State Troopers Given Illegal Ticket Quota?

Connecticut state police brass deny there was an illegal quota for tickets, but the union sees things differently.

A leaked internal memo written from a lieutenant in  tells state troopers they “need” to issue at least 60 tickets each shift in order to outperform competing barracks in the state. 

“If we happen to issue 350 tickets in one day that would be stellar,” wrote Lt. Anthony Schirillo in the memo obtained by WTNH.

State police spokesmen Lt. Paul Vance says this isn’t a quota system.

"This is not a joke or a game," Vance told WTNH. "It's a troop commanders' attempt to stimulate his personnel to enhance highway safety and this goes on all across the state. You will see enhanced enforcement as we continue along in the spring months."

A police quota for tickets is illegal according to state law.

Sec. 29-2b. Imposition of traffic ticket quotas prohibited. The Department of Public Safety shall not impose any quota with respect to the issuance of summonses for motor vehicle violations upon any policeman in said department. Nothing in this section shall prohibit said department from using data concerning the issuance of summonses in the evaluation of an individual's work performance provided such data is not the exclusive means of evaluating such performance. As used in this section, "quota" means a specified number of summonses for motor vehicle violations to be issued within a specified period of time.

The state police union president believes the email proves there’s an illegal quota system. 

"We’re disappointed and shocked, actually," Andrew Matthews told NBC Connecticut. "We’ve never seen anything like this in writing. It’s clearly a violation of 29-2B, which clearly says the agency cannot have a quota."

Long term resident March 31, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I think quota's could encourage tickets to be written for questionable circumstances, but with all the speeders, red light runners and reckless driving, more enforcement and stiffer fines are certainly needed.
Robert Williams March 31, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Does this story really surprise anyone? When the economy gets tough and taxes harder to come buy, towns and states use traffic tickets as an income center. I don't care what the law says. I would be interested to see data on the number of tickets issued during prosperous economic times versus recession periods, I bet you would see a correlation.
Youth of Oxford April 01, 2012 at 01:27 AM
well this certainly explains all the troopies sitting around the sides of the roads. Just another case of wolves in police uni... sheeps clothing!
Barbara Ann April 01, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Their duty is to protect and serve not quotas.
T April 04, 2012 at 04:37 AM
cops are like storm troopers these days going after innocent people for anything even if their not putting anyone's life in danger, the founding fathers are rolling in their graves...


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