Are cops covering up for colleagues in traffic accidents? Agencies want answers.

Officials of three of the largest police departments in Broward County, Fla., have ordered internal policy reviews to determine whether officers involved in accidents in which they were at fault receive preferential treatment from colleagues.

The reviews were ordered in November by the heads of the Broward County Sheriff’s Department and the Fort Lauderdale and Margate police departments, after a report in The Miami Herald asserted that the vast majority of police agencies in South Florida rarely if ever ticket their officers for preventable accidents.

The newspaper’s review of accident reports in Dade and Broward counties showed that officers weren’t ticketed even when they were at fault for an accident, many of which occurred when officers were on their way home from work or while on routine patrol. The newspaper added that the situation persisted even when colleagues and supervisors knew the officer involved was negligent.

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Excerpted from Law Enforcement News
Jan 15, 1997. 
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