Emergencies: Dial 911 / Non Emergency: (217)431-2250
Submit FOIA Requests for the Danville Police Division to Bill Westphal at firstname.lastname@example.org - Ph: (217) 431.2281 / Fax: (217) 431.2868
The City of Danville Police Division is located at the Public Safety Building, 2 East South Street, Danville IL. 61832
The Patrol Section is responsible for being the first responder to all incidents involving adult or juvenile offenses or where the public has called for a police officer. This section is also responsible for enforcing the laws of the motor vehicle code and ordinances of the City of Danville. As the largest section of the Division, officers are a key element in developing information used by special units working proactively to solve crimes.
Command First Shift (7 am - 3pm) (217) 431-2225
Command Second Shift (3 pm - 11pm) (217) 431-2220
Command Third Shift (11 pm - 7 am) (217) 431-2224
Criminal Investigation Section
The Criminal Investigation Section (CIS) is responsible for the follow-up and all investigation of all offenses involving both adult and juvenile offenders. This includes the identification and location of criminal offenders, witnesses, collection and preservation of physical evidence as well as the recovery of stolen property. All police reports filed with the division are reviewed by a CIS supervisor and for those requiring further police action or follow up are assigned to a Detective assigned to the unit. Additionally the section is responsible for final case presentation to the Vermilion County State's Attorney or City Attorney for formal charges and prosecution.
The Juvenile Section is part of the Criminal Investigation Section and is responsible for the processing and referral of all cases involving juveniles. With respect to juvenile offenders, the section is committed to the counseling of juvenile offenders, conducting station adjustments, providing referrals to juvenile service agencies, implementing programs intended to decrease criminal activity as well as preparation and presentation of cases for juvenile court when appropriate.
Juvenile Detectives are handle all cases of child abuse, neglect, assault or any other crimes committed against juveniles.
School Resource Officer
The School Resource Officer position was created in August of 2003 in conjunction with Danville School District #118. The School Resource Officer is assigned to the Juvenile Section and has become an important part of the school staff. The position not only was established to provide a safe environment in which students can learn, it has also been instrumental in fostering a positive relationship between students and law enforcement officials. A School Resource Officer is assigned to Danville High School, Kenneth E. Bailey Academy, Northridge and Southview Middle Schools.
Friendly Town was established in 1970 as a comprehensive educational facility to teach youth safety. The facility consists of a large classroom with numerous out buildings, working traffic lights, streets, and a railroad crossing, representing a real working town on a smaller scale. Friendly Town is in operation during the summer months of June, July and August when school is not in session. The program consists of 4 days of instruction, 2 hours each day, with practical applications after each lesson of instruction being demonstrated by each student. The areas of instruction are Personal Safety, Bicycle Safety, Pedestrian Safety, and Fire Safety. Upon completion, each student receives a certificate. The program is open to any child who has completed Kindergarten and not yet started fourth grade. During the summer months, School Resource Officers are assigned to conduct the classes at Friendly Town.
Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP Unit)
The Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit is assigned to the Criminal Investigation Section. The proactive enforcement unit consists of three officers and a supervisor whose responsibilities are to strictly work enforcement details in problem areas. Their duty hours fluctuate to coincide with the problems they will be addressing. Their target areas will focus on crimes such as drug houses, prostitution, thefts, burglaries, juvenile problems, gang problems, noise violations, liquor violations, or any other crime, which may be specific to a certain area or to the community as a whole.
Technical Services / Evidence
Evidence and Technical Services Manager (217) 431-2866
Secretary (217) 431-2241
Canine (K-9) Unit
The Division has three canine teams. The officers, who have received extensive training with their K-9 partners, conduct a variety of duties including vehicle searches, building searches and the tracking of suspects or list individuals.
Crime Scene Investigation Unit
The Division's Crime Scene Investigation Unit is responsible for the collection of evidence at crime scenes. The officers of the Crime Scene Investigation Unit will photograph and sketch the scene and then must locate, identify, and process physical evidence. These officers conduct their duties in addition to their regular assignment as a patrol officer or detective.
Crime Stoppers Email
Crime Stoppers is part of a national program where members of the local community, in partnership with the media and law enforcement, provide crime-solving assistance to law enforcement. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to anonymous persons who telephone the Crime Stoppers hot line (217) 446-TIPS(8477) with information which leads to the arrest of a person responsible for the commission of a crime.
