Need to apply for a residential or business alarm permit?
Click here to apply for an alarm permit
Sandy City Business Watch
Business Watch is a program that is designed to build the relationship between the Sandy Police Department and local businesses. The goal is to provide education and up-to-date information regarding shoplifting, internal theft, burglary, robbery, and other aspects of crime prevention geared specifically toward businesses in the Sandy area.
It is our aim to maintain and improve communication between members of our Business Watch program, as well as provide another avenue to post newsletters, meeting notifications, and timely alerts. For this reason we have begun a Sandy City Business Watch internet group.
This will allow businesses to post information concerning suspicious behavior or criminal activity that has been committed at their establishment for others to be alerted to. In addition, it serves as an avenue for businesses to communicate with one another.
Click here to learn how to get involved with the Business Watch Program
Sandy City Police Department Citizen Academy
The Sandy Police Citizens Academy is an 11-week program designed to give citizens an opportunity to better understand the role of police officers within their community. It is a comprehensive and interactive class that offers citizens and business leaders in Sandy City a first-hand experience of the responsibilities and duties of police officers.
Click here to learn more and how to apply for Citizen Academy
The Sandy City Police Department Crime Prevention Unit is committed to providing education and instruction to citizens and businesses to help minimize the chances of becoming a victim of crime in Sandy.
Crime Prevention Online Information Center
- Crime Prevention Programs
- Neighborhood Watch
- Stranger Danger
- Home Safety
- Holiday Safety
- Robbery Prevention
- Residential & Vehicle Burglary
- Vehicle Burglary
- Crime Prevention Monthly Tip
Crime Prevention Links
The Sandy Police Department’s Explorer Program provides youth (between the ages of 14 to 21) with the opportunity to experience law enforcement first hand.
Sandy City Police Law Enforcement Explorer Post 9550
The intent of the program is to educate and involve youth in police operations, to interest them in possible law enforcement careers, and to build a mutual understanding between the police and the youth in the community.
The education aspect provides knowledge of law enforcement functions. Through classroom and hands-on training, the program establishes an awareness of the complexities of police service and prepared the participates for future law enforcement careers.
The duties of an Explorer include traffic and crowd control at special events, crime prevention events, found bike pick-ups, report writing, assisting with missing children, fingerprinting, first-aid, clerical assistance, crime lab internships, and a ride-a-long program.
The Explorer Post also has an Honor Guard that participates in the presentation of the American Flag at special events. The Honor Guard also performs funeral detail.
The Explorer Program is a very intensive professional law enforcement career orientedprogram. In addition to the law enforcement training the Explorers receive, they also will learn leadership and self-discipline skills.
Click here to learn about the requirements and how to apply for the Explorers Program
What is a False Alarm anyway?
- An electronic signal.
- Sent to the city emergency communications centers.
- Responded to by police or firefighters.
- Who find no evidence of a crime, attempted crime, smoke, fire, or any emergency situation exists.
Why are False Alarms a problem?
- Delays response to calls that may be termed REAL or ACTUAL emergency situations in progress.
- Diverts police from crime prevention efforts - our officers would rather be patrolling our neighborhoods and catching those violating laws; be it a misdemeanor or a felony crime.
- Disturbs the neighbors - ever heard your neighbor's alarm at 2 a.m.?
What can I do to prevent False Alarms?
There are some easy ways to prevent False Alarms. Just think about the:
- People that are involved in your alarm system
How can I prevent equipment-related False Alarms?
- Don't play "beat the clock" - make sure your alarm company has programmed your control pad to give you enough time to get in and out the door before the alarm goes off. They can give you more time if you need it.
- Replace those batteries - your system has a backup battery, but after 2-3 years it will not hold a charge. If that happens and we get one of our afternoon thunderstorms, a power surge can trigger your alarm. This is a very common cause of False Alarms.
- Consider having your system serviced annually - this can prevent equipment-related problems.
- Call your alarm company if you:
- Remodel your home or business.
- Make changes to your phone, such as adding call waiting.
How can I prevent environment-related False Alarms?
