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Video: California Officers Sue, Claim Agency Retaliated After They Complained About Ticket Quotas

March 05, 2015  | 

VIDEO: California Officers Sue, Claim Agency Retaliated After They Complained About Ticket Quotas

Six Whittier, Calif., police officers are suing the city, saying they faced retaliation when they complained and refused to meet alleged ticket and arrest quotas.

Officers Jim Azpilicueta, Anthony Gonzalez, Mike Rosario, Nancy Ogle, Steve Johnson and Cpl. Joseph Rivera say they spoke out against the quotas, which they claim were imposed by the Whittier Police Department in 2008, according to a suit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The officers said their “careers have been materially and adversely affected, and irreparably harmed” by the city, the Los Angeles Times reports.

City Manager Jim Collier and Whittier police spokesman Officer John Scoggins declined to comment and said they had not seen the lawsuit.

The officers say the alleged ticket and arrest quotas continue to this day.

The alleged retaliation started after the officers said they complained to their supervisors and the police department’s Internal Affairs Division, the suit claims.

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JoJo @ 3/5/2015 4:26 PM

Maybe they should stop being lazy and work.

Jenanne @ 3/6/2015 6:35 AM

to JoJo: It has nothing to do with being lazy. My previous city pulled the same "ticket quota" crap. Some tickets may be given, but not actually deserved, but taking time off work to go to court to fight it costs you money; if ticket dismissed, you're still out of work that day. Also, I love the deal on tickets where if you DON'T want points on your license, you can settle for the "fine" that is charged. HOW about arrests? Can you say "false arrest," now you have attorneys to pay for (if necessary) and the arrest on file. IT DOES OCCUR... I say thank you to these officers that don't want to be a part of the "Quota" game!

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/7/2015 9:11 AM

Every Agency has a ticket Quota even the ones that say they don't. The easiest way to circumvent this problem is to give the Agency exactly what it wants. It is only a numbers game so if the quota is 30 tickets per month on the first three days of every month write ten tickets each day. Explain to each violator there is a quota and you have to make it to avoid disciplinary action, just so they know it's not personal. Now the Officers have their numbers and are free to do real police work the rest of the month. Easy fix. Arrest quota's are a bit harder but it just means making everything you used to give a desk appearance ticket to a mandatory custodial arrest including juvenile traffic tickets which are arrests for their own safety under juvenile law. The numbers are easy to get by just enforcing the letter of the law on everything. Curfew arrests are easy when you read most curfew violations for 12 and under are from dusk to dawn. If this is what the agency wants then bury them in statistics. The inhabitants of the town will resolve this issue for you and far more efficiently than anything a city employee can do. Have at it!

k @ 3/9/2015 12:53 AM

@Ima Leprechaun
lol you are full of it, my agency is a SO and we have had officers get talked to for writing tickets. half of us don't even have ticket books, and when we got the a new incar computer system, they didn't install the ticket printers. I have been working here three years and wrote 5 tickets, only 2 were for traffic violations.

Ret. Motor Boots @ 3/9/2015 12:17 PM

Many years and three departments later, I have never seen a quota system. I have always easily burned up a book of citations without needing motivation or having aspirations of winning a free toaster at the end of the month if I met a quota. I too probably would have brought up the FEDERAL law against quotas if a quota was presented. Do detectives, gang investigators, or better yet, do K9’s have a bite quota? I think not. Even riding motors, I have never seen a “performance goal” that could hold water and I hope I never do. Lazy will seal their own fate and the gunslingers will be too busy hookin’ and bookin’ to bother to look back.

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