NJ cops forced to comply with quotas?

May 1, 2008 3:49:57 PM PDT
Dozens of police officers in New Jersey are raising a stink because they say they're being forced to comply with ticket quotas.Nearly a dozen cops from departments across the state have complained about being required to issue a minimum number of tickets per month.

If they don't, they say they face poor performance reviews.

The president of the state's Police Benevolent Association says the directives risk public safety by turning cops into ATM machines.

"I think it all comes down to finances, when the court revenues are low and they look to the police department to bring up the revenues," PBA president Anthony Wieners said. "We're not tax collectors, we're out there to perform a public safety function."

State law makes it illegal for any law enforcement agency to force cops to make a certain number of arrests or citations.