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http://gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/2017/07/perverse-incentives-created-by-police.html

Even worse, locally here in San Antonio, last year cops had a federal grant that provided personal cash per dwi arrest and several abuses (arresting and terrorizing sober teen girls) were reported on TV news.
I am not sure if things have changed much, but DUIs in San Antonio were out of control when I lived there. There were countless times where those that were convicted of KILLING SOMEONE getting very little time in jail. It was bad enough that the wife and I refused to drive during "high" DUI times (NYE, long weekends, etc.)...it was just terrible. Nonetheless, a cash reward for DUIs? Yeah, no issues there.... :screwy:
 

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Guys,

Court time is work just like being on shift. Officers have to be paid to go to court just like they have to be paid to go answer 911 calls and work wrecks. It's federal labor law. However, federal labor law allows for the adoption of an 84 hour pay period per two weeks for certain public safety employees meaning that OT doesn't start until you hit 84 hours in that two week stretch rather than 40+ in a single week. Not every place does that. Some places keep the 40 hour standard, but the law does allow for the 84 hour rule.

They don't hold court in the middle of the night. Do you think the night shift guys never go to court? If they are working all night and then have to be in court, do you think that doesn't put them into overtime?
 

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Lawyers make the laws. DUI lawyers have lots of influence.
 

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I believe that officers often get the short end of the stick when it comes to pay, time, and lots of other things. But this specifics in this case clearly call into question the behavior of at least one of the DUI Task Force officers.

"The officer, William Lindsey, testified that members of the DWI task force were "paid overtime, time-and-a-half" for all hours spent in court, giving him a personal financial motive to go to court whether or not an arrest is legitimate. In the prior year, he said, he'd made 476 DWI arrests.

In his habeas writ, the defendant was able to show that Officer Lindsey, from 1992 to 2004, made more money from combined overtime pay than he did from his regular salary. According to the majority opinion, "In the first eleven months of 2004 - the year of Appellant's first DWI arrest - Lindsey earned a total of $145,957, of which only $63,924 was regular salary while $82,032 was paid overtime.""
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"In Austin, the meet and confer agreement (Art. 8, Sec. 3) specifies particularly generous extra pay for time spent in court. For example, an officer who attends court for more than one hour at the start of the work day gets credit for four hours of overtime. Similarly, officers who go to court after work receive a minimum of four hours overtime no matter how long they stay there. So if an officer gets off at 5, goes to court at 5:15, and is out by 5:50, they'd be compensated for four hours at time-and-a-half their usual pay rate."
 

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