Thursday, January 24, 2013

Judges are Failing Citizens and Business Owners!

Why Ever Pay a Fine?
by Nick Ashton, Founder, CEO, Tracometry

Justice courts and their judges are causing massive failure in financial collections and it is cost you, the tax payer, citizen and business owner.

Unelected judges in Municipal and City justice courts are failing in upholding the law and costing the citizens/businesses millions of lost and uncollected dollars.  They are salaried employees and it is their job to uphold the laws of the municipalities and cities.  

They are not!

What is the point of a police or parking officer ever writing an infraction on a moving violation, parking infraction or booting situation, when a judge summarily either reduces it, places an amnesty ever six months or just lets the culprit off as they think it will never be collected?

Municipal fines and levies is as high as casino profits, it is second in value to rolling the dice, playing cards or spinning the wheel and only 4% nationally are ever collected!  If these judges are lawyers and have a law license, they should be disbarred and removed from the payroll of the city or municipality.

When there is a shortfall of finances within a city or municipality, council members, commissioners, city managers and Mayors turn to increasing taxes on the property owners and citizens. 

Why, when there are uncollected millions just waiting to be collected?

It is as simple as they have failed to collect the monies in the hallways and laying on the streets or your city!  They have failed criminally in the blatant failure of following through with the law and expect you, the citizen or business owner to go to the financial well once again and pay the difference.

If you have committed 100% of the infraction, you pay 100% of the fine or levied fee, no ifs or buts!

Houston Texas is a perfect example of failure by the presiding judge:

Houston Municipal Courts are offering a 2013 Amnesty Program through Feb. 9 that allow some delinquent court cases to be resolved at a discounted rate.

“Now is the time for anyone with a delinquent case to come forward and resolve your court matters, because you have the opportunity to save a lot of money, hundreds of dollars in some cases,” says Director and Presiding Judge Barbara E. Hartle. “We are available for anyone who has questions; just call us at 3-1-1 if we can be of assistance. There is also information regarding our programs on our website.”  see Barbara E. Hartle bio

Most traffic and non-traffic citations that were delinquent on or before Oct. 21, 2012 will be eligible for amnesty discounts. Previously adjudicated cases, capias pro fine cases, parking and Red Light Camera citations are not eligible for amnesty.

So are we saying, "don't pay the fine, wait, and it will get reduced and then pay it?" Why on God's green earth would you ever pay a ticket which is owed and demand, with this sort of ridiculous proposal going on?

As an police,parking or code enforcement officer why would you bother to ever write a ticket if some judge is going to dismiss, reduce and allow the infractor to never pay?

You, as a citizen or business owner are being ripped illegally!  It seems the councils and commissions think you have an endless pot of gold for them to keep tapping you for.

It is about upholding the laws on the books and professional collections.

There is no more to discuss, actions are required by citizens and business owners.

Court Adjourned Or Is It?

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Your City, Your Money...

Normal Financial Service Will Be Resumed
by Nick Ashton, Founder, CEO, Tracometry

When a city or municipality sees there is a shortfall in revenues, what is the first thing the council, commission, city manager and mayor think of doing?  


I am not saying it is wrong, it just not the first thing to think of, especially in these dire economic times.  It is a tradition to tax the citizenry and it is the right through representation.  There is an even far better method of raising money, collect the monies already approved and owed to you and indirectly to the citizens.  These monies are in the hallways and streets of your city.

Look, running a city, county or state is not an easy task and a lot has gone before us and will continue to build up as we attempt to adjust to the needs, promises and requirements of today.  

Collections is not an easy task and to be frank, has failed over the centuries.  No one likes being told they owe money and must pay up.  No one likes to be the messenger of the news and how people will comply and pay.  It is an art that has changed and been refreshed by recoupeit, who reunite revenues to those that are owed.  

We pride ourselves on delivering an efficient, effective and quality based enforcement service built on integrity, transparency and professionalism. We appreciate and understand Local Authority policies on Social Inclusion, Customer Care, Equality, Environmental Issues and Valuing Diversity, yet also recognize the pressures faced to improve performance and collections to meet local government performance targets at this time.

Our full range of collection and enforcement services, including ancillary services that provide the perfect Corporate Debt Solution. We pride ourselves on our ability to excel in the quality of service and in market collection rates.  recoupeit is fully committed to Local Authority partnerships.
Collections include:

  • Overdue Parking/Booting/Clamping fines
  • Code Violation unpaid fines
  • Utility Debt
  • Civil and government unpaid court fines
  • Child Support Debt
  • Commerce Debt
  • Civil Court Debt
  • All court ordered debts
We understand the objectives of our clients in recovering this type of debt from motorists and the restrictive timescales involved. Our experience to this market section and rapid growth is testament to our success. Our collection rates have consistently exceeded our clients’ expectations and our clients’ testimonials demonstrate our achievements in this growing market.

recoupeit, use and have developed the latest technology that ensures higher collection rates and real time updates.  This together with our vast data intelligence makes us the ideal partner in recovering your unpaid penalty charges.

recoupeit provides training to Local Authorities who are about to assume responsibility for parking contraventions or voluteers on patrol within their jurisdiction, on parking operations, notice processing and enforcement. 

recoupeit is your ideal strategic partner.

recoupeit acts on behalf of the Child Support Agency for the enforcement of liability orders issued in respect of unpaid child maintenance.  Our aim is to ensure that all children have the best start in life by working in partnership with Child Support Agencies to ensure that all parents contribute to the financial cost of bringing up their children.

