Arlington Police chief rescinds memo spelling out numeric goals for officers, denies quotas

An officer on the night shift ought to make at least seven arrests a month, issue 30 traffic summons — with only 25 percent warnings — and five parking citations.

Associated Press | Mar 20, 2012

ARLINGTON, Va. — Arlington County’s police chief has rescinded a memo that seemed to suggest patrol officers had numerical monthly quotas for issuing arrests and traffic and parking violations.

At a press conference Tuesday, Chief M. Douglas Scott called the March 1 memo, titled “Proactivity Expectations 2012,” a mistake and said he did not want any appearance that his officers were following quotas.

The memo, issued by patrol commanders, suggested that officers could face discipline if they did not meet minimum standards. Specifically, it said an officer on the night shift ought to make at least seven arrests a month, issue 30 traffic summons — with only 25 percent warnings — and five parking citations.

Scott rescinded the memo after WUSA-TV reported on it.

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