They said they wouldn’t do it. That there was no such thing as quotas; this Chicago DUI attorney knows you were skeptical. Well, the good news is the quotas aren’t here (well at least not officially).
Motorists driving on Gary streets should be on extra alert: Traffic cops are under orders to issue tickets more than once an hour, every day all day.
Claiming they want to increase productivity, Gary police administrators ordered traffic officers to write at least 10 tickets per shift.
But prosecutors, defense attorneys and the Fraternal Order of Police say quotas can have a negative impact on public perception, police morale and convictions on all levels.
“It’s not good for us,” Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter said last week.
“I try to talk to police all the time, tell them to be sensitive to members of the public, use some discretion. Setting a strict requirement removes some of that discretion,” Carter said.
This one is official. It’s not shocking for any municipality to try, in these dire economic times, to increase revenue in order to maintain local services, but this is ridiculous. Really, the voters may prefer taxation to being ticketed just to try to balance the budget.