Tabares Backs Legislation to Support Chicago Police Officers

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State Rep. Silvana Tabares, D-Chicago, is sponsoring legislation that would do away with requiring Chicago police officers to meet quotas on the number of citations they can issue during a designated period of time.  “Police officers and other law enforcement personnel are actively involved in serving on the frontlines of our community every day,” Tabares said. “Working to ensure the safety and integrity of our neighborhoods should not require police officers to meet a specific quota on the number of citations they issue. This only perpetuates the enforcement of petty offenses and violations.” Currently, a municipality is prevented from requiring police officers to issue a specific number of citations within a designated period of time. However, this prohibition does not apply to the City of Chicago. The Tabares-backed Senate Bill 3509 would strike down that exemption, allowing law enforcement officials to focus on protecting and serving the community rather than on making sure they meet their monthly quota issued violations. “Instead of placing additional duties on our police officers, we should be focused on passing policies that support them so that they can serve effectively,” Tabares said. “I encourage all of my colleagues to help increase public safety in communities like the ones I represent by supporting this important piece of legislation.”

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