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.
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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.
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.
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.
Officer conduct complaints are a very important issue. A person wanting to file a complaint against an officer can call and speak to the officer's supervisor. A person can also 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.
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.
An application will need completed in person, at the Police Department, to obtain a Solicitor's Permit. The front window of the Police Department is open Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00 p.m. Make sure to bring your identification, such as a drivers license, with you.
The Freedom of Information Act website includes the forms for requesting information from the police department.
View the City of East Peoria's Code of Ordinances.
Protecting yourself against ID theft is a necessity in this computer age.
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.