Police Department - How to File a Police Report

The Skokie Police Department responds to all calls for service in the most expeditious manner possible, rendering all necessary aid and assistance.  It is understood, however, that at times the physical presence of a Police Officer is neither necessary nor appropriate to accomplish the filing of a police report.  Certain reports may be completed by telephone or on a walk-in basis.  This can be accomplished by calling 847/982-5900 or visiting Skokie Police Headquarters at 7300 Niles Center Road, Skokie.


Some types of telephone or walk-in reports accepted include:

  • Vacation checks
  • Lost property
  • Auto repossessions
  • Delayed suspicious circumstances
  • Delayed prowler
  • Annoying/suspicious telephone calls
  • Dog bites
  • Some supplementary reports
  • Lost driver's licenses (walk-in report only)
  • Lost license plate (walk-in report only)
  • Automobile accident-delayed or vehicles moved (walk-in report only)
  • Found property (walk-in report only)

General reports include:

  • Simple assault - suspect gone
  • Simple battery - no injury or suspect gone
  • Thefts - delayed or suspect gone
  • Missing person (walk-in report only - complainant's signature required)
  • Runaways (walk-in report only - complainant's signature required)

Criteria for telephone or walk-in reporting:

  1. Caller is receptive to accepting telephone reporting, even if the call-back may be delayed for up to one hour.
  2. No injury or danger thereof.
  3. Event not in-progress.
  4. Delayed report where rapid response of Police Officer is not required.
  5. No physical evidence at the scene.
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