In a private ceremony in his office Governor Murphy today signed into law legislation the State PBA has pursued for years to ban police departments from using tickets and citations as a way to evaluate as well as punish officers. The new law removes tickets and citations issued by an officer from their “performance evaluations” and prevents discipline for officers using tickets as a justification.
“For far too long unscrupulous local governments and police supervisors have tried to establish inappropriate ticket quotas,” State PBA President Pat Colligan said after the signing. “Police officers are not revenue collectors as some towns have tried to make them and creating quotas means ordering an officer to target motorists or face punishment. That ends today.”
The private bill signing was attended by State PBA leadership in recognition of the PBA’s initiation of the bill and its pursuit of passing it this session.
“I want to thank our sponsors Senator Turner, Senator Addiego, Assemblyman Wirths, Assemblyman Taliaferro and all the co-sponsors for taking on this fight for us”, Colligan said. “This law will go far to further build trust between New Jersey police and the public.”