Beer and Pizza have always gone together, but under a new Boise Police internal contest, drivers with too many beers under their belt may inadvertently buy pizza for a cop.
Seems a sergeant came up with the idea which is endorsed by Chief Mike Masterson. Officers who win a monthly DUI arrest contest are rewarded with certificates for pizza, dinners and movie tickets.
Cop brass are adamant about the rules of the game. The night STEP team (selective traffic enforcement program) challenged the other patrol teams with the offer to pay out of THEIR OWN POCKETS if the other teams nab more drunk drivers.
Masterson told the GUARDIAN, “There is no reason you can’t have a little fun in law enforcement. I have no problem with it.”
The feature is in this week’s BOISE WEEKLY by Shea Anderson. He talked to a public defender who didn’t seem pleased with the plan, but offered no real criticism.
The GUARDIAN thinks the idea has potential for other government enforcers. Think of the prizes the State Police boob cops could offer for who ever writes the most tickets for dirty dancing.
The building inspectors could have a heyday with challenges over the most stop work orders issued for improperly vented fans in new bathrooms.
Code enforcement people who issue the most tickets for tall weeds or hedges blocking the view could dine on pizza monthly and maybe even get a movie. Then there are the parking meter maids and butlers–wouldn’t scofflaws be frosted if THEY got a free pizza for hanging the most paper under wiper blades?
From a taxpayer standpoint it is great: Get the employes to pony up money out of their own pockets to encourage colleagues to enforce the law.
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