A message from Jeff Fuesting, Chief of Police
On behalf of the men and women of the Effingham Police Department, I want to welcome you to the Effingham Police Department website. The members of our department are committed to providing the highest level of professional police services to the Citizens of Effingham and our visitors.
I hope you take the time to learn about your police department and the men and women who serve with passion and dedication everyday.
I'm honored to represent the department as we strive to ensure the safety of all who live, work, visit, and play in our community. We also recognize that maintaining our safe community is done through a partnership with the members of the community. Community engagement is a priority and I encourage citizens to report suspicious activity. Your eyes and ears, along with feedback will increase the delivery of services by our team members. Remember our motto of #SeeitSayit!
In closing, I encourage you to visit our social media resources often to obtain updated information that may be of vital interest to you and our community.
Chief of Police
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COUNTERFEIT BILL ALERT
Effingham Police Department has seen an increase in the reports of counterfeit bills in and around the Effingham area.
Multiple businesses and even individuals in the Effingham area have been affected, with almost a dozen instances being reported in the month of September alone.
The bulk of the cases involve $100 bills, which have the appearance of real currency, but lack certain security features. However, there have been multiple reports of fraudulent lower denomination bills as well. In addition, many of the bills are printed with lettering which resembles legitimate currency at first glance, but states: “For Motion Picture Purposes…. It is Not Legal Tender.” Many of the bills currently being passed illegally also include foreign writing such as Chinese, which is stamped in pink or red ink. This type of fake currency can be purchased at online retailers, and is not intended as authentic currency.
While the use of counterfeit cash is not new (the Department of Treasury estimates over $70 million worth of fake bills are in current circulation, which is about one in every 10,000), small and large businesses should still be on the lookout for imitations. All currency which is suspected to be counterfeit is seized by Effingham Police Department and sent to the United States Secret Service for continued investigation. There have been multiple arrests this year in the Midwest and East Coast as Federal investigations have led to some of the sources of this corrupt currency.
Chief Jeffrey Fuesting wants businesses and citizens to be aware that this currency is being used in and around Effingham. He warns business owners to train their employees to spot forgeries. “Criminals are utilizing the latest and most advanced technology to create forgeries with the intent to defraud our local businesses. Educating employees on how to determine if currency is genuine, legal tender is the number one key to prevent becoming a victim to this crime. “
If you suspect a counterfeit note or have information about counterfeiting activity, please report it immediately to Effingham Police Department. For your personal safety, please follow these tips from the United States Department of Treasury:
1. Do not put yourself in danger.
2. Do not return the bill to the passer.
3. Delay the passer with some excuse, if possible.
4. Observe the passer's description - and their companions' descriptions - and write down their vehicle license plate numbers if you can.
5. Contact your local Law Enforcement Agency.
6. Write your initials and date in the white border area of the suspected counterfeit note.
7. DO NOT handle the counterfeit note. Place it inside a protective cover, a plastic bag, or envelope to protect it until it is given to a Police Officer.
8. Surrender the note or coin ONLY to a properly identified Police Officer.
For more information on counterfeiting and how to prevent it, visit
https://USCurrency.gov online or contact Effingham Police Department Office of Community Policing at 217-342-5318.
If you see it, say it! The Effingham Police Department encourages you to call the police department immediately at 217-347-0774 to report suspicious activity in your neighborhood or business district. Information can be given anonymously by calling the CRIMESTOPPERS Tip Line at 217-347-6583. Anonymous callers can receive up to $1,000 cash rewards. Oct 12 No information for likes
Scam Calls on the Rise
During Fall, as the holiday season approaches, scams, particularly scam phone calls, begin to increase. In the past few weeks, Effingham Police Department has handled multiple calls for service from victims who have fallen prey to these schemes.
The recent scam that is making the rounds again is not a new ploy; in fact, it has been used by con artists for years to defraud thousands of dollars from unsuspecting citizens. The target group is the elderly. Scammers call early in the morning or late at night, hoping their victim is sleeping and disorientated, and informs them their grandson (or granddaughter) has been arrested and needs bond money immediately in order to be released. They have done their homework; they usually know the grandchild’s name, and create a story line that is quite realistic. They even allow the “grandchild” to speak briefly on the phone to prove the urgency of the matter. Being confused due to the hour of day and nature of the call, many victims state that it sounded just like their grandchild, and are more than willing to wire money, purchase gift cards, or even give credit or debit card information over the phone to the scam artist.
Chief Fuesting wants citizens to know that no matter the variation in the theme of the phone call, that these are all scams, and to never give bank or credit card information to the caller, purchase gift cards or wire money to the caller. “Never give personal information over the phone to callers, including address, social security numbers, bank account numbers or other private information. If you receive a call similar to this, hang up. Contact your grandchild directly (or call their parents) to verify they are alright. The more you are aware of how these scams work, the less likely you are to become their next victim.” Chief Fuesting wants to make all citizens aware that Effingham Police Officers do not make these calls. “Members of our department will never call demanding bond money, or make threats to arrest anyone if an immediate payment is not made.”
For more information on protecting yourself and your family from fraud such as this, visit
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts or contact the Office of Community Policing at 217-342-5318.
If you see it, say it! The Effingham Police Department encourages you to call the police department immediately at 217-347-0774 to report suspicious activity in your neighborhood or business district. Information can be given anonymously by calling the CRIMESTOPPERS Tip Line at 217-347-6583. Anonymous callers can receive up to $1,000 cash rewards. Oct 03 No information for likes
A Citizen Citation Award was presented to EHS student Issaac at the city council meeting on October 2. Issaac stopped a domestic violence situation and injury to the victim. All while walking to school. Great job Issaac!