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posted: 5/15/2014 5:01 AM

Ticket quota system needs to go

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On May 12 in Our View, three local police department chiefs (Buffalo Grove, Mundelein, Lake County sheriff) stated that they believe they should be allowed to have a quota system to make their officers under them issue a certain amount of tickets. They seem to avoid telling you that they want to keep a quota system in place. SB 3411 wants to eliminate this.

The legislation states: Amends the Counties Code and the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that a county or municipality may not require a law enforcement officer to issue a specific number of citations or warnings within a designated period of time.

This would eliminate a quota system that is now in place. It means that an officer would not have to issue a ticket to someone unless he or she really deserve it. It means officers do not have to worry that their boss will not get mad at them if they did not write a certain number of tickets. It means that they can let someone go if they really do not deserve a ticket. It means that a driver may not be pulled over just because the driver is out late at night.

I support passage of SB 3411 and a believe most of the residents in this area would support a no-quota system. Residents need to know that their local police chiefs want a quota system for issuing tickets.

John Billis


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