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Forest Service: No citation quotas for rangers

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The U.S. Forest Service is arguing it does not have citation quotas for its rangers.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers released this statement Wednesday:

"The U.S. Forest Service is committed to quality police work on the lands we are charged with protecting, including fostering a relationship of trust with the communities we serve. In the spirit of that mission, the Forest Service does not require any citation quotas, and the agency has not issued formal or informal guidance to that effect. We are reviewing recent events in Taos and the coordination with both Taos Ski Valley and local authorities to assure that the Forest Service always handles these types of situations in the best way possible. Once the after action review of the operation there is completed, we will begin to implement recommendations. We take our mission to protect and serve very seriously, and view this as an opportunity to improve the way we partner with the communities where we live and work."

The statement comes a day after the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) accused the Forest Service of instructing law enforcement officers to write at least 100 citations each year.

PEER claims the information came from an internal email on Nov. 6, 2013. Aban Lucero, the Patrol Commander for the Southwest Region of the Forest Service, "reiterated" to his patrol captains that Law Enforcement and Investigations (LE&I) Director David Ferrell is serious about law enforcement officers issuing a target number of citations, according to PEER. [Click here to read the email]

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