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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who should I report a crime to?
2. When should I call 911?
3. If I have a problem but it's not an emergency, whom should I call?
4. How can I check to see if there is a registered sex offender living in my area?
5. How can I obtain an ex-parte/Order of Protection?
6. What do I do if a police officer turns on his lights and siren to stop me?
7. I was issued a traffic ticket. Where do I go to pay it?
8. Where is Municipal Court held?
9. Can I request extra patrol in my neighborhood?
10. We will be leaving on vacation. Does the department provide increased patrol around our residence while we're out of town?
11. What happens after I file a written report about an incident?
12. How do I obtain a copy of a Concordia Police report or accident report?
13. Do I have to wait 24 hours before I can report a person missing?
14. I reported a crime but the officer has not called me back.
15. I left a message for an officer to call me back but he has not returned my calls. What should I do?
16. I called to report drug information but nothing happened? Why was my information not acted upon?
17. How much can I drink and drive?
18. What can I do about cars and trucks parked in front of my house?
No matter where you actually live, if the crime occurred in City of Concordia, you need to call the Concordia Police Department. If the crime occurred in another city or in the county, the crime should be reported to the law enforcement agency responsible for that area. Concordia Police have two main numbers you can call. Those numbers are 911 (emergency), and 463-2140 (non-emergency).
Call 911 when there is a crime in progress, a fire, a medical emergency, when someone is in physical danger or in other situations in which help is needed immediately.
Although your address will appear on the 911-computer screen when you call, the dispatcher will still immediately ask you your address and the nature of your emergency. This is to verify that the address on the screen is accurate. On rare occasions, the address displayed on the screen is different than the location the caller is actually calling from. Also, the location of cell phone calls do not display on the screen.
If your emergency requires fire, rescue, medical, or police response, the Lafayette County Communications Center will take your information and then dispatch appropriate personnel.
It is important that the 911 number not be called for road conditions, general information, to report a non-emergency crime, information, etc. Tying up these lines for non-emergency issues could cost a life.
For those situations in which the immediate intervention of emergency personnel is not needed, call (660) 463-2140.
The Lafayette County Sheriff's Department maintains a list of sex offenders residing in Lafayette County who are required to register under Section 589.400 RSMo. A list of sex offenders is offered as a public service to citizens who may need this information for the protection and well-being of their families. You may also check the state website regarding registered sex offenders.
Certain criteria must be met in order to obtain an Ex Parte Order of Protection. First, the person wanting the order (Petitioner) and the person being served (Respondent) must be at least 18 years of age. Second, both Petitioner and Respondent must have a physical address. Third, the order can be filed in 1) the county of residence of either party, 2) the county of the abuse, or 3) the county of the respondent's place of employment.
If the criteria are met, the petitioner must go to the Circuit Court in Lexington, Missouri. The Lafayette County Victim’s Advocate, located in the Lafayette County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, may assist you. They may be contacted at telephone number 660-259-6181.
You should immediately pull to the edge of the roadway and place your vehicle in park. Please remain in your vehicle. It is very important that you place your hands in plain view and follow the officer’s instructions to ensure officer and citizen safety.
Your summons requires you to appear in person before the Concordia Municipal Court on the date and time indicated at the top of the summons. If you wish to plead guilty and pay your fine and court costs by mail or at Municipal Court Office, it must be paid before 4:30 PM the day before your court date.
Only certain violations may be paid before your court date. Contact the Municipal Court Clerk at 660-463-2228 to determine the violations and fines that are payable out of court.
If you wish to plead guilty without coming to court, follow these steps:
- Sign your name to the "Appearance, Plea of Guilty and Waiver" on the back of the ticket.
- Include a Money Order (or) Cashier's Check made payable to: City of Concordia.
- Mail the ticket and full payment to Concordia Municipal Court, PO Box 847, Concordia, MO 64020.
- Payments must be received prior to 4:30 PM the day before your court date.
If it is your intention to plead NOT GUILTY to the violation, you must appear in court on the date and time indicated on the top of your summons.
WARNING: A warrant will be issued for your arrest and/or a Suspension of your Driver's License will occur if you fail to appear in court or your payment has not been received by your scheduled appearance date.
Concordia Community Center, 802 South Gordon, Concordia, MO 64020
If you are concerned about possible illegal activity occurring in your neighborhood and you would like extra patrol in that area, you can call the police department to request extra patrol. Requests for extra patrols are added to a list and distributed directly to our officers to alert them of your concerns.
