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Mamou police officer accuses police chief of setting ticket quotas

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A Mamou police officer is accusing his chief of setting ticket quotas for the officers. He says they even get text messages while on duty reminding them to reach the numbers. This officer says he's not going to be forced to do anything he knows is illegal.

According to LT Steve Ardoin things got testy at the Mamou Police Department Wednesday between Mamou police Chief Brent Zackery and a few of his officers.

"Chief told us in the office don't think I can't fire y'all for not writing tickets and again I told him I'm not refusing to write them. I'm writing them I just don't have many as everybody else." says Adroin. 

"And I know what this is is stemming from and this is the reason why the officer was told that people were running the stop sign around 8th street and 9th street the officer did not do that and he was reprimanded for that," says Zackery.

In Louisiana ticket quotas are illegal. It is also illegal to punish officers for not writing a certain number of tickets, and lastly the law prohibits rewarding officers for writing ticket.

Ardoin says he moved down in rank, while other officers, some who he says haven't been to the academy yet have been moved up in rank, because they are writing a high number of tickets a month. 

"They wanting us to write more and more they setting quotas. We had a little meeting going on yesterday and it was more or less for disciple. We had our ranks pulled had our take home units taken from us." says Ardoin 

"I can switch rank how ever I please at this department. If I feel that Joe is doing better at listening to what I'm doing and John is not well guess what I can give the rank to Joe." says Zackery.

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