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Police Administration, Investigations, and Records can be reached at (801) 944-7100 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To apply for a security alarm permit, click here.

POLICE REPORTS AND RECORDS must be requested in person, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please bring a photo ID.  Reports may take up to 10 days to process.

FINGERPRINTING REQUIREMENTS:

The police department will only provide fingerprinting services on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The office staff will ONLY work with residents of Cottonwood Heights or employees of businesses within Cottonwood Heights. You must show a state-issued or employee ID in order to be fingerprinted. Each fingerprint card costs $10.

2014 Tow Company Applications:

CHPD is seeking to establish a list to be used when an officer requests the removal and towing of a motor vehicle. CHPD will receive sealed packets containing completed applications until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014. Please read submission instructions carefully.

2014 Tow Application

 

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CONTACT US:Cottonwood Heights Police Department

Chief Robby Russo
rrusso@ch.utah.gov

Assistant Chief Paul Brenneman
pbrenneman@ch.utah.gov

Sheila Jennings, Crime Prevention
sjennings@ch.utah.gov

April Ryce, Victim Advocate
aryce@ch.utah.gov

Dan Bartlett, Investigations
dbartlett@ch.utah.gov


Public Safety Message

(October, 2014)

Buying Drugs With Gift Cards

by Cottonwood Heights Police Chief Robbie Russo

Gift Cards make nice gifts and taking back unwanted gifts exchanging for gift cards is a great service offered by retailers.  But it’s also a new type of theft and criminals are taking advantage of store return policies.

CHPD is seeing large numbers of gift cards being pawned.  We discovered most of these were never really purchased.  Instead, stolen items from big box retailers were returned for in-store credit in the form of a gift card.  We started seeing a large number of gift cards a couple of years ago from all types of different stores (Lowe's, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and Target) appearing for sale in pawn shops and on on-line services such as KSL.com. 

Thieves will shoplift from a big box retailer then return the items without a receipt, getting a store credit gift card. They then sell the card online or at a pawn shop for usually ½ of face value. Unfortunately, there is never a shortage of customers willing to be on the receiving end of the good deal.    

People often ask me if it’s illegal to buy these cards and the answer is no, unless you have knowledge the card was obtained by fraud or theft.  The customer can call the toll free number or go on line and enter the card number to validate the balance.  Although it’s not illegal per se, most purchasers should know to be suspicious.

In the end, it's the consumer that ends up paying more for the product - so the increased theft impacts the honest customer.  It’s no surprise these suspicious gift cards are generating money used to purchase drugs.

Chairman of the Utah Pawnshops and Secondhand Dealers Advisory Board Mike Katsanevas says his group recognizes the problem and has urged his members to avoid transactions involving gift cards.

Retailers are doing their best to make it more difficult for the thieves to obtain and sell the gift cards.  Many scan your Drivers License and look for suspicious patterns, but it’s not difficult for savvy drug-motivated criminals to send different buddies in and target multiple retailers. We join with retailers and recommend that people only buy gift cards directly from the store or from a store with a section dedicated to selling gift cards.