posted on Nov, 7 2013 @ 08:14 AM
reply to post by Candycab
I like your insight, it's definitively contradictory to popular belief ie: get people to pay fines or risk losing your job over a terrible budget etc
etc... But what you're saying is that it's pretty much not the case, where quota, at least in California seems to not exist. But it's definitively
hard to agree with that when cops sit at the side of a street with a radar gun or following someone until they break the law. Would you mind
explaining why some cops do this? Is it just because they are a-holes or is it because their chief wants to see numbers for their own gain?
I know it's irrelevant to the topic somewhat, but I think better understanding cops and the bureaucracy that surrounds it can help shed some light,
and possibly hope that cops are still there for the people.
I would imagine department policy probably varies wildly in terms of having a quota system from One agency to another, but I know most traffic based
agencies like State Troopers or Highway Patrol do have and use a quota system, but it has nothing to do with money. Its based on accident and crime
statistics and provides a way to measure the results while trying to make a dent in those numbers over the next quarter or whatever time frame they
decide works best.
In California ( I would imagine this nothing unique to Ca ) most departments have officers that only do one thing like working heavy traffic areas (
usually the Motorcycle guys ) or guys who do nothing but focus on commercial traffic ( 18 wheelers, agriculture vehicles etc ) 10851 task force guys (
stolen cars ) Gang task force etc So yes I would say there are definitely quota systems at work in most departments, but its nothing to do with
revenue, just a way to gauge progress and show that officers are out doing their jobs instead of hiding under a tree somewhere all day
As a CHP
Officer I have worked Northern and Southern Ca offices and dealt with many officers from several agencies ( LA area is a total zoo ) and have only met
a few officers that I wouldn't want to work with who probably have no business working with the public. I would say there are more officers on the
job who are good people that took an oath to perform a tough job in a fair manner and do so, but there will always be a few that slip through the
cracks and do us all a disservice.