In Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? why did Deckard get a citation at the end from his police department? Because he retired too many andys in a single day? I thought the police wants to retire as many as possible. Sounds to me like he should get a bonus.
He was being rewarded.
Merriam-Webster's definition of "Citation":
1 : an official summons to appear (as before a court)
a : an act of quoting; especially : the citing of a previously settled case at law
b : excerpt, quotation
3: mention: as
a : a formal statement of the achievements of a person receiving an academic honor
b : specific reference in a military dispatch to meritorious performance of duty
Examples of CITATION
- He was issued a citation.
- He received a citation for reckless driving.
- gave her a citation for bravery
The word "citation" can be either positive or negative depending on context.
Like user John Rennie said in a comment, Deckard got a citation because he "retired" (i.e. executed) six androids, which was a remarkable feat. A citation is another word for commendation, so that's a good thing.
Excerpt from the book:
A moment later the orange, triangular face of Ann Marsten appeared on the screen. "Oh, Mr. Deckard — Inspector Bryant has been trying to get hold of you. I think he's turning your name over to Chief Cutter for a citation. Because you retired those six — "
"I know what I did," he said.
"That's never happened before. Oh, and Mr. Deckard; your wife phoned. She wants to know if you're all right. Are you all right?"