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Are there traffic ticket quotas?

A recent news item indicated that the Montreal Police union says it’s true: there’s a traffic ticket quota on the Montreal police force.

Montreal Executive Committee chairman Claude Dauphin, the number-two man at city hall, says it’s news to him.

Dauphin figures Yves Francoeur must be talking about a per-day, per-officer average of 18 tickets.

Are there New York traffic ticket quotas?

Chances are you’d get similar reactions.  While most would deny that there are no set specific traffic ticket quotas, we can pose the following questions to shed some light.  If an officer is assigned traffic enforcement over a six hour shift and returns to his precinct to announce that he issued zero summonses over that time, will his Sergent be pleased or disappointed with his performance?  Will future similar performances help or hinder this officer if he tries to advance his career within the department?  What if the officer issued an average of one ticket a shift?  What about two, or 10 or 20…?

To some extent, any NY Police Officer asked to issue moving violation summonses over a particular period of time and in a particular location is expected to do so.  To some extent, those in charge expect a certain number of traffic tickets to be issued.  There are unwritten rules concerning how many summonses issued constitutes a “good, productive day” or a bad day.

Does this mean there are quotas?  Just depends how you look at it.