Bill proposed by police union dies in Illinois House
December 18, 2010
A bill in the Statehouse this year reopened a lingering debate in traffic enforcement: Are officers ordered to write a specific number of tickets?
A top Illinois police union says yes. The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council pushed a bill that would ban departments from issuing ticket quotas to officers.
The union’s executive director, David Wickster, said he has heard stories of officers disciplined for not writing enough tickets, especially in difficult economic times, and he wants Illinois to follow 17 other states that address quotas, including Indiana and Wisconsin.
Police chiefs, however, say quotas are rare — at least in the way the union claims. Many chiefs say they keep track of ticket numbers to catch and punish slackers who never make traffic stops, let alone write any tickets.
City, CTA bumping up funding for train, bus patrols
By Kristen Mack, Tribune reporter July 28, 2011
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool on Wednesday touted a $10 million investment to hire 50 full-time police officers to patrol the rail and bus system.
But a closer look reveals a less significant outlay.
The CTA says it is already paying out $9.2 million a year to 60 officers to handle security on their off days. Under the new plan, the transit agency simply will add another $800,000 to what it’s already spending.
500 Cops to Be Moved to High-Crime Areas from Specialized Units
90 day plan will be test period for McCarthy
Updated: Tuesday, 24 May 2011, 7:43 AM CDT Published : Tuesday, 24 May 2011, 7:43 AM CDT By Joanie Lum, FOX Chicago News
Chicago – There will be more Chicago police officers in high-crime neighborhoods this summer; The Fraternal Order of Police confirmed that about 500 officers will be temporarily reassigned for 90 days, an idea that first came up in March.
Starting Sunday, officers will be sent to eight police districts on the South and West Sides, including Grand Crossing, Gresham, Englewood, Harrison and Austin.
Most of the police officers will be taken out of specialized units: The Mobile Strike Force and Targeted Response Unit.
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