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Cop Fired for Speaking Out Against Ticket and Arrest Quotas
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http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/07/24/ho...rities-fir

Tracy Oppenheimer | July 24, 2013





Auburn, Alabama is home to sprawling plains, Auburn University, and a troubling police force. After the arrival of a new police chief in 2010, the department entered an era of ticket quotas and worse.

“When I first heard about the quotas I was appalled,” says former Auburn police officer Justin Hanners, who claims he and other cops were given directives to hassle, ticket, or arrest specific numbers of residents per shift. “I got into law enforcement to serve and protect, not be a bully.”

Hanners blew the whistle on the department’s tactics and was eventually fired for refusing to comply and keep quiet. He says that each officer was required to make 100 contacts each month, which included tickets, arrests, field interviews, and warnings. This equates to 72,000 contacts a year in a 50,000 person town. His claims are backed up by audio recordings of his superiors he made. The Auburn police department declined requests to be interviewed for this story.

“There are not that many speeders, there are not that many people running red lights to get those numbers, so what [the police] do is they lower their standards,” says Hanners. That led to the department encouraging officers to arrest people that Hanners “didn’t feel like had broken the law.”
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Okay...now where else in the US, or even PA, is this happening? Dodgy
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It is absolutely right that Officer Hanners be fired. Now he can file a Whistleblower suit, collect unemployment and job trainining assistance, and get a job where integrity and honesty are expected. Like.... nursing.
tolerance for failure meter... LOW
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Ten*K;112248 Wrote:It is absolutely right that Officer Hanners be fired. Now he can file a Whistleblower suit, collect unemployment and job trainining assistance, and get a job where integrity and honesty are expected. Like.... nursing.

Just wait. I can tell stories about nursing that will curl your hair.

I suspect you could as well. Wink

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Some LE department somewhere in the U.S. who has integrity and honor at the leadership level should immediately hire this guy.
LostCyborg, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Jun 2013.

You wouldn't be able to run as many people over with that car if it didn't drive as far. It should only have a 10 gallon fuel tank.
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I suspect that the ticket quota thing goes on in more departments than most would like to think. While it may not be as official as it was in this one, unofficially it does happen.
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Police effectiveness should be judged on the crime rate of their cities, not on how many tickets they write each month.

If there is no crime or nothing for them to investigate etc, I have positively NO PROBLEM whatsoever with them reading the paper with their feet up, or hanging out at the donut shop all day, or just driving around town and waving to the happy public.

Speeding tickets and other minor traffic violations should NEVER be their primary focus.
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I knew a guy who was in the Ohio highway patrol , he was called on the carpet more than once for not writing enough tickets. When he told them he wasn't seeing violations their reply was to find some. He ended up changing careers. ( this was in the early 80's )
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I always say, the problem starts at the top. The only way this stuff changes is if the police chiefs and sheriffs who condone and promote this behavior get fired or voted out. Of course I'm sure a lot of those guys are getting their marching orders from even higher up in local government and playing along for their own gain.
LostCyborg, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Jun 2013.

You wouldn't be able to run as many people over with that car if it didn't drive as far. It should only have a 10 gallon fuel tank.
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If there weren't quotas, you wouldn't see huge spikes in pullovers near the end of each month. The last time I was driving through Levittown/Bensalem I at first thought there was a national catastrophe before I realized it was just their end of the month pull-everybody-over event.
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