For citizens within the City Limits of Concordia, the department offers vacation checks to our citizens who will be out of town for an extended time. A Vacation Request Form can be completed on the main page to our website, just click the button or call our department prior to leaving on vacation. Your address, along with the dates you plan on being out of town will be provided to officers and they will make every effort to keep an eye on your residence while you're away.
The department reviews each report written to ascertain whether there is sufficient information to conduct a follow-up investigation. If there is information that is available for a case solution, the case leads are assigned for further development. During this process, an officer may contact you to see if you have any additional information. If you have a question reference your case please call us.
Copies are $5.00 each; however additional charges may apply to large reports for processing and copying. You will be apprised of these charges beforehand.
If you would like a copy of the report, fill out a request for report form at the Concordia Police Department (this form may be found in the FORMS area of our web page). It is advisable to call ahead to see if the report is ready for release.
If you are not picking up the report at the Police Department, enclose a self addressed stamped envelope so it may be mailed to you. Information contained on reports cannot be disseminated over the phone. Reports will not be faxed or submitted electronically.
If you are involved in an accident, within the city limits of Concordia, call the police to have the accident investigated. Accident reports are usually available 5-7 business days after the incident has been reported.
The Concordia Police Department has developed policies and procedures regarding the release of reports that are in compliance with both legislative and case law, balancing public disclosure with privacy rights. The public may obtain certain reports under the State of Missouri Sunshine Law. Not all ongoing or felony investigations are public information. Under Missouri State Statute 610.100, the information available to the public is information from the incident report, which includes date, time, location, names of victims and the nature of the crime or incident. Juvenile information and victim information in sex crimes are not open to the public.
Copies of police reports are generally available within 7 – 10 working days after the incident has been reported. They may be obtained at the Police Department, during normal business hours. (Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM) excluding major holidays.
Within the first 30 days of the incident, the only people allowed to obtain a copy of a report are:
- People that are directly involved in the incident (named in the report)
- Attorneys representing involved parties
- Insurance companies
Please provide as much of the following information as possible:
- Case number (case numbers are not the same as ticket numbers)
- Date and time of occurrence
- Location of occurrence (exact street address or intersection)
- Type of occurrence (property damage, burglary, vandalism, etc.)
- Full names of parties involved (reporting party and/or victims)
There is a three-business-day processing period that begins after the request has been received by Concordia Police. Special requests may take longer to complete. If the request cannot be fulfilled in the allotted time, you will be advised of the reason and given a date the information will be available. The request and report is forwarded to the City Attorney's office for review and they make the determination what information can be release. In general, police reports are considered public information. There are exceptions in Missouri Law that allow certain parts of a report to be blacked out, or not accessible to the general public. There is a $4.00 fee for each report; however, large reports may be assessed additional processing and copying charges. Copies of these reports are not faxed out.
There is no rule that states that you have to wait 24 hours to report a missing person. It depends on the person who is missing, their age, mental state and vulnerability.
If the missing person is a child, elderly, or a person in a very depressed state then you need to alert the police right away. If the person is late home or late for an appointment, then it is sensible to try and contact the person or the last place they were, then wait a reasonable amount of time prior to contacting the police.
Normally, if there is no new information related to your case, and you did not request the officer call you back, they will not call. Due to the number of cases the officers work, they are unable to give updates on all of the cases.
You are encouraged, however, to call the officer working the case and ask about the status. Especially if you have new information or were expecting the officer to call back and they did not.
On occasion, because of schedule changes or days off, it may be a few days before they get your message. If you have new information about your case that needs immediate action, and the officer working on your case is off duty, report the information to the duty officer for follow up.
There are several possible reasons this can occur. Below are some of the situations we encounter.
The information you provided involves a suspect currently involved in an active investigation. Acting on your information may jeopardize a larger investigation already in progress. Unfortunately, when you call, we cannot reveal this information. When the caller sees no action, they feel they were ignored when in fact, their information was important to the case. Because of the confidentiality of investigations, the caller providing the information may never know how important the information was.
Sometimes a caller will provide information that is "current" active drug activity. Although this information may be current, it may be held until an opportune time due to extenuating circumstances involved in an investigation. It may take several months or as much as a year before the effects of this information can be productive.
ANY amount of alcohol consumed impairs a person's ability to drive. The legal limit in Missouri is .08% of blood-alcohol content. How much alcohol it takes to reach this point varies depending on a person's size, how much is consumed during a specific period of time, etc. There is no set rule for how much you can drink and be under the legal limit.
Streets are considered public parking, therefore, vehicles parked on a city street are allowed as long as they have current and valid registration. As long as they are on the city street they can park in front of your home.