Updated 07/05/2012 09:13 PM
Raleigh police union files grievance over evaluation system
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RALEIGH — It is an evaluation program the Raleigh Police Department recently fully implemented this week.
It is also one that a local police union has been highly critical of. On Thursday a member of Teamsters Local 391 spoke about more than 100 grievances filed over the priority performance measure evaluation program, claiming the department is using it as a quota system.
"Quotas are an insult to police and that is why so many of us are insulted by this system. It is a numbers based system. We are not trying to scare the public. We want the public to be informed of what's going on so that they can rise up and stand up for themselves," said Teamsters Local 391.
The way it works is officers are judged on areas of their job such as the number of foot patrols they do, DWI arrests, or traffic stops to name a few. Members of the union say they have raised concerns with the police chief about the evaluation system as far back as 2010 but he would not listen. Chief of police Harry Dolan said it is a solid system and that the union's claims are misguided.
"Alluding to or actually stating that this is some type of a veiled quota and that people are getting tickets for frivolous reasons? I want every citizen to know that's not true," said Chief Harry Dolan of the Raleigh Police Department.
The police chief says no action will be taken against the police officers who filed grievances. As for the union, they say 100 more grievances will be filed within the next week.