Marissa Police Department

  • Agency: Marissa Police Department
  • Address: 2 W Marissa St # A, Marissa, 62257 IL
  • Chief: Thomas Prather (Chief of Police)
Phone: 618-295-3022
Fax: 618-295-3693

Marissa Police Department is located at 2 W Marissa St # A, Marissa, 62257 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is Thomas Prather. The Marissa Police Department phone number is 618-295-3022.

Marissa Police Department News

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On January 10, 2018 at 1:08am the Marissa Police Department responded to a report of an unoccupied 2008 Chevrolet stalled in the roadway in the 1200 block of N Main St. As the officers were arriving on the scene a 2001 Ford driven by Corey Hays 27 of Smithton struck the stalled vehicle and the vehicle caught on fire. Hays fled the scene on foot. The Marissa Fire Department responded and extinguished fire. A passenger in the Ford was treated for a minor injury and released. Hays turned himself into the Marissa Police a short time later and was arrested for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Operating a an Uninsured Vehicle, No Valid Driver’s License and an Illinois Department of Corrections Warrant for Violation of Parole. He was taken to the St. Clair County Jail on the no bond warrant. The driver of the Chevrolet, Lauren Crider 23 of St. Louis, MO was cited for Operating an Uninsured Vehicle.

Ameren IP to the rescue today. They made this little girl's day when they rescued her kitten from the top of a power pole on Main St.

The Marissa Police Department took several vehicle burglary reports today from different areas of town. We would like to remind everyone to not leave any valuables in your cars and keep your car doors locked. Please call us if you see anyone suspicious in your neighborhood or have any information that would assist us in identifying a suspect(s) . Thank You

In August representatives from the Marissa Police Department and the Marissa School District Unit # 40 met at the Sparta Community Hospital with hospital administration, school officials and law enforcement officials from several area communities. The topic was Opiate Addiction in our area and what we could do to combat the problem that is plaguing our communities. As one of first steps in addressing the addiction problem SCH will be hosting a community program on Opiate Addiction, "A MAN IN RECOVERY" by Tim Ryan. The program will be on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7PM at the Sparta High School Gym. The program is open to the public and anyone that has a drug addiction or is a family member or friend of an addict is encouraged to attend.

On September 17, 2016 at 4:52 am officers from the Marissa Police Department and New Athens Police Department responded to the 900 Block of North Main St in reference to a call of a suicidal subject. The officers spoke to a family member that reported that an intoxicated male had made threats to harm others and himself. The family member reported the male had went into his residence. The family member reported hearing a hearing a gunshot and reported the male may have shot himself. Officers approached the residence and an officer made contact with the male, he saw the male was bleeding and had a firearm in his hand. The male shut the door and all his window blinds. The officers made numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact the male. Several departments from the area arrived to assist. An ILEAS tactical team was requested and was deployed. The tactical team was able to make contact with the male and he surrendered to them without incident. At approx. 8:00am the male was taken into custody. It was determined the injury to the man was superficial and a result of an earlier altercation. The investigation is ongoing and the case will be presented to the States Attorney.

I would like to say thank you ! Today we had a missing autistic and non-verbal five year old named Joseph walk away from a residence in Marissa. This case brought back memories of when a 15 year old special needs teenager went missing from Marissa in September of 2010. That missing person case did not end well. This case also brought back memories of how great our small communities and first responders are when it comes to helping others. We once again had more help and volunteers that we could ever need. I am somewhat reluctant to name those who helped today because I know there were some here that I did not even know about. If you were here and helped and I leave your organization out, I apologize. The call came into dispatch at 6:32am and it started raining minutes after we arrived. Joseph was able to get out of secured door and had last been seen inside the residence sleeping around 5:30am. Within 30 minutes we had a Marissa Volunteer Firefighter who is also a Rescue Canine Handler on scene with his K-9 partner. Sparta Police and Freeburg Police were on scene and assisting us within minutes. The Marissa Fire Department was also activated and Medstar EMS quickly arrived on scene. Marissa Village Employee’s sent out a Code Red Alert and published the missing boy’s information with his picture on the Village of Marissa Facebook Page. Mayor Jerry Cross was contacted and was kept updated on the situation. The Center for Missing and Exploited Children was contacted and began assisting the Marissa Police Department. Marissa Fire Chief Jim Perrine and I began coordinating with Fire Department and Rescue Units from Lenzburg, New Athens, St. Libory, Fayetteville, Sparta, Columbia, MABAS Division 32 Incident Management Team, St. Clair County Special Services, and the St Clair County Emergency Management Agency also arrived to assist. Many additional agencies and resources were being contacted to assist during the planning phase. Medstar EMS provided the Marissa PD with two dispatchers to handle the incoming calls to our office while Cencom dispatchers operated our radio traffic and took calls from the media. The Smithton Police Department, Percy Police Department and Randolph County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit arrived on scene to assist. The Coulterville Police Department, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, The Illinois State Police and the Fairview Heights FBI Office all called offering to help if needed. A helicopter, a plane and a drone were on standby to provide air support. I saw many Marissa residents and some from nearby towns come up and ask what they could do to help. Several Marissa businesses donated food and drinks for first responders. Village Street Department Employees assisted in barricading streets and the Marissa Unit #40 Superintendent provided a staging area for First Responders at the school. At about 10:00am a Marissa resident, Greg Cahoon was driving in the area and looking for Joseph when he found him at the Marissa Khoury League Park on Fingerhill Road. Cahoon, assisted by Amanda Dedmon of Marissa returned him to the residence where he was checked out by Medstar EMS and other than being wet from being in the rain he was in good shape. With all recent horrible acts of violence on Law Enforcement across the nation, I can say that I am glad to work in a small rural community. In the past two weeks we have received flowers at the station and many residents have come to the station or up to our officers on the street to tell us that they appreciate our service. Again, I thank you all for your assistance, prayers and support! Sincerely, Chief Tom Prather

Scotty Priest has been apprehended.

Officer Adam Romero was appointed to the position of Detective last week. Detective Romero has been handling a majority of the investigative work and follow ups for department for over 6 months now. He is also the department's evidence and code enforcement officer. He has received specialized training in interviewing and evidence handling. Congratulations Detective Romero.

Officer Cody Mahan was promoted to Sergeant back in August. Sgt. Mahan is the Marissa Police Department's Juvenile Officer and has been with the department for three years. Sgt. Mahan grew up in Marissa, he is a Lieutenant with the Marissa Fire Department and a Marissa First Responder.

Thank You Veterans!