease was recorded in August.

Police Director Toney Armstrong alerted department chiefs to watch out for a possible work slowdown by officers. The note copied an anonymous online comment at a local news site saying officers were conducting a slowdown. “The director has not been directly contacted by any group of officers or any agency representing them regarding a work slowdown, stoppage or job action of any kind,” said police spokeswoman Sgt. Karen Rudolph. Mike Williams, vice president of the Memphis Police Association, the union that represents police officers, said: “There is definitely not a concerted effort I know about. That’s not something we would endorse or condone.” City administrator George Little said, “If the intent is to deprive the city of revenue, it makes it that much more difficult to restore the pay they want restored.”

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