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Brooklyn, NY - NYPD's 77th Precinct Told to Meet Quotas for Moving Violations

Published on: November 8, 2010 07:48 AM
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NYPD Police Station Precinct 77, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York CityNYPD Police Station Precinct 77, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York City

Brooklyn, NY - The NYPD says there’s no such thing as a ticket quota, but memos posted at a Brooklyn stationhouse say otherwise.

Two notices obtained by the Daily News clearly spell out how many moving-violation summonses cops should be handing out.

The memos were posted in a roll call room for the stationhouse of the crime-ridden 77th Precinct, which covers Crown Heights and Prospect Heights.

The one for the week of April 5 to April 11 began, “Good day we need the following” - then gave the number of tickets to give drivers for cell phone, seat belt, double-parking, bus stop, tinted window and truck route violations.

The notice instructed officers to hand out the summonses at accident-prone locations and specified five intersections.

A memo for Oct. 18 to Oct. 24 also itemized the number of summonses in the six moving-violation categories.


For example, it said the precinct needed to tally 75 summonses for talking on a cell phone while driving, and 50 seat belt violations.

A source said similar memos for other time periods were also posted.

When The News inquired about the memos last week, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said an officer had posted them without approval.

“If it were an authorized posting, it would indicate by the authority of the commanding officer,” Browne said. “This was neither authorized nor compelled.”

He added that it was unknown why the memos were posted but that the officer was instructed to stop.

Despite the lack of authorization, the notices stayed up for weeks in the roll call room - where officers get orders from supervisors before going on duty, a source said.

Police union spokesman Al O’Leary said it would be surprising for an officer to post the memos without consent from above.

“There is no reason for one of our members to put up something like this,” he said.

Quotas became a hot-button issue earlier this year after whistleblower cop Adrian Schoolcraft recorded a supervisor in the 81st Precinct vowing to go after officers who don’t make at least one arrest a month.

State law prohibits police from using quotas - or setting a target number for arrests or summonses during a specific time frame.

The NYPD has denied the practice for years.

Browne said the department “does not impose quotas but it has productivity goals related to actual conditions in a given command.”

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said his union has long battled the use of quotas.

“Quotas are bad for the community because they take away an officer’s discretion, which is so important to building a relationship with the neighborhood they patrol,” he said.

“The PBA has successfully taken action against management for illegal quotas and we will continue to do so when solid evidence surfaces.”

The notices in the 77th Precinct may not have been very effective. As of Oct. 17, the precinct had handed out 7,937 moving violations, a 4.4% decline from a year earlier, NYPD figures show.

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 Nov 08, 2010 at 09:18 AM toolee Says:

What's new? Didn't they have a quota all along?


 Nov 08, 2010 at 09:41 AM Anonymous Says:

There has never been a reason to believe that quotas did not exist. Why? I have no problem with the liberal citing of moving violations, all of which place someone in danger - if they really happened. I have trouble with those that were fabricated in order to meet the quota. There is no excuse for such unethical and immoral behavior. Shame on those precincts and officers that participate in falsehoods to meet these imaginary numbers. I hope there is a way to identify and prosecute those who distort true safety laws in worship of arbitrary numbers. Shame on every politician who allows or participates in such corruption.

Are you listening Bloomie?


 Nov 08, 2010 at 11:32 AM yaakov doe Says:

From what I've seen, a cop would have to be asleep not to be able to issue dozens of traffic tickets each day. Cell phones while driving, not coming to a full stop, no turn signal , U turns on commercial streets have become routine occurances.


 Nov 08, 2010 at 02:28 PM memyself Says:

#3 you're right, but why do they give out WAY more 'parking tickets' (which doesn't endanger ANYONE, except the city's pocket)?!?!?!


 Nov 08, 2010 at 02:29 PM memyself Says:

The notice instructed officers to hand out the summonses at "accident-prone locations" and specified five intersections.

smart move, saves lives!


 Nov 08, 2010 at 06:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
memyself Says:

The notice instructed officers to hand out the summonses at "accident-prone locations" and specified five intersections.

smart move, saves lives!

You assume that all summonses handed out are legitimate. Making a quota renders that assumption an exception to the rule. As long as enforcement is honest and valid, cite away. Otherwise, I hope dishonest cops get caught, fired, and prosecuted.


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