Arlington Police Chief Rescinds Memo With Alleged Ticket And Arrest Quotas

ARLINGTON, Va. (CBSDC) — Arlington County Police Chief M. Douglas Scott is backtracking on the apparent quota system for arrests and tickets established by his department one day after an internal memo leaked outlining the minimum expectations set for patrol officers.

According to the March 1 memo, first obtained by 9News Now, officers would have been expected to meet the following expectations:

Day shifts

  • Arrests – 3
  • Field Observation Reports – 3
  • Traffic Summons – 28 (maximum 25% warnings)
  • Parking Citations – 15

Evening shifts

  • Arrests – 7
  • Field Observation Reports – 5
  • Traffic Summons – 30 (maximum 25% warnings)
  • Parking Citations – 5

Midnight shifts

  • Arrests – 7
  • DUI – 1
  • Field Observation Reports – 3
  • Traffic Summons – 16 (maximum 25% warnings)
  • Parking citations – 5

“I rescinded the proactive guideline memo issued by patrol commanders earlier this month because it has created confusion,” said Chief Scott. “There is no month to month or day-to-day numeric quota system for our officers.”

His statements Tuesday morning mirrored the verbiage of the original memo.

However, the memo also threatened the possibility of disciplinary action against officers who did not meet the minimum goals.

Scott added Tuesday that no officer will be subject to any action for not meeting the expectations set forth in the memo.

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