FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

Illinois Tosses Ticket Quotas

June 15, 2014  | 

Photo: Mark W. CLark
Photo: Mark W. CLark
Legislation signed Sunday by Gov. Pat Quinn bans Illinois police departments from assigning ticket quotas and evaluating officers based on how many citations they issue, reports the Chicago Tribune.

A statement issued by the governor's office said, "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."

The law prevents police departments from assigning an officer a specific number of citations to issue in a given period of time and also stops agencies from comparing officers based on how many tickets they write.

Tags: Traffic Enforcement, Legislation, Performance Evaluations, Illinois, Quotas


Comments (2)

Displaying 1 - 2 of 2

Ima Leprechaun @ 6/16/2014 7:15 PM

We never had an official ticket quota but the unofficial quota was one ticket per day per month so if you wrote 30 per month the brass stayed off your butt. It's different everywhere though. I tended to write ten per day the first three days of every month and I gave warnings the rest of the month. It's all a number game anyway, Police Departments live for statistics. Some agencies get a set amount of money per ticket and some get the entire amount for their general fund but that varies from state to state.

Henry "Bud" Johnson @ 6/18/2014 8:56 AM

Traffic violations and knowledge of the vehicle code is a great source to conduct traffic stops on suspicious activity and gang members. Such stops lead to some very good arrests for me, i.e. unreported stolen vehicles, recovering weapons and narcotics.
I do not think "scratching cites" is the example of productivity. However, it the Los Angeles area it is difficult not to find a traffic violation.

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

F.L.E.O.A. Honors Eight Fallen Heroes at OKC Remembrance Ceremony
On April 19th, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) hosted a 20-Year...
Six Baltimore Officers Injured Saturday as Freddie Gray Protests Turn Violent
Authorities said Sunday that 35 people had been arrested — 31 adults and four juveniles —...
Video: Man Meets California Officer Who Rescued Him as a Baby
The two first met 25 years ago when Barton was just four hours old, in what some would...
Ohio Officer's Car Hit by Gunfire on Freeway
A Columbus, Ohio, police officer’s car was hit by bullets on an east Columbus freeway...
Baltimore Police Say Gangs are Teaming Up to "Take Out" Officers
Police said in a statement they have received information that members of "various gangs"...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine