Yet another LAPD officer received yet another lawsuit settlement over an
alleged traffic ticket quota. Is the system in Los Angeles any different
from the one in Mojave?
According to court papers, Officer Dan Gregg’s supervisor, Nancy
Lauer, instructed him to deny overtime to officers who failed to meet
their monthly ticket quota. Officer Gregg says after he complained about
the system, his superiors retaliated against him by pursing a meritless
internal affairs probe, denying him overtime, and following him to a doctors’
appointment “in an attempt to find some misconduct so that Lauer
could punish [him].” The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously
to approve a
$950,000 settlement, which did not include an admission of wrongdoing.
To date, Los Angeles has paid over $10 million in legal fees and settlement
related to the quota scandal.
VC 41602 makes it illegal for any department to use a quota; VC 41600 defines “quota”
as “any requirement regarding the number of. . .citations issued.”
Any citation issued by a department that has an illegal quota is technically
invalid, but absent a civil settlement like the one in Los Angeles or
a blatant admission that such a system exists, ticket quotas are hard to prove.
All supervisors have expectations for their officers in terms of how many
citations they write, and these expectations are not illegal. A system
crosses the line if:
Specific: A written memo or oral instruction that officers must write X number
of tickets per shift.
Consequences: If the expectations are not met, is the officer disciplined or is there
any other fallout?
“T” Word: A system may be illegal if the department says anything about “tickets,”
so supervisors often use euphemisms like “law enforcement contacts.”
Ticket quotas are a special concern in
STEP campaigns and other heightened enforcement efforts.
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