The men and women of the Lincoln Police Department are committed to protecting life, property, and the constitutional guarantee of all citizens. We recognize our responsibility to be fair, just, and to equally protect and serve without regard to race, religion, gender, or culture. With community partnership as our foundation we will strive to enhance the quality of life and create a stronger contract between the police and the community we serve. We will honor the trust placed onto us by holding ourselves to the highest standards of professional and personal conduct and challenge the community with shared responsibility for peace, good order, and law observance.
The State of Illinois has declared September 13th to 19th as Illinois Rail Safety Week in order to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains. In Illinois during 2014, there were 134 crossing collisions involving motor vehicles, which resulted in 55 injuries and 24 fatalities. In addition, there were 48 trespasser incidents that resulted in 19 injuries and 29 fatalities when people trespassed on to railroad property. Lincoln itself had two trespasser fatalities since 2010. During 2014, Illinois ranked 2nd in the nation in vehicle collision fatalities and 3rd in the nation in trespasser fatalities.
To promote rail safety awareness and education, the Lincoln Police Department is participating in Illinois Rail Safety Week. Enforcement details are planned throughout the week at various railroad grade crossings and commuter stations within Lincoln to cite both drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property.
Please remember, not only is it against the law to stop your vehicle on railroad tracks, it is also against the law to stop your vehicle anywhere within the highway-rail grade crossing. Highway-rail grade crossings are typically marked by white stop lines located on the pavement in advance of the crossing, and if not marked by white stop lines, the highway-rail grade crossing extends from protective gate arm to protective gate arm.
According to Illinois Operation Lifesaver, more than 67 percent of all collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices (flashing lights, gates, and ringing bells). For more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.
Authority: Chief Paul Adams
Chief of Police Paul Adams, with the advice and consent of the Lincoln City Council, appointed Detective/Sergeant Matthew Vlahovich as the new Deputy Chief of Police. Deputy Chief Vlahovich started his law enforcement career with the Logan County Sheriff's Office. He started with the Lincoln Police Department in 2005 and worked his way up through the ranks to Sergeant. Vlahovich served as the President of the local Fraternal Order of Police union and was President of the Lincoln Police Pension Board.
Vlahovich is a local native attending Carroll Catholic School and Lincoln Community High School. He also graduated with an associates degree from Lincoln College.
Deputy Chief Vlahovich will assist the Chief of Police in driving forward the professionalism of the Lincoln Police Department while also helping engage officers the community with new and progressive programs and initiatives.
Weather is warming up and children on bikes will be out and about. Parents need to go over the rules of the road with their children as bicyclist must obey all the laws that motorist must obey.
Some key points:
-Ride to the right of the roadway
-Stop at the stops signs and check intersections before proceeding
-Don't ride at night without proper lighting and clothing
-Helmets are cool because they save lives
-Motorist should treat bicyclist with all the respect as other motorist
Violations of the law can lead to crashes resulting in serious harm or even death. The Lincoln Police would much rather issue citations to gain compliance than to lose a life.
The City of Lincoln on July 20, 2015, authorized the Lincoln Police Department to provide services to businesses or organizations that would like to have a uniformed police officer present for an event or to provide security.
Effective September 1, 2015, the current rate is $47.00 per hour. There is a two hour minimum per officer requested. If you have a request for more than five officers, then the event must have a supervisor present.
If you would like these police services, please complete the Agreement for Special Police Services below. This form must be submitted to and signed at the Lincoln Police Department at 911 Pekin St, Lincoln, IL, 62656. Please attach a list for the agreement outlining the dates and times and how many officers are requested during the times. Please also dictate in the list what the officers will be requested to do and any special instructions. It is also necessary to estimate the number of people in attendance. If the Chief or Deputy Chief of Police feel that the number requested would not safely satisfy the amount of people attending the event then the request may not be approved for the safety of the officers.
All requests must be approved by the Chief of Police.
To request information from the Lincoln Police Department please fill out and sign the Freedom of Information Act form below and send to the Lincoln Police Department at 911 Pekin St, Lincoln, IL, 62656, or fax to 217-732-4589.
Some records are, however, not subject to release via the FOIA process. These types of records are described under 5 ILCS 140, Sections 2.15, 7, and 7.5. Some records may also be subject to provisions imposed by other state statutes. The FOIA process for disclosure of information does not supersede other applicable statutory and judicial mandates.
Please note that the Lincoln Police Department will redact private information from reports at per Illinois State Statue:
"Private information" means unique identifiers, including a person's social security number, driver's license number, employee identification number, biometric identifiers, personal financial information, passwords or other access codes, medical records, home or personal telephone numbers, and personal email addresses. Private information also includes home address and personal license plates, except as otherwise provided by law or when compiled without possibility of attribution to any person.
Crash Reports: The Lincoln Police Department does not store accident/crash information. We use a commercial program, Appriss, that we submit the information to and they in turn handle requests for crash reports and submit the information to the State of Illinois. If you need an accident/crash report please direct your request to Buycrash.com. Please note there is a charge for full reports, however the "Driver's Information Exchange" is free to those involved in the accident. Please click the button at the upper right: "Full Report" to change to the "Driver's Information Exchange Report Search".
The Lincoln Police Department now utilizes Appriss for collecting traffic crash information and submitting to the State of Illinois. Appriss provides BuyCrash.com for those involved with the crash to receive copies of reports.
The Lincoln Police Department reponds to all Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. In doing so we retain the right under Illinois State Law to maintain the privacy of individuals.
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