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NYPD Officer Admits False Arrests to Fill Quotas
ABC 7 News
March 3, 2010
NEW YORK (WABC) — An Eyewitness News investigation talks to a police officer who reveals the pressure they are under to make quotas.
Officer Polanco says One Police Plaza’s obsession with keeping crime stats down has gotten out of control. He claims Precinct Commanders relentlessly pressure cops on the street to make more arrests, and give out more summonses, all to show headquarters they have a tight grip on their neighborhoods.
“They have to meet a quota. One arrest and twenty summonses,” said Officer Polanco.
“At the end of the night you have to come back with something. You have to write somebody, you have to arrest somebody, even if the crime is not committed, the number’s there. So our choice is to come up with the number,” said Officer Polanco.
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