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article imageFrench traffic cops must issue tickets or lose Christmas days off

By Anne Sewell     Oct 26, 2013 in Technology
Paris - A senior police officer, in charge of a road traffic division in the Paris area, has allegedly told his traffic officers to issue at least three tickets for driving offenses every day, or lose out on days off over the Christmas period.
According to a leaked document (in French), dated October 7th and published by AFP this week, the senior officer has allegedly told his officers to “be less lenient” with motorists. He further ordered them to not “hesitate to give out more penalties.”
Europe 1 radio (in French) said on Friday that allegedly the police chief fixed an exact target of at least three PVE's (electronically processed fines) per officer, per day.
The officer is then alleged to have stated that the decision on the allocation of year-end holidays would be made depending on the "activities" of the unit, as well as any resulting drop in the number of accidents in the area.
The officer claims that during the year, there has been a 15 percent drop in what he referred to as “repressive activities” by the officers so far this year. He claimed that he would not allow a scenario where “agents might get a holiday after having only recorded a single infraction.”
The officer is question is being slammed by the French National Police Union Alliance for “acting like the Bogeyman” in front of his troops.
The union is also upset by what it calls a return to “quantitative” measurements of police activities, rather than a fair evaluation of failure and success in tackling traffic accidents and speeding.
On the other hand, the DGPN (Director-General of the National Police) denied any existence of a “quota policy” for handing out fines for traffic offenses. However, they did add that some superiors did encourage their men to deploy the newer electronic version (PVE) of the formal warning to drivers.
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