Emergency Response Unit
The officers of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) receive extensive training in deployment of chemical and non lethal munitions, hand and shoulder mounted weapons, and hand-to-hand tactics. Members train throughout the year. This unit is utilized in instances involving barricaded subjects, hostage situations, high risk warrant service, civil disorder, active shooting incidents, natural disasters, and drug search warrant execution.
The officers of the Emergency Response Unit serve in addition to their regular assignment of Patrol Officers or Detectives.
Field Training Unit
An important portion of new officer training is the field training program that each new recruit officer must complete. This program involves daily instruction and evaluation of a recruit officer by a Field Training Officer. Field Training Officers complete a 40 hour course of instruction in how to mentor and evaluate recruit officers.
Auxiliary Police Unit
The Auxiliary Police Unit is a group of volunteer citizens who assist the Police Division with special events, traffic control and disasters. They wear distinctive uniforms and are available to assist not-for-profit groups with security details. The Unit continually looks for new volunteers who are willing to go through an extensive training program to include mandatory firearm qualification. The Unit is coordinated by the Police Division Training Manager
Citizen's Police Academy
The Citizen's Police Academy is a free program that allows community members to learn more about the operation of their Police Department. The academy is conducted each fall and meets once a week for eight weeks. Topics covered include patrol operations, criminal investigations, crime scene, canine, and other law enforcement topics. The academy includes a tour of the Vermilion County Jail and a ride along with an on duty police officer. For more information on when the next academy will be held, please call (217) 431-2233.
We are located at 2 E. South street, Danville, Illinois. 1 Block east of the Danville Civic Center, just south of Town Center.
Filing a Report
Reports can be filed in several ways, depending upon type of report. On any report a complainant can come to the Police Department and file it at the inquiry desk. A complainant can also call the police department and request that an officer come to their location (providing it is in the city limits) to file the report. In cases where there is a scene and evidence, such as a residential burglary or traffic accident, it is best to call the police to respond as soon as possible. Accident reports where there is damage over $500 should always be taken at the scene with the vehicles present. On minor accidents where there is no injury nor controversy as to how the accident occurred, or accidents on private property, the drivers can complete the report themselves by coming to the Police Department and obtaining the proper forms, If there are any questions relating to filing the report, the complainant can always contact the Danville Police Department at the non emergency number for assistance. (217) 431-2250.
Missing persons reports are filed as any other report. It is preferred that the complainant come to the department to file the report at the inquiry window but the complainant may have an officer respond to their residence to complete the report. A photo of the missing person is also requested to be filed with the report.
Order of Protection
Orders of Protection relate to domestic violence whereas an individual is victimized by a family member or other individual living in the same household or where a relationship has been established. The abuse can be either physical, mental, or simply harassment. The Orders are issued by the court upon a petition filed by the victim. Prior to filing a petition a police report should be made by the victim detailing the crime or abuse. The victim can either file the petition at the Vermilion County Circuit Clerk's office in person or through an attorney. If the victim does not wish to use an attorney or needs help in filing it, he or she can contact the women's shelter at the YWCA and request assistance. They will provide an advocate to assisting in obtaining the order.
Obtaining a copy of a Police Report
Copies of Police reports may be picked up in person from the Public Safety Building, 2 East South Street, from 7:00am to 11:00pm, 7 days a week. Fees are $1.00 for an incident report and $5.00 for an accident report. We accept cash or personal check - exact amount required. Call (217) 431-2250 if you have any questions.
