SPRINGFIELD – Legislation to prohibit the use of ticket quotas by police departments in Illinois won final approval in the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday by a vote of 106-9 with one member voting present. The bill’s Chief Co-Sponsor, Rep. John D. Anthony (R-Morris), a former Kendall County Sheriff’s deputy, led efforts to educate members of the House on the importance of prioritizing public safety in the administration of local law enforcement.
Senate Bill 3411 would prevent ticket quotas at any state, county and municipal police departments. It also states that departments would not be allowed to evaluate an officer's performance based on the number of citations they issue. The bill earlier passed in the Illinois Senate on April 10 in a 57-1 vote.
“We are fortunate to have many of the finest, most dedicated and well-trained law enforcement officers here in Illinois,” Rep. Anthony said. “As a practical matter, the number of citations written by an individual officer should not be used as a job performance tool. We should trust the men and women of our police and sheriff’s departments to use their discretion on when tickets are warranted. Public safety should be the standard, not arbitrary quotas.”
A bipartisan initiative, SB 3411 was introduced by Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and sponsored by in the House by Rep. Anthony and Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Belleville) in addition to 25 other co-sponsors from both parties and every region of the state.
“Ticket quotas get in the way of keeping public safety the foremost priority for our officers on the streets,” Rep. Anthony added. “It’s encouraging to see Democrats and Republicans come together on this issue to put safety first; and to show our law enforcement personnel that we trust their experience, judgment and training on when to write a ticket.”
Under SB 3411, officers may still be evaluated on “points of contact,” including the number of traffic stops completed, arrests, written warnings and crime prevention measures. The bill now goes to Governor Pat Quinn for signature.