Category: Police Department Press Releases

Champaign Police Dept Participates in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

From December 20, 2013 through January 5, 2014, officers from the Champaign Police Department will be out in force as part of the annual Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on intoxicated drivers. The statewide crackdown will include high-visibility alcohol and belt enforcement throughout the Champaign area.  The statewide crackdown will also be […]

Champaign Police Department Reports Successful Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Mobilizations

Who: The Champaign Police Department & Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) What: From November 18 – December 1, 2013, IDOT supported enforcement Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to remind motorists to buckle up and not drive impaired, both day and night, during the merged “Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilizations. The Champaign Police […]

Champaign Police Make Arrest in Roper Street Homicide

On December 4, 2013, at approximately 9:25 a.m., Champaign Police arrested Darmel L. Smith, 33, of Urbana, Illinois, for his involvement in the murder of Sheena Williams. Mr. Smith was arrested in the 200 block of South Mattis on a Champaign County warrant for Murder/Intent to Kill/Injure.  Mr. Smith’s bail has been set at $2,000,000. […]

Champaign Police Investigate Bank Robbery (PNC Bank, 1771 W. Kirby Avenue)

On November 20, 2013, at approximately 4:20 PM, officers were dispatched to PNC Bank located at 1771 W. Kirby for a report of a bank robbery.  Officers received information about a man entering the bank and demanding money from a teller, while displaying a dark-colored handgun. He then exited the bank with an undisclosed amount […]

Champaign Police to Enforce Seat Belt Safety and Impaired Driving Laws During Thanksgiving

Police and safety officials in Champaign are reminding residents to fasten their seat belts and drive sober over the Thanksgiving holiday or run the risk of receiving a ticket. The Champaign Police Department (CPD) is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police (ISP) and local law enforcement agencies across the state […]

Champaign Police Warns Public to Secure Your Vehicles

The Champaign Police Department is currently investigating multiple cases involving vehicles being stolen from public streets and residential driveways. Over the past month, the department has taken 11 reports of stolen vehicles occurring in Champaign. Nine of the crimes occurred in the campus area. Some of these burglaries occurred when victims left their keys in […]

Accreditation Team Invites Public Comment

A team from the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP), provided by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, will arrive in Champaign on November 14, 2013, to examine all aspects of the Champaign Police Department, including its policies, procedures, operations, and management. The on-site assessment is expected to take two days, and during that […]

Vehicle Burglary Prevention Tips – Champaign Police Warns Public to “Lock Up”

The Champaign Police Department is currently investigating multiple cases involving unknown offenders who break into unlocked vehicles and remove items of value left in vehicles. Over the past ten days, the department has taken 34 reports of burglary to motor vehicles occurring throughout the city. Many of these burglaries could have been prevented and occurred […]