SPRINGFIELD – Friday, the Illinois House sent to Governor Quinn's desk a bill making it a crime of official misconduct for an employee of a law enforcement agency to tip off a criminal of pending law enforcement action against them.
Senate Bill 2695 was necessary because of a 2010 Illinois Supreme Court decision that a 911 dispatcher tipping off a criminal of pending law enforcement action was not an act the employee could be charged criminally for committing, House sponsor State Rep. Mike Unes (R-Canton) said.
"The Court’s decision in People vs. Williams was troubling to law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois and this legislation addressed that situation," he said.
“This is not only important to restore trust in the law enforcement system, but also to ensure the safety of officers involved in criminal investigations,” said Unes from Springfield on Friday. “The safety of law enforcement officers involved in an investigation is paramount and I am proud to help to ensure their safety during the course of their investigations through this bill.”
Under the provisions of SB 2695, the act of tipping off a criminal would be a Class 3 felony punishable by two to five years in prison for a police dispatcher - or any other employee of a law enforcement agency- to knowingly inform a criminal of pending law enforcement action against them.
The legislation was supported by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police as well as numerous law enforcement officials throughout the State.