It’s something which allegedly goes on, even if the NYPD has for years denied it. A recent posting from what one would have to surmise is an offended whistleblower officer shows that the ticket quota stipulation is a real enough thing.
Reports from NY Daily News (1) show copies of memos from the 77th Precinct station which serves Prospect Heights as well as Crown Heights. The memos are pretty direct, reading “Good day we need the following for the week 4/5-4/11,” and then it goes on to list the number of cell phone (60) seatbelt (50) double parking (65) and other violations officers should be handing out. There is also a portion at the bottom which states “Please issue handicapped summons on all tours.”
The fact that the government sets the rules in place and employ police to enforce them is fine. But the fact that people have gotten away with so much for so long makes egregious memos like these infuriating to drivers. A quota enforced violation could literally happen to any driver at any moment. The fact that a violation is as likely to be ignored as enforced is where residents of targeted neighborhoods are made even more mad.
The blue wall of silence has gone up at the NYPD with spokesman Paul Browne telling the Daily News, “an officer had posted (the memos) without approval.”
In a city so rampant with so many other types of more violent crimes you would hope that the NYPD wouldn’t be paying officers to go looking for people who don’t buckle up.