A Rose by Any Other Name...
It's a quota. It's not a quota. It's a quota. It's not a quota.
- Three patrol officers are suing the Normal Police Department, saying the central Illinois town improperly disciplined them for failing to meet arrest quotas.
The Pantagraph in Bloomington reports the officers filed the lawsuit in McLean County Circuit Court. They say they were disciplined for not meeting a minimum number of arrests per month for traffic, criminal and ordinance violations.
Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner and Normal City Manager Mark Peterson declined comment Wednesday. They said they haven't seen the lawsuit.
Earlier this year the police chief said the department has performance standards but it doesn't have quotas.
"Performance standards." "Index numbers." Even "VRI eligibility numbers." Creative words, but quotas in everything but the name. We aren't fans of not doing anything - there's plenty out there to keep everyone busy for a tour if you know how and where to look, but police work isn't always quantifiable the way number-crunches want it to be.