"We are at 1.3 so we have a goal to reach," he said. He also added "this is not a quota."
The Police Benevolent Association, which represents troopers, says it is.
Florida Statute 316 specifically outlaws quotas.
"A quota is a quota, and unfortunately this memo sounds like a quota," said Matt Puckett from the PBA.
But the PBA also calls the memo distracting from the real issue: low pay and a shortage of troopers.
"The focus should be putting more troopers on the road, getting them the pay that they need," Puckett said.
The Major who wrote this memo is the former spokesman for the Highway Patrol, but they wouldn't make him available so he could personally clarify what he meant.
FHP made Lt. Col Michael Thomas available to talk. He says the major could have used better language.
"There is nothing that says the trooper has to do this [meet a quota] or there will be some imposed penalty to them," said Thomas.
FHP gets no money from the tickets its troopers write.