A Utah state House panel yesterday gave its approval to a proposal that would impose a statewide ban on ticket quotas. Representative Neil Hansen (D-Ogden) brought back the bill which had passed the full House last year, but was blocked by Ogden Police Chief Jon Greiner -- who also happens to be a state senator serving on the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee. Hansen hopes his legislation will clear the Senate roadblock this time.So where do the police stand?
"This issue is not a new issue," Hansen said. "All this (bill) is doing is putting in statute that they cannot tell their officers to go out and write a certain number of tickets within a specific time.... It more or less lets law enforcement go out and do their job."
Hansen testified that officers had contacted his office to complain that they were under continual pressure to write traffic tickets instead of warnings. To avoid the word "quota," police management used the term "performance based evaluation." Hansen's bill would prohibit municipalities, counties, sheriffs and police chiefs from requiring officers to issue a certain number of tickets in a given amount of time.
Police officials testified against a ban on a practice that they denied has ever existed.I see.