Just as word of the looming ticket fixing scandal was beginning to percolate through the department, police supervisors in upper Manhattan’s 30th Precinct discovered they had a major problem.
In early March, police sources say, precinct bosses came across six months of parking and moving summonses that no one had entered into the computer system–thousands of tickets in all. That failure to enter them into the system likely cost the city tens of thousands of dollars in lost fines.
“If the summons wasn’t received in a certain amount of time, that summons would have to be voided,” a police source tells the Voice.
How did this happen? Unclear. But precinct bosses had to scramble and input all those tickets into the system by hand over a three day period. Many of the tickets also would have been dismissed in traffic court.
“The people probably went to court and they probably got dismissed,” a second police source says. “The ones who simply mailed in the fine probably got charged, but some of them may have gotten their money back.”
Thus far, the sources say, no one at the precinct has gotten in trouble for the failure to enter those tickets into the system.
We’re awaiting comment from the NYPD.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 25, 2011