Council Supports So-Called Police “Quota” System

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Raleigh City Council members Tuesday took no action on a new police evaluation program, effectively approving what some say amounts to a quota system for officers.

The program, proposed by the Police Chief’s office, is a way to measure the effectiveness of police officers by establishing an informal quota that measures an officer’s rate of on-duty activities such as arrests and traffic stops.

Teamsters Local 391, a union that represents some Raleigh police officers, has come out against the system, calling it “troubling” and “arbitrary.” Other critics argue that the program will inevitably lead to more aggressive officers.

Raleigh Police Chief Harry Dolan told the City Council’s Law and Public Safety committee last week he doesn’t think that will happen.

“Many people think that a quota will cause our officers to enforce things they would have ignored in the past,” Dolan said. “But that simply isn’t the case. I’m very confident in my officers and their discretion.”

A consultant has already been hired to evaluate the program, and the Law and Public Safety Committee directed the police department to share that final report with the city manager and City Council when it’s finished.

Dolan retired Thursday after working in law enforcement for 32 years. His presentation to the committee represented one of his last public acts as city police chief.

“I just think that the program is good business,” he said.

City Councilors did not vote for or against the program Tuesday, but the lack of action means the program can move forward.

“I think it’s a good idea,” Councilor John Odom said last week. “We always need a measuring stick to see who’s doing what and how they’re doing it.”

3 thoughts on “Council Supports So-Called Police “Quota” System

  1. Please look into the Watch for me enforcment program. City of Raleigh police stopped atleast 20 people today for not “yielding” to the pedestrian crosswalk across Hillsborough St. around lunch time. They staged an officer in plain clothes standing on the shoulder (which constitutes the crosswalk) and issues me and others $223.00 tickets for not yielding. He was not advancing just standing on the side. Sargent King at the City has the details of the program if anyone want to report this. Can we get a ticket log from the City? This is ludicrous.

    This is entrapment and a way to a bend the rules to make revenue. I have more details if anyone is interested.


  2. Well, at least Hillsborough Street HAS crosswalks! Over here is south Raleigh, I’ve asked the city and state for a crosswalk across 9-lane Saunders/Willmington at Chapanoke (OR anywhere else on Saunders between downtown Raleigh and Garner. There are no crosswalks anywhere! I received no meaningful responses from anyone (city said talk to the DOT, DOT said talk to the city).

    Hundreds of people with bikes, strollers, wheelchairs, and shopping bags run across Saunders/Wilmington everyday – dodging cars running at 40 – 60 mph through the area.

    Sorry for those who received tickets (over $200? Now that’s fund-raising!) but I would just be happy with one little old crosswalk. Raleigh deserves its national reputation as one of the most pedestrian-unfriendly cities in the USA. Shame!

  3. I hope they start enforcing loitering and loud stereo laws in Southeast Raleigh, it is getting more and more ridiculous here since everyone has been putting loudspeakers on the OUTSIDE of their cars for the public to enjoy.