Tuscola Police Department

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Tuscola Police Department

204 North Parke Street
Tuscola, IL 61953
Office Phone: 217-253-2351
Fax: 217-253-4906

Contact us at tpd@tuscola.org or Follow us on Facebook

 

City of Tuscola Code of Ordinances

Frequently Asked Questions

 

The Tuscola Police Department, established in 1877, currently employs six full-time officers and seven part-time officers.  All officers, including part time staff, have attended certification law enforcement courses at an Illinois Law Enforcement Training Board recognized academy.   Under the supervision and leadership of the Chief Craig Hastings and Sergeants Mark Payne and Heath Thurston; Tuscola Police Department provides around the clock police protection to the citizens and visitors of our City.   The department serves the City of Tuscola, the county seat of Douglas County, IL, and a 2.75 square mile area around the city.  This area includes a residential population of just under 5,000, agricultural areas,  a large industrial complex and retail establishments.  Our service area includes the Tuscola Outlet Center, which increases the population significantly during business hours.    Tuscola is located on a major traffic thoroughfare with the intersection of U.S. Highways 36 and 45, along with Interstate 57 traversing the area.

 

Tuscola Police Department utilizes both marked and unmarked squad cars and SUV vehicles, as well as patrol bicycles and golf carts for specialty assignments.  Within the ranks of the department are a Master Firearms Instructor, Taser Instructor, Physical Tactics Instructor, and a Certified Juvenile Officer.   Officers are equipped and trained in the use of state-of-the-art equipment including in-car video cameras, vehicle cages, mobile data terminals, patrol rifles, and less lethal TASERS and pepper-ball munitions.

 

Tuscola Police Department has a 911 reciprocity agreement with other area departments and is frequently called upon to handle or assist with emergency calls for service in Douglas County and other communities.  TPD is an annual participant in the Illinois State Police Roadside Safety Checkpoint program.

 

Tuscola PD continues to focus on its primary mission: providing professional service and protection to the citizens of and visitors to Tuscola. From bicycle patrols of the City parks to theft prevention classes for local businesses, Tuscola is proud of the excellent service and reputation of its police department.

 

If you're interested in joining our team please download and complete an application.

 

 

TPD Staff

Chief Craig Hastings                  

Sergeant Mark Payne                

Sergeant Heath Thurston       

 

Officer Gary Miller

Officer Tim Jimenez

Officer Amy Fulk

Officer Richard Lamb

Officer Rex "Butch" Hall

Officer L Scott Reed

Officer Cliff Ponder

Officer Todd Thomas

Officer Lonnie Homann

Officer Sebastian Rivera

 

Vision and Mission Statement

 

Cops for Kids

The Tuscola Police department operates a “Cops for Kids” program, established by Officer Scott Reed, in 2009, provides Christmas gifts to under-privileged children in our community.   Under the program, the department conducts fundraising activities and solicits monetary donations from local businesses and individuals prior to the holiday season.   During the holiday season, TPD officers take the children shopping, allowing the children to pick out their own gifts.    If donations allow, they can also pick out some new school clothes or other needed items. If you would like to donate to our Shop with a Cop program, you may mail your contribution to Tuscola City Hall, drop it off at City Hall or drop it in our water payment drop box in the front of City Hall.   Families in need, who wish to be considered for the program, should complete the Cops for Kids application.

 

 

Golf Carts
The Tuscola City Council approved an ordinance in 2009 allowing golf cart use on city streets.  Golf cart owners must obtain a license from the City of Tuscola, to operate their golf cart on City streets,  and display the City license decal on the vehicle at all times.  Golf carts must be equipped with specific safety equipment and must be operated only by authorized individuals, as described in the City of Tuscola Code of Ordinances.  The Tuscola Police Department is charged with the responsibility of inspecting licensed golf carts.  Further information and license application are available at the following link.

Golf Cart Permit Application with ordinance  

 

 

 

Other Resources:

Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Douglas County Crime Stoppers

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Illinois Sex Offender Registry

Illinois State Police

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Federal Bureau of Investigations

 

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