In Cleveland, the Fox 8 I-Team discovered the number of traffic tickets in Cleveland issued by police officers has dropped 32% since 2014.
Fox News first noticed the trend last year and decided to look into the matter. The I-Team checked with Cleveland Municipal Court for the number of tickets for the first few months of 2015, 2015 and this year.
In 2014 from January through April there were 23,062 tickets. During the same period in 2015, the number dropped to 19,048. And during the same period this year, the number was down to 15,519.
That means a lot less money coming out of the citizen’s wallets. But it also means, a lot less money going into the city’s bank account. The Fox team estimated that the drop in tickets has cost the city more than a million and a half dollars.
The Cleveland police union president, Steve Loomis, blames a combination of short staffing and low morale with officer’s locally and nationally getting criticized sharply often by crowds of protestors.
“Traffic enforcement is an important part of any “proactive” policing initiative,” noted Loomis. “Unfortunately a combination of severe and prolonged staffing shortages in our department and the national false narratives that plague our profession make “proactive” policing a nearly impossible reality. The Cleveland Police Department is now nearly completely “reactive” to the detriment of our law abiding citizens.”