Law enforcement is supposed to be about keeping the public safe, not about lining pockets.
The recent reports from the Atlanta Police Department are very disturbing.
Channel 2 Action News has obtained an email sent to Atlanta police that says traffic ticket money will fund future pay raises.
An Atlanta police source told Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri there are concerns that linking pay raises to tickets creates an indirect quota system, but the Mayor’s Office and the author of the email insist there’s no push to write more tickets.
The email from police union President Ken Allen explains future police pay raises will be funded through traffic tickets and court revenue. It comes on the heels of the passage of the city’s budget.
Tying financial incentives to law enforcement will naturally create a push to write more tickets- not because its the right thing to do but because they want more money. It creates an ulterior motive and a dangerous precedent.
Many people have spoken out in opposition to this and the people of Atlanta should not take this lying down. This needs to be remedied. There needs to be a difference between police officers and used car salesmen.