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contiki

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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:41:18 AM

Are police officers under pressure to write tickets to fill quota....

It’s hard to argue against a traffic ticket that involves public safety. But if you’re frustrated after getting a ticket for some minor violation, you’re not alone.

In times past, a police officer would often give you a warning and send you on your way.
Not anymore.

According to local resident Phil Palter, there can be up to five cops writing tickets on a Saturday afternoon at St. Pauls Square in Toronto.

More than 58,000 traffic tickets were handed out in the city of Winnipeg in 2010, and another 57,000 in 2011.
These days, it seems, nobody gets a second chance. A hefty ticket is the order of the day.

It’s happening in cities across Canada, but Winnipeg appears to be the worst.
Police there issued 57,000 tickets in 2011. In 2012, city hall asked the police to increase their revenue from tickets by $1.4 million.
Critics say police officers are under pressure to issue a certain number of tickets.

“I think most officers would be happy to provide a discretionary warning,” said Mike Sutherland, head of the Winnipeg Police Association. “The difficulty comes when there are significant work place consequences imposed on officers if they fail to hand out a certain number of tickets in a prescribed period of time.”

Are police officers under pressure to write tickets to fill quota....

Tell me how you see it.....give me your comments on this issue......

As always please keep it friendly...........
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2Tall
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2014 9:07:24 AM

yes
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contiki
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 6:43:29 AM

I think it is part of a policeman work to write so many tickets in his or her shift......
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MeTaBall
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 6:18:58 PM

I don't think so, it's their job.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 6:31:27 AM

"It varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, from precinct to precinct, and sometimes from shift to shift. What one police chief does "here" may differ from what that duty supervisor does "there."

But it does seem that there is a trend to use fines and fees to raise municipal revenues."

I agree traffic cop.................
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2014 11:29:45 AM

I've posted this thought so many times, but here goes:

It varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, from precinct to precinct, and sometimes from shift to shift. What one police chief does "here" may differ from what that duty supervisor does "there."

But it does seem that there is a trend to use fines and fees to raise municipal revenues. This is definitely true with Boston parking fines ("meter maids"), but NOT true with Boston traffic enforcement.

So guard against over-generalizing.
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NO
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2014 10:15:24 AM

If one would consider all the high tech garb an officer must tote around along with the vehicle He drives/patrols with. All the lighting, internet, extra emerg.equiptment, radio system, all heavy duty OEM vehicle components, tracking radar, ETC.

Then How can they afford to give a warning only on the tax-payers dollar while the vehicle is idling away fuel each time a traffic stop occurs? Each mile is a tremendous cost and each stop action. Not including liabilities if they occur. Cost for flashlight batteries, free warning tickets, pen ink, vehicle wash, instant cams, photos, ETC...... more.....
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2014 7:56:33 AM

Absolutely, it's all about Revunue for the city or State!
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contiki
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2014 6:19:48 AM

I think they under pressure to produce so many tickets per shift......

That is what I have heard............whether it is true or not....I couldn't say.........
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55Russ
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 3:36:44 PM

probably in some areas
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 3:24:13 PM

for sure I know here them sirens going after people.

[Edited by: carinthuist at 10/1/2014 3:24:55 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 1:04:05 PM

It's their job.
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no
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Yes
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contiki
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 7:02:23 AM

One ticket per shift is quite minimal.

In Ontario I can bet this is not the case at all..............

When police run their ticketing in our area, it is a lot more than one ticket per shift........
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Some Are
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2014 11:47:49 PM

One ticket per shift is quite minimal.

A better approach would be to require a certain number of traffic stops per shift, say, three. Officers could elect to provide warnings or write tickets depending upon the seriousness of the infraction, driver's attitude, etc.

Non-traffic offence auto stops (e.g. "suspicious person" stop, noisy music, etc.) would also count towards the "quota."
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2014 11:51:38 AM

On the news the other night it was announced all patrol vehicles in Tucson must write at least one
ticket per shift.
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2014 11:45:58 AM

no, its their job.
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retiredssgt
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 7:19:21 AM

Yes! They have their orders to write tickets and it is their job to write tickets. I hate receiving tickets so I "try" to drive the speed limit at all times.
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Not under pressure.
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It's their job.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 7:04:33 AM

gougedQC says " heard a cbc story yesterday...Toronto gets 14 million annually just from people parking in front of hydrants ...14 MILLION...from hydrants !!!!
Now that of course is legitimate, but nonetheless indicative of the fact that governments rely on ticket revenue in their budgets... they MUST have ticket revenue..and so cops are absolutely required to meet quotas, which is why they have those occasional blitzes to allow cops and the force to catch up on ticket quotas...it has nothing----nothing----to do with safety and everything to do with cash."

I agree with you gougedQC and saw that article on CBC as well..............

Many towns and cities depend on quotas from ticket what I have always said.........
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2014 11:55:17 AM

heard a cbc story yesterday...Toronto gets 14 million annually just from people parking in front of hydrants ...14 MILLION...from hydrants !!!!
Now that of course is legitimate, but nonetheless indicative of the fact that governments rely on ticket revenue in their budgets... they MUST have ticket revenue..and so cops are absolutely required to meet quotas, which is why they have those occasional blitzes to allow cops and the force to catch up on ticket quotas...it has nothing----nothing----to do with safety and everything to do with cash.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 4:50:17 PM

The revenues keeps town and cities coffers filled with badly needed monies which they get from tickets and count on.......
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What do you think.
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 11:47:37 AM

Like a dollar Kick-back for each ticket written applied to their daily wages, competitive style......? Pressure?...... Na... Free Donuts!....
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 7:53:18 AM

gougedQC says " yes absolutely ...as admitted reluctantly by many police chiefs....often they attempt to dodge the issue by saying,, no we don't have quotas, but we have ' performance expectations "

Performance expectations, I have heard that term used a lot by police when ask the question on the issue.............

Maybe they have been coach by their supervisors in what to say to the public when asked about this issue......
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yes absolutely ...as admitted reluctantly by many police chiefs....often they attempt to dodge the issue by saying,, no we dont have quotas, but we have ' performance expectations
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