FHP official who wanted troopers to write more tickets resigns

Florida Highway Patrol major resigns amid quota flap

Florida Highway Patrol major resigns amid quota flap

After his July 28 email to Florida Highway Patrol troopers in an eight-county region was published, FHP Maj.

Major Mark Welch of the Florida Highway Patrol is retiring following the controversy over his ticket quota e-mail.

FHP Col. Gene Spaulding said troopers know they would never face discipline or be rewarded for a ticket quota.

The FHP released a memo sent to troopers, emphasizing no one in FHP should ever feel pressured to meet a certain number of citations. "Major Welch has served Florida for more than 35 years, and I appreciate his dedication to the state of Florida and FHP's mission of saving lives". It's a taxpayer funded program that allows troopers to make extra money working overtime in high-traffic areas.

During the meeting, Attorney General Pam Bondi called Welch's email a "stupid statement". "This is not a quota; it is what we are asking you to do to support this important initiative". Mark Welch's letter of retirement Wednesday evening.

A quota would be in violation of Florida law.

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