Residents have a new tool with more options available to them to help police combat drug and other crimes, the St. Charles Police Department announced in a release on Wednesday.
According to the release, residents now can report suspicious activity or crime on the city of St. Charles’ website at http://www.stcharlesil.gov/report-crimedrug-tip, where there is a form you can use to submit a summary of the criminal activity directly to the St. Charles Police Department. At the same time, you also can submit images of any illegal activity.
Residents still can make telephone calls to the Drug & Crime Tip line at 866-DRUG-COP.
The new website form does not replace 911 — the release stresses that residents always should call 911 to report an emergency.
The St. Charles Police Department release states that the new online submission form can be used to submit drug or crime information or evidence of suspicious behavior. Residents using the online form are encouraged to give as much information as possible. Like the Drug & Crime Tip telephone line, all information will be kept strictly confidential, the department states.
If a photograph of the illegal activity was taken, the image or images can be uploaded online at the same time.
To find the form, go to the city’s website at http://www.stcharlesil.gov/. Find “City Departments,”, then “Police,” then “Criminal Investigations” and finally to “Report a Crime/Drug Tip.” The direct link to the form is http://www.stcharlesil.gov/report-crimedrug-tip.
The release states that the new online tip form is voluntary and anonymous — you do not have to provide your name if you choose to submit the form anonymously.
Anyone wishing to speak directly with a St. Charles police officer can call 630-377-4435.
The St. Charles Police Department Drug & Crime Tip line – 866-DRUG-COP (866-378-4267) is still available. It allows callers to share information by leaving a voice-mail message. Just as with the new online tip form, police say that to ensure the usefulness of the tip, callers should share as much information as possible in the message they leave. The information then is reviewed by investigators and shared with the appropriate agency, the release states. Information concerning criminal activity is handled by the St. Charles Police Department or the appropriate agency where the crime occurred.