MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The head of the Nassau County police union says you shouldn’t believe allegations by the county administration that cops are engaged in a ticket-writing slowdown.
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“I don’t believe that there is a slowdown. So, in my opinion, all the officers are out there doing their job – day in and day out,” police union President James Carver said.
Acording to Newsday, Nassau County First Deputy Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said his department had identified some 160 officers, across all precincts, who willfully slowed their ticketing.
He said that, in some cases, ticket writing was stopped altogether.
County data projects that, by the end of the year, traffic and parking citiations will have fallen nearly 28 percent since 2010.
In a July report, the county budget office had forecast that the county would see $4.1 million less in ticket revenue than anticipated for this year.
Carver admitted that his officers do suffer from low morale due to budget woes and staff cutbacks.
But he said cops work hard and could use some help.
“You can’t keep on saying ‘Do more with less.’ After a while, it comes to be a breaking point,” he told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.
Carver said he believes that new red light cameras are slowing drivers down and having an impact on traffic citations.