- CLOSE and LOCK windows and doors. This prevents doors and windows that are not secured being opened by the wind or by a draft from your air conditioning system. This happens quite often with the door between your house and garage, so be sure it is closed and locked. For safety's sake, according to the National Crime Prevention Center, thieves who came through unlocked doors or windows committed nearly half of all completed residential burglaries.
- Be sure your pet and your motion detector are compatible;
- Get a "pet-friendly" motion detector. It will trigger the alarm only if the weight of the object moving through the room is over a certain weight limit. This type of detector allows your pet to roam freely through your house with the motion detector on.
- If they aren't compatible:
- Restrict your pet to part of the house not covered by the motion detector;
- Consider bypassing the motion detector.
- Anchor or secure other objects that can be moved into the path of the motion detector by drafts, such as:
How can I prevent people-related False Alarms?
- Show anyone who has a key to your home/business how to use your alarm system.
- Your kids.
- Neighbors - does anyone take care of your home while you are on vacation?
- Guests - especially important during the summer or holidays.
- Know your alarm company's procedure to cancel a False Alarm.
- Do you know the phone number of your alarm monitoring company?
- Does everyone with a key to your home/business know how to cancel a False Alarm?
- Do you know if you have a set number of seconds to cancel a False Alarm by using your keypad?
- Do you know your password or pass code?
Call your alarm company if you:
- Have any concerns about how to use your system.
- Require retraining in the proper operation of your alarm system.
- Plan on leaving your residence vacant for an extended time due to a possible vacation
- It appears your system is not working properly
UPDATE: DUE TO THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY PUBLIC FINGERPRINTING SERVICES HAVE BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
The Sandy City Police Department provides fingerprinting services to the public on Tuesdays from 12 PM to 4 PM and Fridays from 8 AM to 4 PM.
You must present valid picture identification at the time of fingerprinting.
The department charges a nominal fee of $11.00 per card, payable at the time of fingerprinting. Fingerprint cards will be furnished.
We now accept Debit or Credit cards (with the Visa logo) as a form of payment.
Click here for directions into Sandy City Police Department
Unwanted or Expired Medications
Do you have Unwanted or Expired medications?
In coordination with the D.E.A., the Sandy Police Department participates in the Utah Take-Back Efforts with our own Drug Take Back Box.
Click here for directions into Sandy City Police Department
Our Drug Take-Back box is available for residential safe disposal of prescription and non-prescription medications. Our collection box provides a secure drop-off location to properly dispose of your unwanted and/or expired medications. Proper disposal of your medications will help to reduce the nationwide threat of prescription drug abuse, and proper disposal keeps them out of our water supplies.
The following items can be disposed of in our collection box: prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, pet medicines, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers (up to 12 ounces), and medicine samples.
We also have a sharps container for the disposal of preloaded syringes. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any used syringes or chemo medications of any kind, and commercial use of our collection box is prohibited.
Our Drug Take-Back collection box is located in the Sandy Police Department main lobby, and is available for drop-offs Monday-Friday, from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
For additional information regarding this program, please visit Utah Take-Back.
For advice on the safe disposal of non returnable items, contact your pharmacist or local Health Department. You may also call 1-800-RECYCLE (1-800-732-9235).
Want to know the best crime prevention device ever invented? A good neighbor!
In fact, neighbors working together in cooperation with law enforcement can make one of the best crime-fighting teams around.
What is "Operation Safe Passage"?
Operation Safe Passage is a program to protect children from being abducted while walking to and from school. In addition, it enhances pedestrian safety along safe walking routes and reduces opportunities for bullies to intimidate other children.
If you walk, stand, wait at bus stops, drive your children to school, or are an interested citizen, you are halfway there to becoming a part of this program.
Click here if you'd like to learn more or volunteer for Operation Safe Passage
To File A Police Report
If you've been a victim of a crime, or have information about a crime in Sandy, immediately contact Sandy Police Department. In An Emergency Immediately Dial 911
To File A Police Report Online
Currently, you may only file a police report online if you are reporting a lost item or if you are reporting a stolen item or bicycle but you have no possible suspect information.