Child Restraint Law CURRENT ILLINOIS LAW:
Illinois' new "Booster Law" went into effect January 1st, 2004. In most cases, it is now illegal to transport an unrestrained child in Illinois. The Child Passenger Protection Act requires that all children up to their 8th birthday must be secured in an appropriate child restraint system (a carseat or booster that meets NHTSA safety standards). Safety belts are designed for adults and quite often do not fit young children appropriately. A booster seat can reduce severs injuries and fatalities in children typically between the ages of 4 and 8 by boosting the child up off the vehicle seat and allowing the vehicle's safety belt to fit properly. A booster seat allows the shoulder harness to rest across the hard surfaces of the body and keeps the shoulder harness from riding up on the child's neck and throat. This appropriate fit allows the lap belt to be positioned low on the child's hips and not across his/her stomach. A lap and shoulder belt that des not fit appropriately can cause additional injury and/or fatality to a child in a crash. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children of every age from 2 to 14 years, a fact that can be linked, at least in part, to the reality that most children are unbuckled or improperly restrained in vehicles. Fines for violating the new law are $50 for a first time violation and $100 for subsequent violations. Children between 8 and 16 years old must be seated in a seatbelt, according to the previous law that went into effect January 1, 2002. Remember, these are primary moving violations, you can be stopped and ticketed if a child is observed to be improperly restrained in your vehicle.
For more information visit the Seatcheck website!
Visiting Hours for Inmates
Inmates are allowed 1 visit per week. Visits are limited to 20 minutes and up to four people may visit at one time. Clergy are welcome anytime with Vermilion County Sheriff's Department ID. To obtain a Clergy ID or for any questions, please call 217-442-4080 Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Visiting hours for inmates detained at the Vermilion County Jail are as follows:
Bicycle licenses may be obtained at no charge from the Danville Police Department, 2 E. South Street. Please bring color, serial number, and name brand. Registered bicycles are much more likely to be returned in the event of a theft. Please protect your investment by registering your bicycle.
How do I report an accident?
When you call the Police to report an accident, you will be asked several questions. These questions help the Dispatcher and/or Call Taker send the necessary Emergency Response Units to assist. An example of the questions which may be asked when reporting an accident are as follows:
There are several types of accidents. Accidents with injuries of course are considered a priority for Emergency Response. Accidents with no injuries are also important; It is important to not become an additional hazard at the scene. Make certain you careful of the passing traffic around you at an accident scene. Hit and Run Accidents require an Officer to investigate the incident and attempt to located the unknown driver and vehicle. Without important detailed information, it is difficult for the Officer to apprehend the driver. When reporting a Hit and Run Accident, any information regarding paint transfers is very helpful. The Police want to assist in solving the accident, so as much information as possible is always helpful. Often the Hit and Run Accident is discovered many days or weeks after the accident has occurred. If you are coming into the Department to report this you need to have the vehicle with you. Generally when an accident occurs on private property and there are no injuries or circumstances which would require police presence and the parties involved are willing to exchange information; the Police do not need to respond to investigate the accident. If there are circumstances which would require police presence, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 and the police will respond. You should exchange your name, address and insurance information with the other party. You will then need to go into the Danville Police Department, 2 E. South Street, to file an individual accident report. Depending on the amount of the damage, you may also have to file a State Police Accident Report. You have 10 (ten) days to return your accident to the Police Department. You will want to keep a copy of the accident for your insurance company before you turn the accident report into the Police. Drivers should exchange the following information:
The State of Illinois has several laws pertaining to tinted windows and glazing. The law is as follows: For Reference: The law is located in the ILCS 5/12 Section 503 Windshields and safety glazing material in motor vehicles Guidelines are: Front Windshield -Can be tinted 6 inches from the top. 4Dr vehicle: Rear side windows may be tinted. Front Driver and Passenger Door- NO tinting allowed. If the Rear windows are all tinted in a van, the van must be equipped with dual mirrors. Vehicles 1982 or older are not covered by this law.
Curfew Laws Danville City Code of Ordinances.
It is unlawful for a person less than 16 years of age to be present at or upon any public assembly, building, place, street or highway:
(1) Between 11:00 p.m. Friday and 6:00 a.m. Saturday;
(2) Between 11:00 p.m. Saturday and 6:00 a.m. Sunday; and
(3) Between 10:00 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, inclusive, and 6:00 a.m. on the following day.
It is unlawful for a person who is 16 or 17 years of age to be present at or upon any public assembly, building, place, street or highway between 12:01 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Saturday, between 12:01 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Sunday, and, between 11:00 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, inclusive, and 6:00 a.m. on the following day.
It is unlawful for a person between the ages of 7 and 15, inclusive, other than a person who has been suspended or expelled from school, to be at any place within the city except in attendance at school during normal school hours on a school day during the regular school term.
