NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A North Las Vegas Police officer claims police supervisors are ordering officers to write more traffic tickets to generate more money for the city.
The police lieutenant said he has had enough and is filing a grievance against his own department. The grievance was filed by Lt. Wilson Crespo, who is also the vice president with the Police Supervisor's Association. It was filed against Deputy Police Chief Tony Scott.
The grievance claims the deputy police chief is spreading the message that police officers who do not write three tickets a night will be punished.
It claims Crespo was pressed by Chief Scott to get his officer's ticketing numbers up, or they would face negative performance reviews.
The police association believes this distracts officers from responding to robberies and other crimes.
"My main concern is that it affects the public trust. That needs to stop. Let's put forth some real true performance evaluation. But a quota of two and one, two moving and one parking, is not right." Lt. Wilson Crespo said.
North Las Vegas police responded that no ticket quota exists. They add that traffic enforcement increased this year because of recent deaths on North Las Vegas roads.
They also deny that any increase in ticketing is meant to raise money for the city budget.
The grievance is now in the hands of North Las Vegas City Manager Tim Hacker. He declined to comment, saying it is a personnel matter.