Mayors, Council members, Commissioners, City/County Managers, Police Chiefs and Sheriffs know that budgets have been dwindling for the past few years and it has become exceedingly difficult to maintain the requirements.  
This changes with recoupeit, collections of monies that you have not collected being reunited with the rightful owners, the citizens and the services they require and were promised.

Reuniting revenues is our forte, this enables you to have the technology tools to perform at a far high rate of success:
  • street level data input 
  • calls for service
  • crime analytics
  • tracking
  • next event predictability
  • citizens informed 24/7 via the Internet
  • Pied Piper Project (P3O)
  • volunteers in policing
  • auxiliary communications
All paid for with collected funds that are reunited to your finance department.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Dick Whittington, Mayor, Streets Laid with Gold and So Can Yours Be!

Law, Order & Collections...
Professional Assistance Required

This was originally written in 2013 and serves well, still five years later.

Trump is President, America has economically turned around and the UK is suffering from crime-ridden streets of death and mayhem.

Back in 2013  -  It is past the time of acceptance, our society is collapsing around us and we are more interested in entertainment, sports and missed focused gun and knife control.  Start thinking how we are all going to pay the piper and claw our way back to a societal plateau of success.

This is one of the building blocks of the needs and requirements to succeed as a city for the promises made to the citizens.

The Pied Piper Volunteers in Policing

Never in the history of policing, parking and code enforcement or building inspection has there been such a need for volunteers.   Cities and counties are in dire financial situations and need the help of their citizenry like never before.  There are a plethora of hands held high that want to assist and play a part in these important areas.

Revenue is the key to keeping cities and counties afloat making sure income is derived for normal licensing.  Infractions and nonselective enforcement require full-time officers included in the budget.    

Now include volunteer’s assistance!

When Sir Robert Peel envisioned a police force back in1829, when he created the Metropolitan Police, he laid out 9 principles:

1.    The basic mission for whom the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.
2.    The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions.
3.    Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.
4.    The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately, to the necessity of the use of physical force.
5.    Police seek and preserve public favor, not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.
6.    Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order, only when the exercise of persuasion, advice, and warning is found to be insufficient.
7.    Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence. 
8.    Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.
9.    The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.

These principles listed above may have been Sir Robert Peel’s principles, however, the Metropolitan Police’s founding principles and de facto founding principles are of all other modern police forces.  How does it stand up today?  

Are you in compliance?

Money, or lack of it, is the sad fact for a void in serving the general public and the laws on the books that demand the service is provided.  All in all, we need the help and assistance of those who wish to be involved for the right reasons, the volunteers.  This is a fact and will make a radical difference in how your city and county can achieve its targets and citizenry aspirations.

It is working together in a simplistic manner, utilizing usable technology that can be operated by anyone and be a success.  

Dedication to service is the key with the proviso of excellent certified training.  These courses place the individual’s knowledge and, importantly, abilities at their peak performance.  The reason for the certification is simple; we must empower them with the tools and attributes to complete the job at a level that will not be compromised in a court of law.

Just like laws and investigations, the pen has been in use for the last 6,000 years.  Computers in the hands of the general public have only been in use since 1975, a vast difference in inexperienced use.  Everyone can use a pen and the certified training is minutes, rather than weeks and months.

CommSmart Global Group has vast inner experience in developing and implementing the policing of our streets, city and county infrastructures and non-selective enforcement with the issuance of such citations and completion of focused reports.  

Let us look at how volunteers and community policing can and will affect our economic societal front lines.
Fifteen years ago, the Volunteers in Police Service Program was established by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in partnership with, and on behalf of, the White House Office of the USA Freedom Corps and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers.

Back in 2013, the streets have changed since that date and inception.  The economy was at an all-time low and costs have risen beyond all of our beliefs.  It was a time to make a radical and sensible change and ask for the assistance of those who wish to serve.  There is a core, worldwide that has that inner feeling to continue assisting their communities and imparting their prior training and passions to make their community safer at a society price we can all afford.

Community Policing dates back to Roman times and when Britain was invaded, the British were governed by the Legions and they maintained law and order.  When all this collapsed, Germanic Tribes, known as Anglo Saxons, took over and had their own unwritten laws, unlike the Romans who had written laws and a legislative body.  

The Anglo Saxons developed a peacekeeping system for England.  The concept of the King’s peace evolved, whereby the King assures the people of a state of security and peace, in return for their allegiance to him. This continues today in one form or another.  We have a mutual pledge to each other to maintain a semblance of law and order.

When law and order were passed from the King to the Shires of England, it was the Reeve who dished out the law.  Today, that is still the case, it is the Shire-Reeve or Sheriff, that is the man or woman who leaders the implementation, of the laws passed to do with civil or criminal enforcement.

England has one of the most comprehensive usages of community and supports police officers, they are involved in traffic and transportation, and follow up on the paperwork aspect of dealing with criminal and civil situations.  These are paid positions.  Volunteers exist in the form of Special Constables, which is a total volunteer section of British law enforcement.

Time is telling us we need help and we must listen for a change.  Enforcing the law regarding parking and code enforcement, filling out police reports on what some see as mundane events and everyday simple repetitive reporting, can be achieved by Volunteers in Policing local force.  Using those who wish to serve productively will be an asset to the community and must be used.

CommSmart Global Group understands these needs and have developed Digital Capture principles and have created a certified training which uses a simple Smart Mobile Phones and Tablets.  Crime analytics, tracking, next event predictability and the means to afford these services to be a success.  

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WE are in the NOW and 

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