It’s a suspicion drivers have held likely since the first speeding ticket.
That a citation is somehow connected to a little something extra for the officer writing it.
Now, is there proof?
In an email this month, the Atlanta Police Union President wrote: “The mayor has designated traffic court and ticket revenue for future pay increases.”
“Is it a quota system? Certainly not,” Atlanta Police Union’s Ken Allen said. “We’re not even asking anybody or no one has made any suggestion that any officer write any additional tickets than they already have.”
The Atlanta police force is not alone.
Former police officer and TV judge Alex Ferrer said they don’t have to ask.
“Once you tie something to somebody’s financial earnings, they are motivated in a way that they are not motivated before,” he said.
A former New York City police officer said he was pressured to write citations.
“I wasn’t meeting their undocumented quota, the non-quota quota,” Adrian Schoolcraft said.
Tucson’s police chief requires his officers to make at least one stop a day on average.
Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said it’s good for public safety and crime fighting.
“That’s where we get most of our narcotic arrests,” he said. “We get a lot of warrants we’ve been able to serve. The benefits of traffic stops have been proven in city after city.”
Atlanta drivers said they have other ideas for the money than police pay increases.
“They should put that money toward the community rebuilding roads, helping homeless people things like that,” one driver said.
Allen stresses while the money from tickets will go to raises, more tickets do not lead to higher raises.
“This is a direct stream of revenue that has been designated to that and it could have come from anywhere out of the general fund,” he said.