Monday, December 17, 2007

It's about Revenue Collection, not Criminal Correction

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Dallas County Ends Controversial Officer Bonuses

DALLAS (CBS 11 News) ― A controversial incentive program for deputies in Dallas County has been tossed out. The officers were competing for holiday gift cards based on the number of tickets they issued.

A spokesman for the Dallas County Sheriff's Department told CBS 11 News that public criticism of the program began immediately after the idea was announced.

The program would have given holiday bonuses to deputies who made the most arrests and issued the most citations within five particular categories.

These holiday bonuses were to come in the form of five $50 gift cards to a local sporting goods store.

The idea was yanked late Friday afternoon, just before some Dallas police officers were about to go on the record saying that the idea may have been illegal.

Critics of this controversial program said that it would have encouraged the deputies to be overly aggressive, and may have even violated state laws regarding ticket quotas.

Also, public servents are prohibited from accepting honorarium.

(© MMVII, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

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