The investigations section of the Effingham Police Department consists of four investigators who conduct investigations on a variety of cases including burglaries, thefts, arson, battery, domestic violence, sexual assaults, missing persons, fraud, homicides, and robbery. They provide support to victims, apprehend offenders, recover stolen property, and seize illegal drugs and assets from illegal drug cases. They also conduct interviews, process crime scenes, serve search warrants, assist other agencies, and do general investigations.
The Patrol Section of the Effingham Police Department is comprised of four shifts which include one Sergeant, one Corporal, and two regular Patrolmen per shift. The responsibility of this section is general patrol to include traffic control, community policing, Business Watch program, accident investigations, and preliminary contact for service.
Corporal Andy Warner and K-9 Officer Narco represent the K-9 team of the Effingham Police Department. In addition to normal patrol duties, Corporal Warner and K-9 Officer Narco assist investigations with drug interdiction, missing person searches and criminal apprehension.
Corporal Andy Warner and K-9 Officer Narco attend numerous training sessions each year to maintain the proficiency of the team. Along with continuous training, Corporal Warner and K-9 Officer Narco conduct several demonstrations for community groups throughout the Effingham area.
The Records Section manages and processes all police records including traffic citations, criminal arrests, reports, and vehicle accidents. Copies of motor vehicle accidents reports are available upon request for $5.00 each. Other types of police reports may be requested by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Requested reports will be released according to the provisions outlined in the Act.
Requests for accident reports, police reports, FOIA requests, solicitor's license, bicycle registrations and temporary handicap parking placards may be made in person between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at 206 E. Section Avenue.
Effingham City Police Department Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) provides communication support to police, fire and EMS services for emergency and non-emergency situations. Eight full-time Telecommunicators, five part-time Telecommunicators and one Communications Manager operate the PSAP.
Exploring is a worksite-based program of Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America, for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years old. The Effingham Police Department Explorer Post focuses on law enforcement activities, with members having the opportunity to get a first-hand look at job duties of police officers in the City. Explorers also volunteer their time in patrolling community events and with traffic directions for races and runs.
For more information about the Explorer program, contact Officer Aaron Lange (217) 342-5320.