How do I obtain a copy of a police report?
Police reports generally take three to five business days to complete and submit into the computer system. This time frame may be extended if extensive investigations are necessary. You may obtain a copy of a report by responding to the office at 125 S Jefferson during business hours of 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. You may also submit a request via email or fax a request to (417)736-3821. Requests must contain the following: name, date of incident, incident type (i.e. accident, arrest, domestic assault), and case number. Police reports have a cost of .10 per page.
How do I request my property be returned?
If your property was seized due to an active investigation, it may not be able to be returned until the case has been completed, including all courtroom proceedings. The judge will then have to issue a release for the item to be returned.
If your property was found by an officer or a citizen, your property will be held, secured in evidence for safe keeping until you retrieve it. For this reason, you must respond to the Strafford Police Department between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. You will need to make contact with either Chief D. Shook or Sergeant J. Munhollon, as they are the only persons with access to evidence. Please contact us by phone, prior to arrival, to ensure your property is available.
How do I report found property?
If you have located property, please contact Strafford Police Department to have an officer retrieve it and file a report or bring the property to the police department. The officer will attempt to locate the owner. Please take note of the exact location the property was located so the officer may complete a proper report.
My vehicle was towed; how do I get it returned?
The Strafford Police Department does not have possession of your vehicle if it was towed by our department. Contact the police department by telephone to determine the towing company which provided the tow service. The officer can give you contact information regarding the towing company.
You will need to be listed as the registered owner of the vehicle to take possession from the towing company. You will also be required to pay a fee for the services provided. The fee is determined by each individual towing company and the amount is unknown to officers.
If your vehicle is involved in an ongoing investigation, the Strafford Police Department may place a hold on the vehicle until the end of the investigation. Contact the officer involved to determine the length of time the vehicle will be held, as this varies on a case by case basis.
How do I handle a vehicle parked on my private property?
If an unknown vehicle is parked on your property, you have several options. You as a property owner, have the right to remove a vehicle from your property. A police officer can respond to determine if the vehicle is stolen. If it is not stolen, you may contact a towing company to remove the vehicle. It is the towing company's decision if they charge you for the fee, or forward the fee to the registered owner of the vehicle when they attempt to retrieve it. Law enforcement has no involvement in the fees of the towing company.
If you do not wish to contact the towing company, you may have an officer respond to the location. They will verify the vehicle is not stolen and place a 48 hour sticker on the vehicle. This allows the owner to remove the vehicle within 48 hours to prevent it being towed. At the completion of the time frame, the officer will contact a towing company and have the vehicle removed. Officers cannot have the vehicle removed prior to the 48 hours unless it is blocking the roadway. If you want the vehicle removed prior to the waiting period, you will need to personally contact the towing company.
How do I find out if someone was arrested by Strafford PD?
The Strafford Police Department utilizes the Greene County Detention Facility to house all inmates. You can contact the Greene County Jail at (417) 868-4048 to determine if someone is currently housed there. No subjects are held at our police department.
What do I do if I have a warrant for my arrest?
If you were notified of a warrant for your arrest through the city of Strafford, contact the Strafford court clerk (417) 736-2154 to determine the next court date and have your name placed on the docket. You will need to appear at the next court date to make arrangements regarding the warrant. Strafford Court dates consist of the second Thursday of each month, at 1:30 PM. It is suggested to arrive approximately ten minutes prior to court commencing.
If you have a warrant through another police department, you may contact a Strafford Officer to turn yourself in or obtain court arrangements.
I got a traffic ticket...now what?
If you received a traffic citation from a Strafford Police Officer, a court date should be written in the upper left hand corner of the citation. You must appear in court or handle fines and charges with City Hall prior to that date.
If you disagree with the citation and wish to contest it in court, arrive to the Strafford Municipal Court approximately 15 minutes prior to your court time (normally 1:30pm). Bring all information with you and check in with the court clerk.
If you do not wish to respond to your court date, you may pay all applicable fees before the court date. You can contact the Strafford City Hall with questions.
How do I request additional patrol?
Vacation watch: Strafford Police Department is available to perform additional patrol while your house is unoccupied. If you would like to request additional patrol while you are on vacation, please complete the following form; an officer will contact you for further information.
Suspicious activity: If you have experienced suspicious activity in your neighborhood or increased crime and would like to request additional patrol, please complete the following form; an officer will contact you for further information.
How do I submit a compliment/complaint regarding an officer?
The Strafford Police Department accepts feedback from citizens and handles measures accordingly. If you would like to submit a compliment regarding an officer performing an exemplar job, please complete the following form to be contacted by a supervisor. If you have concerns regarding an officer and wish to submit a complaint, all information is requested to be submitted in person to either Sergeant Munhollon or Chief Shook. You may complete this form to have a supervisor contact you and arrange a meeting, or respond to the police department Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm. Please include a report number in the comments section if applicable. All matters will be investigated and handled as the incident dictates necessary.
How do I request a ride along with an officer?
The Strafford Police Department has enacted a ride-along program during which a citizen can spend several hours of a shift with a patrol officer. The rider must be at least 18 years of age and pass a minor background investigation.
During the ride along, the citizen's safety will be priority. For this reason there will be several guidelines that are required to be followed:
- The rider will need to conduct themselves as an observer only. You must not become physically or verbally involved in any incident.
- You are allowed to ask questions; however if the officer is in the middle of an investigation, the officer must dedicate full attention and may wait until the completion of the call to answer questions.
- You will be a passenger in an operating patrol vehicle. While the officer can explain and demonstrate several of the pieces of equipment, you are not allowed to touch or operate the equipment.
- If an extremely dangerous situation arises, the officer has the right to request you remain behind. Your ride along will continue when the officer feels your safety is not at risk.
If you would like more information regarding a ride along, please respond to the police department and complete a citizen ride-along form. Your request will be submitted to a supervisor for approval. An officer will contact you regarding scheduling your ride along.