Illinois Police ticket quota
(CREDIT: Steve Bohnstedt/Quincy Herald-Whig)

Law enforcement officers in Illinois no longer have to worry about measuring up to ticket quotas thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Quinn signed Sunday a legislation that prohibits municipalities from requiring police officers to meet ticket quotas.

Due to the elimination of ticket quotas, the new law also prevents the aforementioned quotas from being used in any capacity to evaluate an officer’s individual performance.

According to a release from Quinn:

Senate Bill 3411, sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, and State Representative Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, prohibits a county or municipality from requiring a law enforcement officer to issue a specific number of citations within a designated period of time. It also says a county or municipality may not compare the number of citations issued by the law enforcement officer to the number of citations issued by any other law enforcement officer for purposes of job performance evaluation. The new law applies to local, county and state police officers, and is effective immediately.

“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,” Governor Quinn said in a release. “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.”

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