Directed patrol not a quota

The police union in Camden, New Jersey filed suit in 2008 claiming that the department’s requirement that officers complete a certain number of directed patrol contacts per shift amounted to an illegal quota. The suit was dismissed in federal district court (the officers also alleged violations of whistleblower, family medical leave, and free speech protections), and by this opinion the U.S. Court of Appeals agreed that mandating public contacts is not the same as setting an enforcement quota.

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