[Audio below.] The New York Police Department is denying a report it forces officers to write a certain number of summonses, despite new secret recordings suggesting a quota system is in place. The New York Times released the recordings, reportedly made by an officer at the 81st precinct in Brooklyn.
It is the latest in a series of secret tapes made by officers who say mandatory ticket quotas interfere with other important police work and damage community relations.
The tapes include a police captain warning officers that his commanders are demanding each officer write 20 summonses a week for low-level infractions and traffic violations.
The recording says at one point, “They’re counting seatbelts and cell phones. They’re counting double-parkers and bus stops. If tours contributed five seatbelts and five cell phones a week, five double-parkers and five bus stops a week, okay. If I get the same numbers from the third platoon, whenever midnight kicks, in it’s gravy. But you as the bosses have to demand this and have to count it.”
A police spokesman says the recordings do not prove a quota system and are just examples of supervisors trying to motivate under-performing officers.
Click below for an audio report and the leaked audio of the police captain:
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