Governor bans ticket quotas at police departments

News-DemocratJune 15, 2014 

New legislation now prohibits municipalities from requiring police officers to meet ticket quotas, according to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

Quinn signed the new law on Sunday, which also prevents quotas from being used to evaluate an officer's performance. The new law applies to local, county and state police officers, and is effective immediately.

"Law enforcement officers should have discretion on when and where to issue traffic citations and not be forced to ticket motorists to satisfy a quota system," Quinn said. "This new law will improve safety and working conditions for police officers and prevent motorists from facing unnecessary anxiety when they encounter a police vehicle."

Senate Bill 3411, sponsored by State Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea) and State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) , prohibits a county or municipality from requiring a law enforcement officer to issue a specific number of citations within a designated period of time. It also says a county or municipality may not compare the number of citations issued by the law enforcement officer to the number of citations issued by any other law enforcement officer for purposes of job performance evaluation.

"Arbitrary quotas on the number of tickets that have to be issued by police officers undermines the public trust in the police departments' priorities," Hoffman said. "By eliminating these quotas, we can restore that trust and ensure that police officers are free to do their job protecting the public."

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