SPRINGFIELD – Last week, Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation to officially prohibit the use of ticket quotas by police departments in Illinois.
The bill’s chief co-sponsor, Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield, a former Kendall County Sheriff’s deputy, led efforts to pass this legislation and stated he was pleased that ticket quotas will no longer be used, according to a news release from Anthony’s office.
“We should trust the men and women of our police and sheriff’s departments to use their discretion on when tickets are warranted,” Anthony said in the release. “Trust is the basis of any relationship; public or private. Citizens must be able to trust law enforcement officers and agencies to put public safety first and foremost. Quotas get in the way of that priority and are an unnecessary distraction to the dedicated men and women of our police force.”
Senate Bill 3411 will now prevent ticket quotas at any state, county and municipal police departments. It also states that departments will not be allowed to evaluate an officer’s performance based on the number of citations they issue. Officers will still be evaluated on “points of contact,” including the number of traffic stops completed, arrests, written warnings and crime prevention measures.
“We all share the common goal of healing the divide between police and the local citizens they serve; rebuilding trust and confidence in communities across the state that public safety is indeed the top priority of our law enforcement agencies,” Anthony said in the release. “I would encourage everyone to take a moment and thank the men and women who serve our communities each and every day. We have some of the most dedicated officers in the country and I am proud to call them my friends.”