WATCH: San Diego Police Officer Blows Whistle on ‘Rewards For Arrests’ Program

SAN DIEGO – In an exclusive interview with 10News, a San Diego police officer is blowing the whistle on a newly unveiled program that reports to reward officers for making more narcotics arrests.

“It’s completely everything that we are against as law enforcement officers. It’s unethical,” he tells us during a disguised sit-down interview. 10News is not publishing his name, face or voice. He fears losing his badge for breaking his silence.

“It’s a reward system. A bounty system for officers seeking rewards for their arrests,” he tells us.

10News was provided a copy of an internal email that was sent last week from a sergeant to more than 90 officers. It states that the program is being instituted in the Southern Division and is strictly voluntary. It also states that the program runs from March 1 (retroactive) to April 14.

Accompanying the email is an attachment outlining the program details, including the point scale.

More serious drugs arrests, like sales arrests, earn two points.
A less serious arrest earns an officer one point.
A citation earns an officer a half a point.

The top two point-earners are reportedly rewarded by having the opportunity to work in specialized units for up to a month.
The attachment also details the overall goals of the program, some of which include motivating officers, providing opportunities to gain experience in specialized units regardless of tenure, and targeting areas with high crime activities.

Our source says he and others raised concerns.

“I was basically told to stay within my pay grade. I was basically told that no one will find out and it is technically not illegal,” he said.

He says the program would target low-income neighborhoods with fewer resources to fight drug problems.

“That’s unfair because my intention as a police officer is to help those neighborhoods entirely. [My intention is not to] proactively seek people that meet the criteria to arrest, to reward myself,” he said.

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