Following scathing publicity generated over the past several months, the NYPD was quick to say they didn’t use nor advocate the use of quotas in their ranks. However, just this week the NY Daily News uncovered yet another piece of evidence that says they are not being entirely truthful.
The Brooklyn stationhouse in the 77th Precinct is said to prominently post memos in a roll call room, memos that dictate quotas.
When the wording of the memos is, “We need the following: 25 DBL PKRS, 50 CELLPHNS, 6 TINTS…” there’s little room for denial. The memos dictate just how many citations for each violation need to be passed out that week.
Of course administration states that one single rogue officer posted the memos without permission, adding that the memos were “neither authorized nor compelled.” This despite the fact that the memos stayed prominently posted for weeks. The union stands behind officers and says there would be no reason for an officer to post such memos without being directed to do so.
Quotas, or setting minimum limits for tickets, arrests, or any other police action often lead to unethical behaviors as officers try to fill their limits as to avoid pressure from above. Recent investigations into NYPD practices showed other evidence of quotas as officers hid recording devices during roll calls.
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