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Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Banned Use of Ticket Quantity as Officer Performance Metric

April 07, 2015  | 

Arizona's governor has quashed legislation that would have limited the ability of police departments to consider how many citations a police officer has issued when looking at things like promotions.

HB 2410 was crafted by Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, after the Tucson Police Department briefly instituted a policy demanding officers issue at least one citation a week. While that policy is gone, there are still guidelines for making a certain number of "traffic contacts," which could include warnings.

The measure would have barred not just quotas, but using any of that information in determining an officer's rank.

In his veto message, Gov. Doug Ducey pointed out no police department currently has quotas. He also said the measure would interfere with the ability of police departments to be able to objectively gauge the performance of officers, AZCops.org reports.


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