Quota-Embroiled NYPD Commander Transferred To Another Unit
Deputy Inspector Peter Bartoszek, former precinct commander of the 79th precinct house in Brooklyn, has been transferred to the Special Victims Division where he will serve as executive officer, the second-in-command. While department officials call the move a “routine personnel shuffling,” others believe the transfer was to break up the “toxic work environment” he was leaving behind.
Bartoszek was at the center of quota allegations since 2010. Quotas are not allowed in the department, but many officers under his leadership at the 79th precinct in Brooklyn alleged they were required to dole out a certain number of summonses each day or face repercussions. (Sounds like quotas to me).
According to the NY Daily News, in 2010, officers from the 79th precinct threatened to boycott summons writing for an entire day in protest of the quotas. While the boycott never happened, the threat of such brought attention to the issue.
Just last months, nine officers said they were penalized for speaking out by being given “subpar” evaluations by Bartoszek.
Punishment for cops who speak out against the status quo is nothing new. Police departments have historically been quite permissive to unscrupulous practices like quotas, even if they wouldn’t come out and admit it. The NYPD has a reputation for keeping these sorts of things underwraps in what’s sometimes referred to as the blue code of silence or the blue wall.
And when a commander is accused of wrongdoing by officers under his supervision, he is simply moved to avoid further attention being drawn to the real problem. Is that what happened with Bartoszek? Only those closest to the situation truly know.
Quotas are not allowed for obvious reasons. If a cop is required to dole out so many tickets, for example, he may feel pressed to pass them out in situations that would typically only warrant a warning, or trump up charges altogether. Fair application of the law isn’t possible when officers are told they have to produce so many arrests or tickets in a single day.
Data driven policing forces precincts to be judged on how many people they take into custody and how many tickets are written. Unfortunately, these measures are not always indicitative of effective policing at all. Sometimes things like community confidence in the local cops and how safe citizens feel are far better judges of whether the police are fulfilling their roles as they should.
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