Police Pay Cut = Fewer Tickets

Memphis officials noted a dramatic drop in the number of citations issued in July by Memphis Police Department officers, the month after 4.6 percent pay cuts were approved for MPD officers and most city workers, according to the Commercial Appeal.
Officers issued 18,341 citations, summonses and ordinance violations in July, down from 29,092 in July 2010 and 34,149 in July 2009, according to records from the City Court Clerk’s Office.
A similar decrease was recorded in August, when MPD officers issued 20,599 citations, down from 28,162 in August 2010 and 27,547 in August 2009.
After a brutal budget season this summer, most city employees — including police officers — saw 4.6 percent of their pay get cut. In addition, the City Council is slated to have its third and final vote in October on pension and benefit reforms proposed by Mayor A C Wharton.
The changes — which would affect new employees and current employees with fewer than 10 years of service — include setting a minimum age to receive retirement benefits and using a salary average to determine pension.
MPD Director Toney Armstrong alerted department chiefs by e-mail in August to watch out for a possible work slowdown by officers.

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