Thursday, August 10, 2000

Police union to blast quotas

FOP leaders not satisfied with system

By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        State police union leaders today will allege that Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis requires deputies to meet quotas and disciplines them if they don't.

        Officials of the state Fraternal Order of Police plan to meet with reporters this morning to blast the system they say puts too much pressure on deputies and takes away on-the-street discretion.

        Sheriff Leis could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.

        Sgt. Steve Watts, president of Local FOP Lodge 84, which represents deputies, also could not be reached.

        Paul Cox, chief counsel of the state FOP in Columbus, said Wednesday that FOP and Ohio Labor Council officials met with the sheriff to discuss their concerns. But the quota system, he said, has remained.

        The system started in 1996, Mr. Cox said, but deputies only recently began to be disciplined for failing to meet the quotas.

        “Simply stated,” he said, “quota systems have a negative impact on the entire community.”


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