Chief Diane Venenga’s Message
It is a great pleasure to present the North Liberty Police Department’s 2016 Annual Report. Traditionally, monthly updates are provided to the City Council and posted on the City Website. This format shares the data that is collected, shows the pride our employees take in keeping North Liberty safe, and demonstrates to the public how we continue to try to meet the mission of this department.
In 2016, we saw 144 police officers die in the line of duty, 5 of them right here in Iowa. After each tragedy, residents, businesses and schools came together to show their support to this department. We received verbal thanks, cards, letters, emails, baked goods, and gift baskets throughout the year. This support helped officers go out and continue to be committed to providing the highest level of professional service to our growing community. With each engagement with our community members, the officers remain committed to providing quality service and dedication to this profession.
In 2016, we hosted a town hall meeting so community members could learn about policing and meet several of the officers and supervisors in our department. We also conducted our first internal department survey and community survey to get feedback about satisfaction with the department and any issues in the community. The survey was used to focus crime prevention strategies on the most common issues. We also partnered with the local community and businesses to fundraise for a future K9 program. This is planned for a two year fundraising event to get our first K9 program in place to raise money for the vehicle, training, and the K9.
We have been fortunate to receive ongoing support from the North Liberty City Council, Mayor, administration and citizens to be able to effectively provide services to the community. With the challenges and benefits associated with the continued growth, the City of North Liberty continues to be a safe place to live, work and play.
It is an honor to serve this community, and on behalf of the members of NLPD, thank you for your continued support.