Cybersecdn- To address concerns about excessive traffic citations and the pressure placed on law enforcement officers, a bipartisan group of Ohio lawmakers is pushing to eliminate police traffic ticket quotas. House Bill 333, introduced by State Reps. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) and Kevin Miller (R-Newark), aim to prohibit the requirement for law enforcement officers to meet specific numbers of traffic tickets, arrests, or other forms of police quotas.
Gary Wolske, president of the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, highlighted the undue pressure both on officers and citizens resulting from these quotas, often disguised as “performance standards”. The bill also seeks to safeguard officers from being evaluated, promoted, or disciplined based on such quotas. It includes provisions for an anonymous reporting system for officers to inform about the use of quotas, triggering an investigation by the attorney general.
Critics of the quota system argue that it undermines public trust in law enforcement and prioritizes revenue generation over public safety. The bill’s proponents point to incidents like the Independence Police Department’s backlash over alleged quotas and a subsequent lawsuit as evidence of the system’s flaws.
While there has been no public opposition to the bill, concerns remain that some cities may resist the change due to the financial implications. The bill’s progress through the Ohio House will be closely watched as it represents a significant shift in law enforcement practices in the state.