Illinois bans police ticket quotas

Jun 16, 2014

Police in Illinois can no longer be required to meet quotas for issuing tickets. Governor Pat Quinn Sunday signed legislation prohibiting the practice. 

 The law simply says cities, counties, or the state cannot require police to write a certain number of tickets within a certain time frame.

 Sen. Andy Manar, a Democrat from Bunker Hill and sponsor of the law, says that’s an outdated way to evaluate police performance.

 “I think that takes away a police officer’s discretion and it puts divisions in particular communities that ought not be there."

 Other lawmakers say they’re concerned that some local governments might impose quotas as a way or making money.

 Despite the new prohibition, departments can impose quotas for other types of police work, like traffic stops, warnings, arrests, investigations, or community outreach.