A police station house in the Bronx has a strict quota system that requires officers to produce a minimum number of arrests, summonses, and street stops each month, a civil rights group contends in a federal lawsuit that contends the system has turned officers against one another, the New York Times reports. So regimented are the demands for numbers that supervisors in the 42nd Precinct began keeping color-coded charts to track officers’ productivity, the suit charges.
Black ink on those charts means that an officer is meeting quotas; silver ink means that only some of the quotas are being met; and red ink denotes officers' meeting no quotas at all, says the suit, which the New York Civil Liberties Union filed on behalf of Officer Craig Matthews, a 14-year veteran. He says the quota system has created animosity among officers at the station house. Police spokesman Paul Browne said the color codes did not represent a quota system but were an indicator of enforcement activity in three areas used to measure police productivity: arrests, criminal summonses, and stops for suspicious activity.