Calgary

Police officers forced to meet ticket quotas: union

The Calgary Police union says officers are disciplined if they do not issue at least 20 traffic tickets a month.

The Calgary Police union says officers are disciplined if they do not issue at least 20 traffic tickets a month.

The Police Association says there is definitely a ticket quota even though it is not written down anywhere.

The Association says 10 officers in District Six are appealing disciplinary action for not meeting their quota. The officers have been charged with insubordination.

Al Koenig, president of the Association, says traffic tickets bring in more than $22-million to the city budget.

He says officers should be allowed to use their own judgement if a driver is ticketed. Koenig says more traffic tickets are issued at the end of the month when officers are trying to meet their target.

The Police Association has set up a Website and a poster campaign to try to discourage the quota system.

Police administrators are holding a news conference Wednesday to respond to the charges.

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