The author of the infamous state police memo offering pizzas to troopers who write the most citations did not intend to set an illegal ticket quota, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Reuben F. Bradford said Monday.
Bradford was directed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to look into the matter on Friday, shortly after WTNH-CHannel 8 first disclosed the memo.
“Based on a review of the available facts as well as an explanation provided by [Lt. Anthony Schirillo, the memo's author], it is apparent that there was no intent to implement or set any type of a quota, which are prohibited,” Bradford wrote in a letter to Malloy [pdf] today.
Bradford instead characterized Schirillo’s memo, sent to supervisors in the Bethany state police barracks, as an attempt to establish “suggested goals for his troop for the coming 24-hour shift period.”
“A quota system does not exist within the Division of State Police or any other division within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection,” Bradford wrote.
On Friday, the day after the memo became public, Malloy said quotas are “not appropriate and are illegal.”
The governor noted that state police do increase enforcement in the spring and pointed out that a state transportation worker was struck and killed by a motorist.
“But again, quotas are not permissible,” he added.
When a television reporter asked if offering pizza for the highest number of tickets was “kind of tacky,” Malloy said yes.