Remember when I wrote about how the Howard County, Maryland Police Department got tripped up when a memo was disclosed revealing that their officers were given a quota of 2-4 traffic stops per hour, with a top priority focus on making as many DUI arrests as possible in order to maintain funding for overtime, etc?
Well, it looks like that policy wasn’t just limited to Maryland. Former Will County State’s Attorney Jeff Tomczak — who is in a position to know — has brought out evidence that Will County officers have been given a quota of 1 traffic stop per hour and one DUI per 10 hours in order to maintain Federal grants.
And certainly, these Federal grants are not limited to Will County.
Perhaps we have found one of the reasons why so many police officers will immediately, and often incorrectly, assume that someone is under the influence of alcohol, based on factors that might lead a reasonable person to think that the person is actually just tired, sick, or physically or mentally disabled.