Former Auburn, Alabama police officer Justin Hanners claims that the local police force operates on a ticket and arrest quota. He was eventually fired for refusing to comply and keep quiet.
“When I first heard about the quotas I was appalled. I got into law enforcement to serve and protect, not be a bully,” Hanners told Reason.com.
Hanners says that police officers were told to get "meat tickets" that included big fines, such as speeding tickets.
“There are not that many speeders, there are not that many people running red lights to get those numbers, so what [the police] do is they lower their standards," explained the whistleblower.
Hanners claims that each Auburn police officer is required to make 100 contacts per month. The contacts included making arrests, conducting field interviews, writing tickets and issuing warnings.
For the entire police force that would mean a total 72,000 contacts per year in a town with only 50,000 people.
Hanners backed up his claims with recordings (video below) of high-ranking officers.
Sgt. Trey Neal is identified on one recording saying: "It's Saturday night. Let's go out there and make some contacts, put some asses in jail."
The top two police officers with the most contacts were "given gift cards for steak dinners and things like like that," said Hanners.
He repeatedly voiced his concerns through his chain of command, but was told to drop it because police department policy was driven by money.
“I had no intention of dropping it. This is a problem in more places than Auburn, and I think once the people know that they can hold their public officials accountable, it’ll change," added Hanners.