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Old 03-31-2004, 12:43 PM   #1
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If cops don't really have quotas, then why is it that today, the last day of the month, as I was driving into Philly I saw at least 3 people pulled over on 95? And on almost any other given day of the month I don't see people pulled over on 95? I notice this phenomenon occuring near the end of every month. I bet on my way home I'll see at least 3 more.

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Old 03-31-2004, 12:46 PM   #2
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one day i got yoinked by a statey on the side of a slow-moving road.. he was just standing by the side of the road, pointing cars over to the side.. i swear to god there were three of us lined up on the side, just waiting our turn for him to come down and talk to us..
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Old 03-31-2004, 12:46 PM   #3
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They have 'unofficial' quotas, I think.
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Old 03-31-2004, 12:47 PM   #4
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I notice this phenomenon occuring near the end of every month.
You may be noticing it more because you know it's the end of the month.

If I saw three people pulled over on March 17th, I probably wouldn't give it another thought. If I saw the same today, I might attribute it to the date.
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Old 03-31-2004, 12:48 PM   #5
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Oh yeah and I forgot, yesterday (the 2nd to last day of the month), as I was driving through my neighborhood I saw a cop hiding in a church parking lot that faces a main road. I guess he was waiting for speeders too. I just smiled and waved as I drove by him at 25 mph.
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Old 03-31-2004, 12:48 PM   #6
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Old 03-31-2004, 12:48 PM   #7
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The amount of tickets they write shows they're doing some work out there. If you write too few, you're not doing your job come review time.

There's not a quota so to speak, but you need to produce.

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Old 03-31-2004, 12:48 PM   #8
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this topic has been discussed to death

we all know the answer to that one (even the people who says otherwise, but deep inside they know the truth too)
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Old 03-31-2004, 12:48 PM   #9
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They have 'unofficial' quotas, I think.
i agree
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Old 03-31-2004, 12:49 PM   #10
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I have heard they don't but the cops that I know say they like to compete and see how many tickets they can write.


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Old 03-31-2004, 12:49 PM   #11
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Old 03-31-2004, 12:50 PM   #12
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You may be noticing it more because you know it's the end of the month.

If I saw three people pulled over on March 17th, I probably wouldn't give it another thought. If I saw the same today, I might attribute it to the date.
No I always notice when people are pulled over. And then if I see more than one (I hardly ever see any), I think to myself, "jeez why are so many people pulled over today." Then I will look at my watch and say, "oh! it's the last day of the month!"
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Old 03-31-2004, 12:50 PM   #13
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yes they do.


They get funds based on how many people they pull over, arrest, etc.

i just saw an article in my local paper about how the local police just recieved $15,000 from the state government because they have pulled a little more than a 100 people over in the past couple weeks.
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Old 03-31-2004, 12:51 PM   #15
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this topic has been discussed to death

we all know the answer to that one (even the people who says otherwise, but deep inside they know the truth too)
Yeah I know. I was just pondering it today since it's the last day of the month. I know I'll be going the speed limit on my way home today.
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now that is worse than having an "official quota"

if a cop has to write more tickets because his superior is on his case, then so be it...

but if they are writing more tickets as a contest? a contest of their ego or office respect or whatever, that is really pathetic and I would haveno respect whatsoever for them both as a police officer and as a decent human being

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Old 03-31-2004, 12:56 PM   #17
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There is no way it would be proper for an agency to have a definite and official quota, which fundamentally depends on people actually breaking the law and being caught at it. However, if an officer doesnt write very many tickets his superiors may wonder what he's doing out there all day.

Some small towns are speed traps because the city coffers are filled by fines. But cops dont and cant get "bonuses" based on how many tickets they write.
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Old 03-31-2004, 12:57 PM   #18
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Helo IBthewhinerfromlcokedthread,

besides that point i had friends who are police officers and they told me the same that its unofficial. That statement right there will probably make me a hypocrit.

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besides that point i had friends who are police officers and they told me the same that its unofficial. That statement right there will probably make me a hypocrit.

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Like i said i was furious bout what happened yesterday. Maybe went overboard abit with the cussin, but ill talk with em bout it and their probably will have a way of jokin about it anyways.

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Old 03-31-2004, 02:01 PM   #21
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There was a made for TV movie many years back about a small town's cops busting people for speeding even when they weren't. City Hall was behind it and were trying to hide this conspriracy from the Internal Investigations people.

That kid from "Silver Spoon" was the star.
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ok i asked a cop if he had a quota and he said no but he had a nickle and a dime
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This has been discussed at length. There are different rules set in differents states or cities or counties. What I remember from previous discussions are:

1) Some law enforcement folk have an unofficial quota based on the number of tickets/arrests/helping-grannies-across-the-streets that others are issuing in the force/district/whathaveyou. The chief or superior knows this "daily evolving standard", and gauges others by it. Its their form of pay for performance, "do more than average, get a better than average review".

2) Some have a true quota, based on how many have historically been written.

3) Still others don't have a quota, but their reviews are still based on some gauge of performance.

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