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Local Criminal Background Checks

Upon request, the Effingham Police Department will provide a local Criminal Background check for individuals needing this service for employment, licensing, or other applications.  This check is done on local Effingham Police Department records only, and is performed for persons who present valid identification in person.  Under no circumstances will a check be conducted for a second or third party.  The fee for this service is $16.00, payable by check, money order or cash.   This is not a full background check which is normally required for certain employment, FOID or Concealed Carry applications, or other purposes, and does not provide for fingerprinting.   For more details, please contact the Records Division at 217-342-5326.


Crash Report Requests

The Effingham Police Department will provide a copy of an accident report upon request to individuals or insurance companies wishing to have a copy of the official Crash Report.  The fee for this service is $5.00 per copy, payable by check, money order or cash, and must be prepaid.  Requests may be made in person or through the mail. 

Business Emergency Contact

In the event of an emergency, the Effingham Police Department needs to have the ability to contact business owners or keyholders.  Business owners are encouraged to provide contact information to the Office of Community Policing at 217-342-5318. 

Request Off-Duty Police Services

To meet the needs of our community, the Effingham Police Department offers outside employment of off-duty officers.  Any private organization, entity or individual seeking special services for security or traffic control from members of the Effingham Police Department must submit a written request to the Chief of Police in advance of the desired services. The applicant will be required to enter into an indemnification agreement prior to approval. The Effingham Police Department will not be responsible for compensation/benefits for any outside employment by an Effingham Police Officer.