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By James Daniels, Attorney - Sunday, September 22, 2013

 

A Police Officer Gets Fired For Exactly The Wrong Reason by Rollie Williams of UPWORTHY.COM - CLICK HERE

Which part of "to serve and protect" does a traffic ticket quota fall under? Former police officer Justin Hanners says it best: "It's not about what I need, it's what he needs. And he doesn't need to go to jail."

A notation from Illinois FOP Labor Council Attorney James Daniels

As the FOP representative for the Carbondale Police, I knew I had to post this as soon as it was sent to me by one of our most senior officers.  Six months ago, the Carbondale Chief announced that he was going to implement a new "Work Standard", which would dictate the minimum number of stops, field interviews, and arrests that officers would be required to perform per month, or be found to have "failed to meet expectations" -- and thus subject to discipline.  According to the Chief's standards, officer would have to make a certain number of DUI arrests and warrant arrests, as well as perform at least thirty field interview reports per month.  They would also have to make a certain number of traffic stops per month, and could only issue one warning for every two actual tickets issued.  And detectives would have to clear at least six cases per month.  The FOP Labor Council objected, of course, but although arrest quotas are illegal in sixteen states, Illinois is not one of them.  We asked the Chief to change the standard so that it would not put officers in a position of having to make an arrest without probable cause, or do a field interview without seeing suspicious activity.  He refused.  We demanded to bargain the new standard.  The City deferred the issue to the General Counsel of the Illinois Labor Relations Board, who gave an advisory opinion that the City did not have any obligation to bargain the work standards with the Union.  What we are left with, it seems, is the ability to grieve unjust discipline, and the right of the officers to conscienciously object to making illegal stops, searches, and arrests.  In the end, every community gets the policing it deserves... And communities that give officers discretion, and allow them to use their experience and knowledge to do their job, and focus on deterring and solving major crimes, will reap the benefits.  Those who tolerate a system that turns their officers into quota-driven, ticket-writing robots, will get what they deserve as well.