It’s an accusation that is constantly leveled at law enforcement officials across the country. In truth, however, most law enforcement budgets are independently funded and are not affected by the amount of revenue their officers generate. Very few departments have stated quotas and none that we could find would admit publicly they promote a quota system.
But, that seems to be changing across the country and especially in Georgia. In a report on the Georgia Public Broadcasting website, The Georgia State Patrol motorcycle unit uses a portion of the fines it generates from tickets written by officers to help fund the unit.
State patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said, “Citations written by the motorcycle unit, a portion of the fines go back to that unit for the maintenance and operation of the motorcycles.”
Critics say this puts pressure on officers to write tickets and will inevitably lead to a “quota” system to maintain services.