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Some officers call new program a "quota" system

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Some Raleigh police officers have their own chief in the crosshairs over a newly implemented program.

They said a new program Police Chief Harry Dolan is implementing unfairly forces them to write more tickets and pull over more drivers. Those officers fear it could turn motorists into potential suspects.

A new evaluation system for officers was put into place July 1 and some aren't happy.

"Morale is down significantly" said Officer Trey Walters.

Walters said he knows there could be retaliation or worse but he doesn't care.

"The feedback for this system is that it's broken. It's flawed. It doesn't work, said Walters. "Our concerns aren't being listened to. Our questions aren't being answered.

Walters spoke out against a new evaluation system. It's a new way Raleigh police will be kept in line. Priority Performance Measure Evaluations, or PPMS, is a system Walters said will measure quantity not quality.

"Some people may have noticed lately we've been doing laser enforcement projects," said Walters. "Well, I can assure you that's not because an increase in traffic enforcement people need to meet their numbers."

In a grievance that was filed Thursday with Raleigh city personnel, Walters and 130 officers will file paperwork claiming, "There are legitimate concerns that this system thinly veils a true quota system. Officers looking to improve their scores are left with little or no options but to target citizens in situations where discretion would normally have been used. Or worse, the employee will be required to write a minimum amount of tickets or make a certain number of arrests."

Dolan said the program is designed to count the number of various activities officers perform on duty to improve policing.

"These officers are performing admirably," said Dolan. "I mean they are exceeding our expectations and I have no reason to believe that they won't under this new system. But they've got to give it time. And I will not sit back while they scare my public."

Dolan said the quota allegations are misguided.

Walters said in a news conference Thursday that 100 more officers are expected to add their names to the grievance next week. If that happens, 25 percent of the force would have put their names on the paperwork.

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