It is unlawful for a person below the age of 7 or over the age of 15 and who is enrolled in any of grades one through twelve in any public, private or parochial school, other than a person who has been suspended or expelled from school, to be at any place within the city except in attendance at school during normal school hours on a school day during the regular school term.
EXCEPTIONS: When accompanied and supervised by a parent, legal guardian or other responsible companion at least 18 years of age approved by a parent or legal guardian or unless engaged in business or occupation which the law of this State authorized a person less that 17 years of age to perform.
Road Conditions You may call the Illinois State Police Department for up to the minute Road conditions at 1-800-452-4368 or by clicking here.
What time must the bars close? For all liquor licenses except class AA - No liquor may be sold in the City of Danville: Monday through Friday between the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., on Saturday between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., on Sunday between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. and between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Monday.
For class AA (such as motels), No liquor may be sold in the City of Danville Monday - Saturday between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. and on Sunday between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Domestic Violence See - Reporting a crime
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault: A person commits a sexual assault when they intentionally or knowingly commit sexual acts to another person and it is committed against that person's will.
If you are a victim of sexual assault, you should...
A person commits robbery when he or she takes property, except a motor vehicle covered by Section 18-3 or 18-4, from the person or presence of another by the use of force or by threatening the imminent use of force.
During an actual robbery, the victim should attempt to remember the following precautions:
There are various forms of fraud. When you look into the definitions of fraud, (720 ILCS 5/17-6 through 5/17B-15 you will see various forms of fraud ranging from Promotion of Pyramid sales schemes (720 ILCS 5/17-7) to Public aid wire fraud (720 ILCS 5/17-9). Fraud commonly occurs on the telephone. You should always be cautious when a telephone solicitor requests your money and or your credit card number. Fraud often occurs in home improvement schemes. It is advisable to know your contractor and verify his credentials with the local chamber of commerce or City Clerk who usually will have a list of licensed businesses. If you are a victim of fraud, you need to report this to the police. Gather all the information together to assist the officer in their investigation. Any information about the suspect or suspect's vehicles will also be helpful.
What is Forgery?
A person commits forgery when, with intent to defraud, he knowingly:
Makes or alters any document apparently capable of defrauding another in such manner that it purports to have been made by another or at another time, or with different provisions, or by authority of one who did not give such authority; or
Issues or delivers such document knowing it to have been thus made or altered; or possesses, with intent to issue or deliver, any such document knowing it to have been thus made or altered. An intent to defraud means an intention to cause another to assume create, transfer, alter or terminate any right, obligation or power with reference to any person or property.
A document apparently capable of defrauding another includes, but is not limited to, one by which any right, obligation or power with reference to any person or property may be created, transferred, altered or terminated.
Sentence. Forgery is a Class 3 felony. 720 ILCS 5/17-3
To Report A Forgery
Either bring the item into the Danville Police Department or call the non-emergency number 217-431-2250 to report this to the police. If a forged document is a check and there are a series of checks which have been stolen, you need to notify your bank as soon as you have discovered the forgery. Bring the original forged item into the police as this will be needed for an incident investigation to begin.
Criminal Background Check
Criminal Background checks may be obtained from 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week. A picture ID is required.
When a person commits a criminal offense a person is considered a juvenile in Illinois until the person turns 17 years of age. Juveniles arrested face the same book-in process as an adult. How a juvenile is processed depends on the crime a juvenile is charged. There are some crimes where a juvenile can be charged as an adult. If it is determined the juvenile if a danger to the community or a flight risk they juvenile may be detained. Many times a juvenile is charged with an offense and then released to the custody of his or her parents or guardian pending the filing of a Juvenile Petition in Court. Even though 17 is the age when a juvenile is prosecuted as an adult, his parents are still responsible for him until he/she turns 18. There are certain serious offenses where a juvenile 15-16 are automatically prosecuted as a adult.
Telephone Harassment See "Reporting a Crime"
Bond amounts may be obtained by calling the Circuit Clerk's Office at 217-431-2542 or the Vermilion County Sheriff's Department at 217-442-4080. Bonds may be posted at the Vermilion County Court House, Circuit Clerk's office at 7 N. Vermilion, Danville IL. Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. After hours and weekend bonds may be posted at the Danville Police Department, 2 E. South Street, Danville, IL. Cash or Major Credit Cards Only.