Ticket Quota Scandal Leads To Florida City Dissolving Its Police Force

| by Lisa Fogarty

A Florida city known as the nation’s third-worst speed trap voted to dissolve its police force after its police chief and his replacement were suspended over a scandal involving ticket quotas.

The Waldo City Council voted 4-1 in favor of disbanding the police both because of the ticket scandal and what they say is a costly estimate to replace the department’s outdated facilities and computers, reports the Daily Mail.

The department came under scrutiny after it was discovered this August that Police Chief Mike Szabo had enforced a quota to each cop of 12 tickets for every 12-hour shift. Quotas are reportedly illegal.

When one police officer returned to the office having written only four tickets, Szabo reportedly wrote an email to him that read, “Looks like you have some work to do when you come in,” reports the Tampa Bay Times.

After Szabo reportedly resigned, his replacement, Cpl. Kenneth Smith, was accused of installing city-owned surveillance equipment for his own use – to allegedly monitor his apartment’s parking lot.

Smith also reportedly resigned after he was suspended from the force.

Now without a police department, Waldo will share police resources with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department.

Sources: Daily Mail, Tampa Bay Times

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