Denver police officers will no longer face discipline when they receive a photo-radar or red-light ticket while on routine duty. Instead, they will have to do what the law requires: Challenge the violation or pay the fine, the Denver Post reports. A new citywide policy requiring any driver ticketed while behind the wheel of a city-owned vehicle to pay their fines prompted Safety Manager Alex Martinez to make the change. Under the old rule, officers didn’t have to pay their fines, but they would receive an oral reprimand after the first ticket and a written reprimand after a second.
The change comes on the heels of a 9News investigation that found the tickets were widely ignored by those driving city vehicles. From 2009 to mid-2012, 607 tickets were unpaid. Police vehicles accounted for 458 of those. Chief Robert White, who was sworn in last December, has begun shuffling the ranks of detectives, technicians, corporals, replacing some and moving others to different jobs. Officers had to reapply for their jobs. Even White — who advocated for cops playing their tickets — has been tagged by photo radar. He received a ticket in January and another in May and received an oral reprimand for the first and a written reprimand for the second.