Precinct head imposed traffic-ticket quotas

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

August 25, 2007

A Baltimore County police lieutenant enacted a short-lived policy requiring officers under his supervision to write an average of at least three traffic tickets each day they worked on patrol.

Under the order, patrol officers' ability to get time off was linked to the number of tickets they wrote. Officers who did not meet the "expectation" and averaged fewer than one citation per day would be last to choose their days off, regardless of their shift seniority, according to the order.

Lt. Dean E. Brubaker informed his officers of the requirement in March and documented it in a written order in May. County police spokesman Bill Toohey said the initiative was ended as soon as supervisors learned of it.

"It was one lieutenant on one shift in one precinct three months ago," Toohey said yesterday. He said the order applied to about 25 officers in a department with 1,900 officers.

The initiative was first reported in The Examiner.

The spokesman said he could not comment on whether the lieutenant was disciplined, saying that it was a personnel matter.

State law forbids a police agency from imposing quotas on writing citations.

Jennifer McMenamin

Towson

LatinoFest scheduled for today

The second LatinoFest Baltimore County takes place today in Towson.

The event will feature Hispanic arts and culture, with live Latin music including salsa, merengue and mariachi; dancers in colorful costumes; and a dance contest.

This event is free. All proceeds from festival sponsors will benefit Education Based Latino Outreach (EBLO), a nonprofit that provides educational and arts programs. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Court House Square, 400 Washington Ave. A ceremony with County Executive James T. Smith Jr. is planned for 2 p.m.

Interstate 95

Ramp to close for several nights

The ramp from southbound Interstate 95 to the westbound Beltway north of Baltimore will be closed for several late-night hours next week for construction work on the interchange there, state transportation officials said.

Weather permitting, the ramp is to be closed Monday and Tuesday, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. Also, the two right lanes of southbound I-95 between Route 43 and the Beltway will be closed.

Traffic from southbound I-95 to the westbound Beltway will be detoured to the eastbound Beltway, to eastbound U.S. 40 and then to the westbound Beltway. Drivers can also take westbound Route 43 from I-95 to the westbound Beltway, but there are truck restrictions on that road.

Jacksonville

Meeting to address water problems

Maryland Department of Environment officials will meet with Jacksonville residents Thursday to discuss removal of contaminated groundwater in the area of the 25,000-gallon gasoline leak from an Exxon-Mobil gas station last year at the Four Corners intersection.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Elementary School, 3400 Hillendale Heights Road in Phoenix.

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