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EXCLUSIVE: Email: Troopers ordered on ticket blitz

"350 tickets ... would be stellar," Lt. says.

Updated: Thursday, 29 Mar 2012, 10:34 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 29 Mar 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

(WTNH) -- An eye-opening state police internal memorandum obtained by News 8 challenges state troopers in one barracks to out-perform their trooper colleagues by writing hundreds of tickets on Friday.

The memo, distributed at Troop I in Bethany and obtained exclusively by News 8, basically lays down the gauntlet and any driver on a state highway is fair game.

According to this document, starting tonight at midnight, patrols will be stepped up. The memo from Lt. Anthony Schirillo says in part;

"...we have to issue at least 60 infractions / Misdemeanors each shift for a total of 180 infractions in order to outperform both Troop F and Troop G.

"...One day Troop F issued 301 tickets. Troop G responded by issuing 345 in one day. We can do better...

"I am asking that everyone, myself included, contribute to this effort...

"NOTE if we happen to issue 350 tickets in one day that would be stellar."

News 8 spoke at length with Lt. Paul Vance, spokesman for the Connecticut state police. In response to the allegation that this is a quota system, which the state police union alleges, Lt. Vance said no one is given a quota, this is not a game, they don't do that, and have never done that.

Another memo obtained by News 8 says "The master sergeant and I will buy pizza for the shift with the highest total."

Update: More reaction from Lt. Vance and state police union president Andrew Matthews posted here.

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