The Jerome Police Department takes its role in keeping the community safe very seriously. Members of the Police Department are encouraged not only to respond to crime but also to work with the community and other entities to reduce the effects and fear of crime. Police Officers are not merely enforcers of the law, but problem solvers who strive to find reasonable solutions to issues of concern. It is the intent of the Police Department to work with others to ensure the City of Jerome is a place where we ourselves, as members of the community, wish to live and raise our families. We have gathered a variety of useful tips and techniques the help prevent crime.
-Office of the Attorney General (Excellent manuals about internet safety, consumer protection, and identity theft)
-Recent Scams in our area include:
Despite efforts to raise awareness regarding different scams, they are still taking place in our community. Recently, a new type of scam was brought to our attention. A scam artist called a citizen to inform them they had won a car. The caller told the citizen that they would have to pay the taxes upfront before becoming the recipient of the new vehicle. The caller instructed his targeted victim to meet him at Wal-Mart, in order to conduct this transaction. Thankfully, the meeting didn't take place. However, because the caller was allegedly going to meet them in person, this poses concern to our department. Please do not fall victim to these scams, and report these incidents to our dispatch center. (324-1911)
A new type of Phishing Scam to be aware of is the Child Predator Phishing Scam. Phishing emails are sent out containing links to websites that are infected with malware.
If you receive an email with a subject line alerting you that there is a child predator living near you, don’t open the email since it could possibly infect your computer. Instead, visit the Idaho sex offender registry to access data on any sex offenders living in your area.
Being tax season, we have seen an increase of individuals targeted with various IRS scams. In a frequent scam hitting our area, victims receive aggressive or threatening phone calls from a scam artist presenting themselves as IRS agents, the individual tells the victim that they owe taxes to the IRS. If you receive any suspicious calls consult your accountant or visit the IRS site for more information. http://www.irs.gov/
See the additional resources on this page.
Child Safety Seats
Always show you love your children. Always buckle them up. Please remember the safest place for your child is in the back seat. The proper use of a child safety seat is critical. If you have question or would like to have an Officer properly install your carseat, please call the Jerome Police Department at (208) 324-4328. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has current guidelines for child safety seats. You can also visit the Idaho Transportation Department for more information.
Personal Safety Tips
-Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Know who is in front of and behind you.
-Walk in groups or ask for someone to walk you to your vehicle at night.
-Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave.
-Remember, your common sense is your best weapon.
Outline what your child should do if they become separated from you. If separated while shopping, the child should not look for you but go immediately to the nearest checkout counter and ask a clerk for assistance. Tell them never to go to the parking lot.
-Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
-Advise your child to walk and play with other children if you are not around.
-Be sure your child's school or daycare center will not release them to anyone but you or someone designated by you. Set a code word with your child to be used as a signal if you send an unfamiliar adult to pick them up.
-Tell your child that no one has the right to touch them or make them feel uncomfortable or ask them to keep a secret from you.
-Report to the police any incident where a stranger tries to join in children's play, offers your child money or gifts, asks your child to go any place with him or her, or tries to talk to or touch your child.
-If you are a victim of violence and are in fear for your life, contact authorities now and ask for help. Dial 9-1-1.
Domestic violence is abuse between family members or related persons. Domestic violence may come in many forms: physical abuse, threats of physical abuse, emotional abuse, threatening telephone calls, disturbances at place of work, stalking, and other forms of dominance and control. Anyone can be a victim.
If you are being abused, REMEMBER:
-You are not alone
-It is not your fault
-Help is available
Domestic Violence website:
Crisis Center of Magic Valley
What is identity theft? Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal identifying information, like your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. The crime takes many forms. Identity thieves may rent an apartment, obtain a credit card, or establish a telephone account in your name. You may not find out about the theft until you review your credit report or a credit card statement and notice charges you didn’t make—or until you’re contacted by a debt collector.
There are many ways you can protect yourself against identity theft.
-Never give out personal information over the phone, through an e-mail, or the internet unless you know exactly who you are dealing with.
-Always protect your social security number. Never carry your social security card with you.
-Always shred documents that contain any personal or financial information.
The Federal Trade Commission website is an excellent source of information.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is seeking your assistance in locating HSI fugitives for prosecution. HSI is responsible for combating a broad range of crimes against the United States and will apply all appropriate means to prosecute those who perpetrate them. In doing so, HSI is vigorously pursuing efforts to apprehend, or assist other law enforcement agencies in apprehending fugitives who are deemed threats to national security.
-HSI Victim Notification Program
HIS also administers a Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding criminal alien’s release from custody.
Visit http://www.ice.gov/victim-notification/ for a number of valuable victim services programs provided by