Governor Scott blasts idea of quota-based bonuses for FHP troopers

Florida Gov. Rick Scott
Posted at 11:58 PM, Mar 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-28 20:09:17-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) Florida Governor Rick Scott is flatly rejecting the idea that the Florida Highway Patrol could base trooper bonuses on meeting ticket quotas.

The Governor responded to recent reports of the Florida Police Benevolent Association raising concerns about the idea.  The FPBA indicated the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles could potentially tie FHP trooper bonuses to the amount of tickets they write.

“The idea that FHP would tie officer bonuses to the number of tickets they write is absolutely outrageous and wrong," said Governor Scott.  "All state worker bonuses should be based on better, not worse outcomes for the people of Florida who pay the taxes to fund state government. Floridians paying more in tickets is not a better outcome. Period. If this idea comes across my desk, I will reject it.”

Publicly, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has thus far denied that it is considering the idea.