Part of that is a philosophy to use officers against more serious crimes. Putney, the current chief, has also spoken about a desire to write fewer tickets and give more verbal warnings. For low-income residents, not having the money to pay a ticket can snowball into more problems — like having to take off work to attend court.
Some council members have applauded this shift towards more warnings. For speeding, the city gave 4,878 verbal warnings ten years ago. It’s on pace to give about 7,600 verbal warnings for speeding this year.
But there is another reason why officers may be making fewer stops: Paperwork.