SB 154: Prohibiting Police Quotas in Utah
This bill passed the Senate 23-2 and the House unanimously.
Police quotas exist in select law enforcement agencies throughout Utah. An op-ed we previously published shares some examples.
- require, suggest, or direct that a peace officer meet a law enforcement quota;
- evaluate, promote, compensate, reward, or discipline a peace officer on the basis of a law enforcement quota; or
- transfer a peace officer from an employment assignment on the basis of a law enforcement quota.
Compelling officers to arrest and cite citizens increases mistrust and weakens community relations, jeopardizing public safety. This type of system also creates a misguided prioritization that turns peace officers into revenue generators for their city.
As such, we fully support ensuring that peace officers are not required to be revenue generators for their city. This bill accomplishes that important public policy purpose.