Report Recommendation 2.9

Refrain from requiring quotas for tickets, citations, arrests, or summonses, or to initiate investigative contacts with citizens for reasons not directly related to improving public safety, such as generating revenue.

2.9 Refrain from requiring quotas for tickets, citations, arrests, or summonses, or to initiate investigative contacts with citizens for reasons not directly related to improving public safety, such as generating revenue.

Established Practice

SPPD does not have quotas

The Saint Paul Police Department does not and has not used a system of quotas for any purpose. Furthermore, as a state, Minnesota has already adopted the recommendation and codified it into law: Minnesota Statutes section 169.985 prohibits cities from ordering, mandating, requiring, or suggesting to a peace officer “a quota for the issuance of traffic citations.”  

2.9 Refrain from requiring quotas for tickets, citations, arrests, or summonses, or to initiate investigative contacts with citizens for reasons not directly related to improving public safety, such as generating revenue.

Upcoming

SPPD is committed to racial equity

The Saint Paul Police Department will continue to make progress on defining racial equity within the department and addressing polices so that they align with the best equitable practices. 

In 2017, the department removed measurable data (number of arrests, traffic stops, citations, etc) from the police officer performance evaluation to further illustrate to the employee the department's commitment to value based policing priorities. 

2.9 Refrain from requiring quotas for tickets, citations, arrests, or summonses, or to initiate investigative contacts with citizens for reasons not directly related to improving public safety, such as generating revenue.

Established Practice

SPPD is committed to excellence

Officer success is measured on performance in core law enforcement duties and community engagement activities meaningful to overall crime reduction and safety, represented in six skill areas:

  • Technical expertise
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Community policing
  • Teamwork, management and leadership
  • Communication
  • Personal traits
  • Measurable data (removed in 2017)