â€œI spoke to the CO [commanding officer] for about an hour-and-a-half,â€ the Patrolmenâ€™s Benevolent Association delegate says in the audio recording, captured at a Bronx precinct roll call meeting. â€œtwenty-and-one. Twenty-and-one is what the union is backing upâ€¦. They spoke to the [Union] trustees. And thatâ€™s what they want, they want 20-and-1.â€
â€œTwenty-and-one means twenty summonses and one arrest a month,â€ says a veteran NYPD officer who listened to the recording, and who spoke to The Nation on the condition of anonymity. Summonses can range from parking violations, to moving violations, to criminal court summonses for infractions such as open container or public urination.
â€œItâ€™s a quota, and they [the Union] agreed to it,â€ says the officer. â€œItâ€™s crazy.â€