My Law Life

by Scott Ealy (Effingham, Illinois, USA)

This “Top Cop” List: A Bad Idea

  

  

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The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) thought its “Top Cop” lists would be helpful.

In reality though, lists like these are incredibly counter-productive.  Even my prosecutor friends agree.

  

  

AAIM’s annual designation of “Top Cops” and “Top Departments” is based solely on the number of DUI arrests “scored” by each officer or department.

  

Not wise.

  

  

Result:  Officer motivation gets called into question:  “Are you trying to make the list again this year?”

“Isn’t it true that this designation is based solely on how many arrests you make, rather than convictions?”

“Does this listing help serve as motivation for you — to pull drivers over more often than your colleagues?”

  

  

  

Scott Ealy

  

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Written by scottealy

July 30, 2010 at 6:19 am

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