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State could write off quotas

ILLINOIS -- Ticket quotas could soon be a thing of the past.
ILLINOIS -- Ticket quotas could soon be a thing of the past. As, WCIA-3's Kelsey Gibbs explains, departments may have to find another way to evaluate officer performance.

Thursday, the Senate passed a proposal preventing ticket quotas at county or city police departments. The bill would also prohibit the use of quotas by departments to evaluate an officer's performance based on the number of citations issues.

The Sangamon County Sheriff's Department doesn't use quotas to evaluate performance, but Sheriff Neil Williamson says many departments rely on it.

"This actually was something, just in the last few months, we were talking about implementing here at the sheriff's office, because, quite honestly, it's one of the few ways that we have to measure productivity of some of the officers."

Sheriff Williamson says he evaluates his deputies using a computerized chart to calculate the total time an officer was on calls, like patrol and domestic disputes. Williamson also says departments can evaluate officer performances based on the number of complaints and arrests. The bill now heads to the House.
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