Among the dozen or so DWI's listed by Newzjunky and others was the arrest of a Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy by State Police. There was no accident involved and no apparent prior problems with the individual, so it is being scene by cops and the public as interesting the arrest happened and then the SP was in no hurry to publicize it...Note the post on Newzjunky:
Travis F. Alcombrack, 28, Sackets Harbor, was halted by state police at 11:24 p.m. Thursday on County Route 62 in Sackets Harbor for speeding 45 mph in a 30-mph zone and was also charged with driving while intoxicated. His blood alcohol content was 0.11 percent, troopers said. Mr. Alcombrack is a Jefferson County deputy sheriff. He is summoned to appear in Hounsfield Town Court.
Editor's note: A tipster informed Newzjunky.com late Friday of a possible DWI arrest involving a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy. For an unknown reason, the arrest has not been reported on the New York State Police web site for media which lists daily arrests and other activity. The arrest was confirmed Sunday afternoon by a state police sergeant.
In the police community more than one person is wondering whatever happened to the professional courtesy extended a fellow officer. One retired officer told me the pressure for numbers of this and all types of arrests is so high that discretion is out the window.
Now I know the debate over giving an officer a pass most people won't get...but the broader point is that the state is so interested in numbers to the point where ticket writing is like an assembly line. I was told the current quota (performance objective) for road patrol is a ticket every 90 minutes or six per shift. Given the increasing fines for even the most minor of charges, well you get the point.
Remember the old days when a case like this might involve calling the person's boss (in this case the Sheriff) and letting him read the riot act. Or there's making you leave the car and get another ride home....or just an escort home...
There's lots of ways to make a point with responsible people short of thrusting them into the criminal justice grist mill.