My latest for WatchDog.org Some police revenue streams are more outrageous than others

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My latest for WatchDog.org Some police revenue streams are more outrageous than others

My lat­est for Watch​dog​.org notes one thing in the Fer­gu­son report that is actu­ally worth com­plain­ing about:

The City’s empha­sis on rev­enue gen­er­a­tion has a pro­found effect on FPD’s approach to law enforce­ment. Patrol assign­ment an sched­ules are geared toward aggres­sive enforce­ment of Ferguson’s munic­i­pal code, with insuf­fi­cient thought given to whether enforce­ment strate­gies pro­mote pub­lic safety or unnec­es­sar­ily under­mine com­mu­nity trust and cooperation.

This prac­tice sets up a per­verse reward sys­tem if you are a cop, the report explained:

Offi­cer eval­u­a­tions and pro­mo­tions depend to an inor­di­nate degree on “pro­duc­tiv­ity” mean­ing the num­ber of cita­tions issued.

Of course the left’s out­rage here would be more believ­able if not for …

Alas, while this unity in pro­tect­ing cit­i­zens from abuse sounds hope­ful in the­ory, the real­ity is the out­rage over this prac­tice, at least for some, is selective.

What is selec­tive about it? You’ll have to go to Watch​dog​.org to find out

The bot­tom lin

My latest for Watchdog.org notes one thing in the Ferguson report that is actually worth complaining about:

 

The City’s emphasis on revenue generation has a profound effect on FPD’s approach to law enforcement.  Patrol assignment an schedules are geared toward aggressive enforcement of Ferguson’s municipal code, with insufficient thought given to whether enforcement strategies promote public safety or unnecessarily undermine community trust and cooperation.

This practice sets up a perverse reward system if you are a cop, the report explained:

Officer evaluations and promotions depend to an inordinate degree on “productivity” meaning the number of citations issued.

Of course the left’s outrage here would be more believable if not for …

Alas, while this unity in protecting citizens from abuse sounds hopeful in theory, the reality is the outrage over this practice, at least for some, is selective.

What is selective about it?  You’ll have to go to Watchdog.org to find out

The bottom lin