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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Drivers on Tucson city streets, be aware. The Tucson Police Chief is making it mandatory for officers to write one traffic citation a day.  

According to TPD Chief Roberto Villasenor it is all about safety, but some officers are saying the requirement is bad for morale.  

Some are calling this one-a-day traffic citation requirement a quota, but the TPD Chief prefers to call it a 'performance goal.'  He outlines the idea in a memo, written in late July. 

The chief states he put it in writing to make it mandatory and stress the importance of it. Now the problem here, some officers are not happy about the requirement. The chief says regardless of what officers think, the new rule is working.  

"Accidents have dropped since we started this in January 2013," said Chief Villasenor. "Calls for service dropped dramatically. Arrests have gone up dramatically." 

According to the first memo he wrote in July, more than 80 percent of the citations were written warnings and equipment violations.  

"I think its a quota. And I think it's revenue ahead of safety," said Mark Spear, a Tucson driver. 

Chief Villasenor assures the public it is not the intent of the program to generate revenue, instead it is to address driving behaviors. 

"We're hearing a lot of complaints from citizens at traffic stops they fell an offer's discretion is taken away on whether or not they get a ticket," said Jason Winsky, TPOA, Government Affairs Director. 

Even though there has been an increase in revenue that is not the motivation. 

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