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RPD releases results of investigation into officers' voided parking tickets

Posted at: 03/22/2013 4:34 PM

How would you like your parking tickets thrown away without having to go to court? The Rochester Police Department finished investigating cases of officers getting tickets on their person vehicles voided.

He says most of the 23 tickets had legitimate reasons to be voided, but others just said, "courtesy extended."

Chief James Sheppard, Rochester Police Department, said, "Although this is not a good practice, these cases did not merit individual discipline since the action was approved by a high ranking officer."

The investigation focused on tickets issued from August 1, 2009 through July 31, 2012.

Results

· About 7,762 total parking tickets voided
· About 2,629 void request slips submitted by RPD personnel
· About 245 void requests submitted involving a vehicle owned by an RPD sworn or civilian employee
· Of the 245 void requests involving vehicles owned by RPD personnel, RPD was able to locate 190 actual void slips, to determine who requested and approved the void.
· Of the 190 void slips located, we identified 23 void requests in which an RPD officer submitted a request to void a parking ticket issued to his or her personally owned vehicle.
· The 23 void requests were submitted by 17 different RPD employees.