Click here to file a police report online
To Obtain A Copy Of A Police Report
Copies of police reports and traffic accident reports are released in accordance with the Utah Government Records Access Management Act (GRAMA).
Click here to learn how to obtain a copy of a Police Report
Need A Residential Parking Permit?
To help ensure that residential neighborhood streets are not being congested by those attending events at the Rio Tinto Stadium, eligible residents can now obtain a Parking Permit to park personal vehicles on neighborhood streets during event times.
Click here to learn if you're eligible and how to apply for a Residential Parking Permit
Sex Offender Registry
According to Utah Law, convicted sex offenders are required to register every six months. Sandy City Police Department offers this service to sex offenders who reside in Sandy City by appointment only.
There will now be a $25.00 yearly registration fee (new legislation as of May 11th, 2010), to be paid to Sandy City Police Department. This fee is in addition to your State fee of $100.00, which you will continue to pay to the Utah Department of Corrections. All fees are due the same month as your birthday.
The Sandy City Police Department accepts cash, or a money order payable to Sandy City Police Department.
Our offices are open Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm.
If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Lisa at 801-568-7201.
If you have information regarding a crime that has occurred, please contact us by calling our Tip-A-Cop line at (801) 568-INFO (4636) or by clicking below to fill out an online form. If you wish to remain anonymous, simply leave your contact information blank.
NOTE: Do not use this site or the Tip-A-Cop line to report a crime "In Progress" -or- if you require an immediate response. In those cases dial 911. Neither the Tip-A-Cop site or phone line is monitored 24/7.
Click here to fill out our online Tip-A-Cop Form
Traffic school classes are open to anyone who wants to take them. Fees are not refundable. Individuals cited for a moving violation in Sandy City may be able to complete a traffic class as a part of a "Plea-in-Abeyance" agreement with the Sandy Justice Court provided they meet eligibility requirements. They MUST obtain court approval for the class BEFORE registering.
Class registrations close 24 hours before the class so register early. For example, if you are taking a class at 8:00 am on Saturday, you must register for that class by 8:00 am on Friday.
For more information read the Traffic School FAQ's
Click here to learn more about classes and register for Traffic School
UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 Emergency this service has been postponed until further notice.
Is your home going to be unattended for an extended amount of time? If so, don't leave your home an easy target for a burglar. We've compiled a checklist of things to do to keep your home safe while you're away. We also have a program to request your home receive more frequent patrols.
Click here to learn more and sign your residence up for our Vacation Watch Service
Sandy City Police Department offers free Victim Assistance and Advocates to provide needed support to those that have been a victim of a crime.
Click here to get full information on Victim Assistance and Advocates
VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service)
VIPS was created to assist in the services that the Sandy City Police Department provides to the community. VIPS are highly-trained individuals who act as an extra set of eyes and ears for the Police Department. They report any suspicious activity that they see to patrol personnel on shift. They also help with other community-oriented policing functions.
For more information contact:
Amy Bryant Crime Prevention Specialist
Click here to learn more about VIPS
Virtual Business Watch
Virtual Business Watch is one of Sandy City Police Department's new tools that shows what is possible when a partnership between police and the business community develops and the effect it can have with preventing and investigating crime in the area. Registering your camera not only discourages crime, but helps the police department in its overall crime prevention program and investigation efforts. Protect yourself and your business by registering with Virtual Business Watch. Also, Sandy City respects your privacy, your business will remains completely anonymous while in the program.
Click here to register for Virtual Business Watch
Sandy Youth Court offers an alternative approach to juvenile justice in which youth referred for minor offenses; are sentenced by a jury of their peers. Youth Court employs a restorative justice-based approach that applies the skills and abilities of Sandy City juveniles to provide a positive peer influence, to hold youth accountable for their actions, and to strengthen their ties to school and community. Youth Court is an alternative to Juvenile Court for many first-time offenders. The program has three components: 1) court hearings 2) peer mentoring, and 3) peer mediation.
Referred youth must admit to the charge and must voluntarily agree to attend the program.
Click here for a full program description and to apply for Youth Court