Auburn Police Chief Paul Register said his department does not require officers to fulfill a ticket quota. This comes after a former Auburn police officer said he was fired for recording conversations of his superiors telling him to do just that. Justin Hanners, the former police officer, has hired a lawyer and is going to pursue legal action.
"We obviously do care greatly about prevention of crime and reduction of traffic accidents," said Paul Register. The police chief said this is the goal of the police department and requiring officers to have a specific number of traffic tickets a month is not a part of the process.
Hanners said the police department is not being completely straightforward with their policies on ticket quotas. He claims the department required him to have one hundred contacts a month including tickets, warnings, and arrests and when he didn't meet the goals there were consequences.
"At the end of June I got written up. I have 67 contacts out of the 100 I was supposed to have," said Hanners.
"It's based on the overall performance of the officers and their efforts to prevent crime," said Register.
Hanners showed me documents he said he received from the police department reprimanding him for not meeting quota. Register says they have increased their presence in neighborhoods and commercial areas based on the public's request but not to push ticket quotas. Hanner's disagrees and says one of the reasons he gone public is to in his words, "Protect citizens from their government."
Register says his goal is also to protect the residents of Auburn. He's been police chief since the first of July.
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