metrics

The average number of traffic fines, random breath tests (RBTs), street checks and calls for service per officer will be assessed on the scorecards along with budgets and overtime.

Sounds dangerously like quotas to me.

Having had a small amount of experience running an operational team, I’ve had first hand experience with what happens when individuals are measured by poorly thought out metrics: in the case of a network operations team, one of the worst measures that can be used to measure performance is number of trouble tickets closed.

I’d suggest that measuring police on the number of traffic fines, RBTs, street checks, and calls-for-service will not result in an improvement in the crime rate.

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