05/17/2011

Police in NM city upset at 'point system'

Las Cruces Police Chief Richard Williams objected to characterizing the directives as a quota system

By Ashley Meeks
Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES — A "point system" at the Las Cruces Police Department directs patrol officers to make a certain amount of arrests and write a certain amount of tickets every month, or face disciplinary action.

Internal memorandums obtained by the Sun-News detail a "patrol plan" instructing officers to "meet or exceed a 90-point rating every calendar month" through "a combination of predetermined point-valued activities." Written and weighted by Lts. Walter Jackson and Mark Nunley, the system in West Area Command has been in place since April 10, and in East Area Command since March 30.

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