Government/Departments Police Department
Q: How do I get an Order of Protection?
A: The police department does NOT issue orders of protection. The orders are only issued through the courts and signed off on by a judge, which empowers the police to enforce the remedies of the order. A person just needs to go to the court house and ask where they can speak with a domestic violence advocate about getting an order of protection application.
Last modified: 3-10-2010 2:30 p.m.
Q: What can be done about a barking dog?
A: In this case you as the complainant can at any time sign a city ordinance complaint against the owner of the dog. This requires meeting with an officer when you call in the complaint, and signing the ticket as the complainant. When the ticket is scheduled to go to court you will be notified by the court to come and testify if needed. In the event that you prefer not to sign the complaint, officers will attempt to contact the owner of the dog to advise them of the complaint and ask that they rectify the problem.
Q: How do I file charges against somebody?
A: Filing of charges against a person is the responsibility of the State's Attorney. Officers will respond to your issue and if warranted they will write a report and forward it to the State's Attorney for review for possible charges. If probable cause for an arrest exists from the investigation of the scene, the officer can arrest a suspect, take them to jail, and write the report. Again, the ultimate responsibility for filing official charges rests with the State's Attorney's Office.
Q: How do I file a complaint against an officer?
A: Officer conduct complaints are a very important issue; therefore complaints will not be taken over the phone by the officer's supervisor. A person wanting to file a complaint against an officer must come to the East Peoria Police Department and fill out a sworn complaint form with factual information pertaining to the specific incident. That form is then forwarded through the officer's supervisor up the chain of command for further investigation.
Q: What should I do if I suspect my identity of being stolen?
A: Your first step is to take away the thief's ability to do further damage by freezing the account they are using, or cancelling any card they have gotten in your name. You then need to notify police for a report and have all the information ready for them that lead you to believe your identity was stolen. Once you file your report with the police department you need to contact ONE of the three credit bureaus and place a fraud alert on your account. The standard alert is for 90 days and will flag any attempts to open new accounts with your information.
Q: Do you do fingerprinting?
A: The East Peoria Police Department does fingerprinting for limited things such as liquor license applications, security clearances for military units, and background investigations on new hires for both police and fire.
Q: Where do I get a solicitor permit to go door to door in the city?
A: This is a two-step process that begins with going to City Hall to apply for the permit. There are fees associated with the issuance of a permit that both the company and each employee must pay. The second step that must be completed before being allowed to go door to door is that the applicants must go to the police department where they are issued digital photo IDs that prove they have provided the information necessary to solicit in the city. This ID in no way constitutes endorsement of the company, the employees, or the products they are soliciting by the City of East Peoria.
Q: How do I file a Freedom of Information Request?
A: Click here and you will be taken to a link for the Freedom of Information Act which includes the forms for requesting information from the police department.
Q: Where can I get a copy of the city ordinances?
A: You view the City of East Peoria's ordinances by clicking here.
Q: How do I protect myself against or prevent ID theft?
A: Protecting yourself against ID theft is a necessity in this computer age. Do not give out your social security number unless absolutely required for services. Don?t have your social security number or driver?s license on your checks. Never give account numbers to anybody over the phone. Shred all credit card offers that you are not actually applying for. Drop outgoing mail in a secure mailbox provided around town by the post office. Reconcile your bank and credit card statements every month to look for signs of id theft. Do not conduct online banking over wireless networks. Get your annual free credit report every year and confirm that the accounts they show are the accounts you have at this link.
Q: Does the East Peoria Police Department solicit over the phone or door to door?
A: The East Peoria Police Department does not go door to door or solicit over the phone. If somebody calls requesting funds from you, claiming to be the police department do not give them any information or agree to any funding. Please notify us if you are contacted so that we can attempt to end the scam quickly.