W.Va. Troopers Allege Ticket Quotas

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Nearly 70 percent of State Police Troopers don't believe there are enough officers in the field throughout West Virginia.

A new survey also found that nearly a fourth of troopers complain State Police brass impose an unofficial monthly quota for traffic warnings or citations.

About 30 percent say they're punished for not meeting that quota.

And more than one-fifth of those surveyed believe troopers are arbitrarily transferred or relocated as a form of discipline, though that's against state law.

Legislative auditors queried all 445 Troopers assigned to field posts in May.

At least 82 percent responded, and the 26-question survey yielded more than 1,800 comments.

State Police officials dispute the quota allegations, and say they're addressing the manpower issue.

(Copyright 2008 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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