A review is underway after a police manager in South Australia offered a prize for the officer who handed out the most fines during a road safety campaign.

The force says the manager recently directed an email to some staff offering a gift card to whoever “made the greatest contribution to road safety” by issuing the most fines or cautions during the five-day Operation Fatal Distraction which began on Monday.

The gift card was purchased by the manager from their own funds.

But in a statement the force said offering incentives was not supported or condoned.

It said SA police did not have quotas for the issue of expiation notices and never had.

“The email instruction has been recalled and staff have been advised that the advice in the email is not to be actioned and is contrary to policy and practices,” the statement said.

Police said officers dealing with breaches of the road rules always had the discretion to determine the most appropriate action under the circumstances.


“This may include the issue of an expiation notice or a formal caution,” the force said.

The Advertiser reported that it believed the incentive was a $30 Coles Myer gift card and the officer was based on the west coast of SA.

-with AAP

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