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More officers file grievances over Raleigh police evaluation program

Posted July 13, 2012

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— One hundred more Raleigh police officers filed grievances with the city Friday over a new employee performance evaluation that the city's police chief has put into place.

Teamsters Local 391 says the Priority Performance Measure system is a "quasi-quota system" that judges police officers on the quantity of work they do and not the quality.

Last week, more than 100 officers filed similar grievances with the city.

Raleigh Police Chief Harry Dolan says the goal of the system has nothing to do with quotas but to accurately measure officers' work, especially as it relates to community policing and officers interacting with the public.

The new program was implemented July 1.


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  • rpd911 Jul 13, 2012

    Ok, so I thought the time on this thing was 7, guess it's 8. Anyway, the chief had problems in Lumberton and left, got sued in Grand Rapids left and the city paid out millions. He's been causing problems here and now this. He has business interests outside of the department, my question is he using city funds to finance those interests. That should be follow up on. Also, what happened with the daughter's fight. Why was there no interviews with the neighbors who witnessed the event? Come on WRAL, lets do some reporting.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Jul 13, 2012

    I forget the officer's name who came forward to begin with, with a grievance, but I respect him and wish I had the backbone he does to speak out.

    To go on TV and address something that really affects him, speaks to his character, as a person. GOOD FOR HIM!



  • djofraleigh Jul 13, 2012

    Two marked RPD cars sit talking to each other on Poole Rd, outside the city limits regularly during the day. They sit driver's door to driver's door away from the road for some time. It's in the shade and they might be on break, but we wondered why they don't make it so they look like they are watching traffic, but then, that spot is outside the city near a satellite community?

    I think RPD is good, a lot better than the little city depts.

    As for evaluation, then I want some objective data, tempered by subjective measures. Turn the dash-cameras on, use gps data, and have the sgts. review the tapes randomly thru the day and keep records. Why are they not assigning spots for the cars to sit? We have predictive data to do that by.

    LEOs are just people like us and need the supervision or many will slack off. The ones that slack off go to the standard ticket spots.

  • Just Plain Common Sense Jul 13, 2012

    I agree with the officers. A quota is just wrong, no matter how you cut it. Might as well just send arbitrary tickets to random people. A BAD IDEA FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CITIZENS ALIKE.

  • rpd911 Jul 13, 2012

    And for those who are critical of the officers in these grievances:
    http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/1665121/ (yet apparently he doesn't)
    I'd post more, but running out time. He doesn't appear to be the good leader he claims to be.

  • rpd911 Jul 13, 2012

    Interesting tidbit. If one is graded by the NUMBER of traffic stops initiated and the NUMBER of citizen contacts, is that a quota? If you MEASURE people based on a number and require that that number be above a certain point, is that a QUOTA system or is it simply a way to measure performance? So if Officer Able is making 10 traffic stops a day but Officer UnAble is only making 3 and then is lectured on the need to get more is that a quota? Food for thought.

  • BE Jul 13, 2012

    Isn’t it time for the City Manager to ask for some sort of review of this matter by someone outside who has not been involved with this of the Police Dept. for the good of the Chief, the officers and the citizens of Raleigh? For those who are against the officers on this, you need to think again.

  • Spock Jul 13, 2012

    From the abc11 news release, it sounds as if there are about 200 Raleigh Police officers that need to be replaced.

  • Jeff_W Jul 13, 2012


    There's the link. Listen to the recording.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Jul 13, 2012

    Does this mean, if you're doing 50 in a 45, they will give you a ticket? I had always known that close to 10 or over, you'd definitely get a ticket. I hope they don't start giving tickets for going literally a couple or a few miles over the limit. Some speedomotors can be a little off - so can some drivers, for that matter! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)