Ticket Quotas Target Innocent People, Not Criminals
Continueing my posts on states / local governments using citations and tickets for revenue-generation. Ticket quotas and “performance standards” only lead to harassment of innocent citizens. The concept is simple; crime is dynamic. It’s not static. There’s not the same amount of crime occurring each day and as criminals get locked up, there’s not the same amount of criminals out there each day. The number of arrests and citations should be dynamic and vary based on the crimes that occur and are witnessed. If cops are pressured to meet standards, they might look for the non-violent nanny-state offenders, rather than the hardended criminals that could actually be disturbing the peace.
What Happens If The Crime Rate Goes Down?
And what happens if the actual crime rate of an area goes down, but the ticket quotas remain the same? With a reduced number of “real criminals” to go after, the police are left with harassing citizens instead. It’s going through the municipal codes and county ordinances, looking for new tricks in the “book”. It leads to states passing new nanny-state regulations in order to create new offenders.
Ticket quotas and police performance standards only lead to harassment of innocent people. Instead of focusing on quotas, they should focus on protecting the peace.