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Sheriff’s Office Doesn’t Do Quotas, But …

July 11th, 2008 by josh farley

… they did have a “traffic safety enforcement challenge last August.

Gary Simpson, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office patrol chief, sent a memo out to all deputies advising them of a contest between the different shifts (which you can read for yourself here). The gist of it was this: the shift that writes the most tickets got to have two of its members (one selected for writing the most and one selected at random) get an extra day off.

Chief Simpson volunteered to work in the winning deputies’ places. He also explains in the memo that by doing such an undertaking “the citizens of our communities are the true winners.”

As some of you may have seen, we recently wrapped up a project about traffic tickets.

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9 Responses to “Sheriff’s Office Doesn’t Do Quotas, But …”

  1. Sharon O'Hara Says:

    Sounds good to me. Why would anyone object to a quota or contest? Break the law, get a ticket.

    How many tickets for driving infractions does it take before a driver pays attention to his/her driving in order to avoid getting another ticket? Most drivers would learn the first time.

    Our roadways will be safer for the innocent – the children – when the adult focus on their driving.
    Let the careless driver learn the hard way – through their pocketbook. Once should be enough.
    Sharon O’Hara

  2. Blue Light Says:

    How about a contest to see who can arrest the most tweakers? Oh yeah, that doesn’t bring in any revenue.

  3. Sharon O'Hara Says:


  4. Sharon O'Hara Says:

    ps Somebody better care about ‘revenue’ …what better way to pay for our law enforcement that those breaking the law? Seems like justice to me.

    Isn’t Seattle right now facing the loss of twenty officers due to funding cuts?
    Wake up … they apparently didn’t have ‘contests’ to help with revenue.
    Sharon O’Hara

  5. Blue Light Says:

    “Tweakers” is the word for people addicted to methamphetamine. Have some of them move into your neighborhood and you won’t care about people driving five over on their way to work.

  6. R West Says:

    Are you aware the memo is dated 2007?

  7. Sharon O'Hara Says:

    No. Why were the contests stopped?
    Sharon O’Hara

  8. SmartAlec Says:

    They don’t need contests to catch “tweakers.” That happens ALL THE TIME. And, for the record, guess how they transport their drugs, move from house to house, DRIVE to a drug house to get some more, DRIVE to the store to buy the ingredients to make meth, put stuff they steal from you when they’re burging your house to get money for meth? Just in case you didn’t get the hint, they do this all in VEHICLES on the ROADWAY. Thank you. I feel so much better.

  9. SmartAlec Says:

    Blue Light, The only time I’ve ever seen someone get a ticket for five over is when the kindly (too kind in my opinion) officer gives the speeder a break and lowers the penalty. 5 over not only costs less, it looks better to your insurance company.

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