Thursday, May 17, 2012

Despite Higher Stop and Frisk Figures, NYPD Ticket Writing Way Down

New York City is busy dealing with the stop and frisk controversy and suits filed against the policy, but a curious statistic was released on another aspect of policing in New York City.

The NYPD is on pace to write more than a quarter million fewer tickets than it did last year, likely as a result of a ticket-fixing scandal last year that led to beat cops not issuing as many tickets as they had been. That has budget ramifications as the tickets translate into revenues.
The city’s revenues from traffic and parking violations could come in under last year’s eight-year low because cops are on track to write nearly 270,000 fewer moving violations, The Post has learned.

Reports from Mayor Bloomberg’s budget office show that 1,262,585 of those violations were recorded in the last fiscal year, while only 744,741 were logged through the first nine months of fiscal 2012.

If that trend continues through June 30, when the fiscal year ends, the final tally will be 992,988 — a stunning reduction of 269,597 summonses.

The Post reported last August that cops upset at new regulations imposed after the Bronx ticket-fixing scandal were engaging in a widespread slowdown.
That includes both parking violations and moving violations, which combined can generate around $500 million annually.

Should the trend continue, expect to watch the City Council increase the fines associated with the various violations even higher than they are already so as to generate the revenues necessary to fund operations.

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