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N.J. Cops Quarrel Over Quotas

March 27, 2013  | 

Seven members of the East Orange (N.J.) Police Department said during in-person interviews that in the past two years, and most aggressively in recent months, the chief has instituted a quota system, demanding more summonses, arrests, pedestrian and motorist stops with little justification.

The Star-Ledger also received 30 additional calls from officers identifying themselves as East Orange police who did not want their names published. They say the threat of disciplinary action to those who don’t fall in line has created a culture of tension and frustrated compliance.

Read the full Star-Ledger story.


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Chief deputy @ 3/27/2013 3:21 PM

Sounds like you guys need a new chief . Quotas are just used by politicians especially in your location.

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/29/2013 3:43 PM

Every Police Department says they don't have quotas but they all do to some degree but it is simple to fullfill these quotas like this: At my agency the quota was one ticket per day so I wrote ten tickets per day for three days and then I warned everyone else the rest of the month. I did this for 20 years. The statistics always came out to 30 tickets per month and I was free to arrest as many people as I wanted so that one was always easy to keep up with. The arrest part was the fun part because so many criminal's are just plain stupid so it wasn't hard to find arrests. This is really a simple fix for a street officer. I always prefered to be busy and finding traffic violations are not even a challenge. I made a game of it by trying to write one ticket for every violation listed in my city ordinance book. I did the same with my criminal code and I was never able to arrest anyone for coloring poultry or flying paper balloons but I managed to make an arrest for everything else. Creative Law Enforcement is all it takes. Make it a game, have fun with it and piss off as many citizens as possible but be extra nice to everyone and be sure to give them your Chief's name and phone number. Try to be sure to write council members and church leaders and tell them the were targeted by the Chief of Police. The policy will change very quickly but your defense is you are just following orders. If it's in writing keep a copy of the order and be sure to show it to every person you arrest or give a citation to. The Chief of Police deserves the full credit for his or her actions. But always be courteous and extremely friendly to your customer base, this is not personal, its just a direct order by the Chief of Police.

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/29/2013 3:49 PM

Just have fun and play the game and I bet your Chief will thank you for it. To clarify one thing from above I meant that council members and church leaders need to be issued citations instead of their usual warnings since the Chief wants stricter enforcement of violations. No more freebies for influential persons because this is a direct order by the Chief of Police and you must follow it.

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