Is There A Ticket Quota For Officers? In California YES!

CHP motorcycle Officer Jay Brame is being sued along with another officer and the CHP in federal court in Sacramento by Harrison Orr for civil rights violations, including elder abuse. The 78-year-old man was arrested after being pulled over for allegedly driving too slowly, making an unsafe lane change, and “drifting” during a traffic stop in 2013. The officer told Orr he suspected him of driving under the influence and put him through a series of field sobriety tests, despite the man explaining that he had problems walking in a straight line due to the after-effects of a stroke years earlier.

Despite passing the breathalyzer test, Brame arrested Orr on a DUI charge. A struggle ensued when he attempted to handcuff the motorist and a second officer, Terry Plumb, punched Orr in the stomach, knocking his feet out from under him and causing him to fall to the ground. After being cleared at a substation of being under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, Orr was booked into jail for resisting arrest with prosecutors later dropping the charges.


Officer Jay Brame is defending himself on the belief that CHP officers are pressured to issue tickets and must hit a monthly quota. So he felt pressured to meet his quota.


Now of course the CHP saying is and never was any quota for officers (which is against the law).

State Vehicle Code makes it clear the concept is illegal. "No State nor loal agency employing peace officers or parking enforcement employees.....may establish any policy requiring the employees meet an arrest quota"



Now one would think Officer Jay Brame hasn't a leg to stand on....right?

Not so fast! The CHP isn't very smart it would seem.

Officer Jay Brame had a copy of a evaluation report he gave the courts as evidence.

In it it stated 

“You have averaged five enforcement contacts per day for the first 15 days of the month, this is well below the shift average and not acceptable for a (motorcycle),” one evaluation introduced as evidence stated. “You will need to pick up your enforcement activity the second half of the month and use the (motorcycle) for what it is intended to be used for.”


If this isn't considered a quota then I don't know what is......



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Comments (6)

  1. WalkinOnSunshine

    I always jokingly say that cops are probably trying to reach their quota, when they are parked in a residentual area waiting for someone to go over the speed limit. I would say it in jest…now after reading this, I wonder

    June 16, 2015
    1. geargrinder2012

      I also hear others say the police had a quota….
      There is one thing I do know for sure.
      Interstate 85 that running through three towns that most people use going on to the other.
      There are times when you can see many police sitting on the side trying to hide to catch speeders for a week or two.
      Afterwards you don’t see them for a couple of months then out of the blue their there again for a week or two.
      When I say many I mean like ten policemen is a 15 mile stretch…..

      June 16, 2015
      1. WalkinOnSunshine

        Now that you say this…yup, I will see State Troopers on our major interstates, pulled to the side or the other side of a low bridge, in the Median, just waiting to pounce.

        June 16, 2015
  2. Hugh_Pizmehoff

    its all about revenue – thats all it is. This is the way police get new equipment and new cars . . . but assaulting an elderly man is ridiculous!

    June 16, 2015
  3. DeeinFL

    Unfortunately, I do believe that many departments pressure the officers into reaching a quota. It’s usually about the time when the speed signs go out and several of them are watching and waiting. Then you know what’s going on…

    June 21, 2015
  4. GoldenPig2012

    Of course there is a quota. I “knew” that thirty years ago when I started driving. Put out all the official denials you want, we all know. Duh. As for deliberately laying violent hands on the elderly? SHAME on you!!!! Your mother would be horrified!!! If you cannot deal with an elderly person without attacking them, you have no business doing your job!

    July 21, 2015