Welcome to Effingham County


Security Camera Program

The security camera registration program is a way for residents and businesses to let the Effingham Police Department know that they have exterior camera systems which could provide video evidence if a crime occurred in the area.  This program is 100% voluntary and only exterior camera systems that have the ability to record and store video are requested. 

Security Camera Program Survey

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 conducted for local Effingham Police Department records only, and is only 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 to Effingham Police Department 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 Records at 217-342-5326.

Crash Report Requests

To obtain a copy of your Crash Report online, click here:  Effingham Police Crash Reports or go to https://ecrash.lexisnexis.com and follow the step by step instructions.  For customer assistance, please call the LexisNexis support line at 866-215-2771.  For individuals without internet access, please call Effingham Police Department Records at 217-342-5315.

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 updated contact information to Telecommunications at 217-347-0771.

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 Police Chief 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.

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