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Illinois Police Banned from Using Ticket Quotas

A new law has been passed in Illinois that bans police departments from issuing ticket quotas and judging officers’ work performances based on how many tickets they write.

Gov. Pat Quinn (D) signed the legislation on Sunday.  It will apply to local, county and state law enforcement agencies and goes into effect immediately, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Prior to the passing of this law, officers were assigned a specific number of citations that they were expected to issue. Those who met their quotas at the end of each month were celebrated, despite the fact that many of these citations often caused a rift between officers and otherwise law-abiding citizens.

In a news release, Quinn defended the new law by saying, “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. 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.”

The law passed in the Illinois Senate Thursday in a 57-1 vote, with only one “no” vote coming from Republican Sen. Tim Bivins, reports NBC Chicago.

Not everyone approved of the law. The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police criticized this legislation in an April 4 statement that read, “Under the provisions of this bill, Illinois would stand to lose millions of dollars in federal highway traffic safety funding for DUI saturation patrols, restraint enforcement details and speed reduction campaigns.” 

Sources: Chicago Tribune, NBC Chicago


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