Op-ed: Peace officers should not be revenue generators

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  • Eklosity Lindon, UT
    Jan. 2, 2018 2:36 p.m.

    Police should exist to protect and serve. Not fund raise. Police and citizens should not be put in dangerous situations on the side of traffic to make the city a couple hundred bucks. There should be no ulterior motives.

  • Cactus Pete Centerville, UT
    Dec. 31, 2017 4:07 p.m.

    I don't get tickets because I obey the traffic laws, don't run yellow lights, and behave when I'm behind the wheel of my car. Slow learners deserve the traffic tickets they get.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 31, 2017 2:42 p.m.

    This sounds as if the author is ticked because she was ticketed for something.

    Obey the law and no one needs to worry about tickets or quotas.

  • pragmatistferlife Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 31, 2017 8:40 a.m.

    I would agree that quotas shouldn't be used to raise money. However, to poo poo the idea that quotas can and maybe should be used to motivate and evaluate officers is wrong.

    The author specifically relates circumstances where officers write citations where no one was endangered. First of all she's simply making that up, and secondly with speeding being the most common reason for traffic deaths in Utah, and given Utahns driving habits it would be very reasonable to give officers a quota of traffic tickets simply to reduce risks, and make sure they are paying attention to where the risks are.

    Quotas don't have to be excessive to be effective in helping officers focus on where the most common risks are.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 31, 2017 1:13 a.m.

    Ultra...local governments are employees of local citizens. The needs of people need to come before the needs of business, or government. We are people first, not employees. Or subjects.
    And the cops, they need to serve and protect us. All. What they are not is tax collectors.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 30, 2017 9:21 p.m.

    Local police are employees of local governments who are employees of the local business owners. The best way to describe their purpose is that they are charged to provide a suitable environment for the local businesses. Fortunately, ordinary people also benefit from their work by living in the protected area. However, when you leave a given business area your benefits may change by the nature of the business in the new area.

    I believe that every American should have the same protection and justice and that the quality and nature of the protection is decided overall for America by a government as big as it needs to be. And not at the whim of the local group.