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Raleigh police chief defends new evaluation program

Posted July 4, 2012
Updated July 5, 2012

— Raleigh Police Chief Harry Dolan issued a lengthy statement Wednesday defending a new performance evaluation program that grades officers by counting the number of activities they perform on duty.

The Teamsters Local 391, which represents the Raleigh Police Protective Association – an interest group of nearly 600 officers – on Tuesday called the new Priority Performance Measure Evaluation System a "troubling, arbitrary, quasi-quota system."

In his rebuttal, Dolan said that under the previous program that 90 percent of employees were rated as "outstanding" – the highest possible level.

"I would agree that our employees do remarkable, often courageous, work, but a measurement program that produces such results has room for improvement and leaves room for public skepticism," he said.

He denied that the new program is a "true quota system," as alleged by the union.

""It is perfectly understandable to question change or to become anxious about a transition to revised performance measurements," Dolan added. "However, to refer to the utilization of the fundamental neighborhood and police priorities below – which are additionally evaluated on the basis of quality of the service performed – as any form of quota is misguided"

Dolan instituted the new program on July 1.

The Teamsters contend that the grading system is not an accurate way to judge an officer's effectiveness and that it will hurt t morale and lessen "the department's ability to further reduce crime rates in the city."

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  • ed1g1tal Jul 6, 8:51 a.m.

    Great. Now add that to the fact the "peace officers" get overtime when testifying in court against you for the victimless crimes quotas they are being graded on in their performance system and we will have taken a few important steps to that police state that New York and Jersey is now... This is just a thinly veiled attempt to collect more taxes from your hard earned paychecks in the form of fine and court costs. What makes it even sweeter is they use the funds they steal from you while under threat of violence or incarceration to buy new toys like non-lethal weaponry and Bearcat APCs to do an even better more efficient job at spreading fear to the masses. Have you ever wondered why there is such a feeling of dread and fear when you see that cop car in your rearview mirror? Why? They are, after all, "peace officers", right?

  • gibbymon Jul 5, 6:22 p.m.

    It seems to be time to get out of Raleigh. Corruption seems to be the only thing trickling down from the capital building. To bad the housing market is in the toilet. I would move back to Asheville, Where the gevernment has forgot is still in North Carolina. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS ASHEVILLE. You are better off without this Government.

  • piene2 Jul 5, 6:21 p.m.

    "What does PPM stand for?
    Obamacare Tax"

    People that are too lazy to type.

  • sef1528 Jul 5, 4:31 p.m.

    carlostheass-
    I hope now you get stopped for something petty and/or arrested just to get the numbers up!! Ha, what comes around goes around. You have no idea how bad this guy is unless you are on the inside. I would like to see you work 12+ shifts, have YOUR life on the line, work hard, and still be called below ave. I think your opinion would change in a heartbeat! Go apply to become an RPD officer, but you won't you don't have the guts to do what they do on a daily basis and get paid in pennies and with basically no REAL benefits!

  • The Guy Jul 5, 3:18 p.m.

    I have tried to add some more insight without naming names or violating posting guidelines, but my last two did not make it.

  • working for deadbeats Jul 5, 2:55 p.m.

    I guess we citizens have to remember that officers are just the foot soldiers of a department and have to simply follow orders. If a supervisor says that Mrs Jones wants speeders ticketed on her road, then the officer better come in with results.

  • working for deadbeats Jul 5, 2:52 p.m.

    I admire the officers who are speaking out. Thanks for saying what's not in the articles.

  • com_mon_sents Jul 5, 2:35 p.m.

    Wow I never realized how much a police officer is like a teacher. You guys are getting the shaft like teachers do. Youare the ones out doing all the work and having to jump through hoops that are just plain insane. YET, don't dare speak up or question a new program/evaluation that is being implemented. I have read the comments from the police officers...and I'll have to say it's pretty sad to see that the dept. and cheif could care less about their concerns. Just like in education...the NUMBERS is all that matters. Quality is thrown right out the windows. YOu have my sympathy RPD officers...wow...it's very sad!

  • firecaptain2000 Jul 5, 1:52 p.m.

    @ The Guy and RPD07

    Amen! Keep the "insider" comments flowing.

  • The Guy Jul 5, 1:44 p.m.

    Don't know why mine was censored either. So I will try again. Not all sworn-Raleigh Police Officers are requred to do these daily PPMs. So you have sworn Officers from the same department that are evaluated differently because some are evaluated based off of PPM numbers and some are evaluated based on their actual work and performamce.

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