If Ashburton’s police officers are focused on their jobs, they should be able to issue one traffic ticket per working hour, says AshburtonÂs police chief Arnold Kelly.
In the past year, Ashburton officers issued 13,000 hours worth of tickets, but that falls well short of the one ticket per hour target the Police Department requires, Mr Kelly said.
Ticket quotas are a recipe for police dishonesty and corruption. Even if corruption doesn’t occur, many people will perceive it does as they’re hit with fines for petty offences. Imagine how many people would get stitched up if police had to catch four burglars and one rapist every week or risk a stalled career.
The police image is probably the lowest it has ever been. Turning the police into bounty hunters or the IRD on Wheels will do nothing to help that image.