More than 40 people have come forward in a class-action lawsuit against Utah Highway Patrol Officer Lisa Steed. Steed was named Utah’s “Officer of the Year” in 2007 for making more than 200 DUI arrests. In 2009, Steed racked up an extraordinary 400 DUI arrests, twice the number of any other UHP trooper, averaging more than two DUI busts per shift. Steed’s supervisor Lt. Winward credits her extraordinary arrest record in part to “typing skills” that allow her to process DUI reports more quickly than other troopers.
She has caused incalculable harm to dozens – perhaps hundreds – of people with bogus DUI and drug charges. Imagine the effects on all those who have been imprisoned, lost their jobs, spent thousands of dollars on legal fees, or perhaps even lost their children because of her corruption. This is the result of a skewed incentive system for police officers.