Police Department report for November 2018

Traffic Contacts: 573
Parking Contacts: 28
Vehicle Inspections: 28
Vehicle Unlocks: 31
Crash Investigations: 27
Public Assists: 256
Assist Other Agency: 109
Crimes Against Persons Report: 8
Crimes Against Property Report: 19
Other Reports: 38
Arrests: 33
Warrants: 7
Alcohol/Narcotics Charges: 25
Crimes Against Persons Charges: 1
Crimes Against Property Charges: 5
Other Charges: 13
Animal Calls: 26
Total Calls for Service: 2089
*Total Calls for Service for the year: 22,516


  • Officers attended SERT, Canine, Bomb, and Dive team training this month (24 hours). The canine team passed their annual certification test.
  • Four officers attended a day long training for First Line Supervisor at Ankeny Police Department (32 hours)
  • Three officers attended Crowd Control Management training in Grinnell. (24 hours)
  • One officer attended an in-service training at ILEA for mandatory training requirements (12 hours)
  • One officer got recertified as a defensive tactics instructor (8 hours)
  • One Standardize Field Sobriety Testing instructor was recertified at ILEA (8 hours).
  • A supervisor attended a free 2 hour session at the Grinnell Police Department on responding to suicidal subjects and the law enforcement mission presented by a law firm out of Cedar Rapids.
  • Officers attended an online seminar presented by MedPharm. This was a specific training for law enforcement on the manufacturing, transportation, issuance, security protocols, and candidates for cannabidiol oil use and possession. Officers saw what the creams, oils and capsule containers look like and the identification that will be in their possession. (5 hours)
  • Two officers attended free training on drug interdiction and patrol tactics at Camp Dodge in Des Moines. (48 hours)

Public Relations:

  • Officer Miller assisted with a public safety talk about the Johnson County Metro Bomb Squad and their responsibilities. Picture below.
  • Chief presented certificates to graduates of the 8th grade Leadership classes.
  • We participated in our 5th Annual No Shave November. Officers donate $30 to violate department policy to have beards and goatees. The money donated goes to our Presents with Police program next month and the DVIP Holiday Toy Drive.
  • Officers worked two of the Iowa Football games. The department was reimbursed for their time.
  • An officer served a Thanksgiving meal at North Bend Elementary.
  • Violent Intruder drills were conducted at North Bend Elementary for their teacher in-service annual training.
  • An officer served muffins at North Bend Elementary’s Maids and Muffin event.
  • An officer attended the youth empowerment steering committee meeting hosted by the FD while on duty.
  • Lt Landsgard attended the ICCSD safety committee meeting.


  • We are testing and looking at replacing our body worn cameras again. Since last April, we were promised a new camera system from L-3. The new cameras arrived, but heated up while on the docking station and were immediately returned because of the fire hazard. Each month L3 has pushed back the release date of the cameras.  We are now looking at a completely different system. We are reviewing the cost, reliability, customer experience/satisfaction before moving forward.  We will request a refund check from L3, if we need to purchase a different system.
  • All in- car radar units were calibrated by a certified technician. This is an annual occurrence.


  • Have had several reports of missing or runaway juveniles this month. All have been located and returned.  One has since left again and is on the run.
  • Conducted our annual Tobacco Compliance Checks with a minor. Only one business sold to the 16 year old.

Department Admin:

  • Work continues on the PD design with Architects. We are currently working on value engineered items to cut to get the project within budget.
  • Testing was held for the current vacant officer position. 16 applicants showed up at the Rec Center to participate in the physical and written testing. Out of the 16, we narrowed our list down to 8 candidates to participate in interviews. The interviews were panel style and consisted of members from the department and City staff that reside in NL. We are currently in the process of doing background investigations.
  • Sergeant interest packets were sent to those that qualify. The due date for the completed packets was this month with interviews taking place next month.
  • Planning continues for the Presents with Police program next month. We are currently accepting applications for shoppers and have received donations from the community for the event.
  • The union recertified their membership.
  • Chief was asked to donate a purse for the “Pursenality” event put on by the American Red Cross benefitting their Go Red campaign. A handy red, white and blue backpack was donated that contained personal safety items, a roadside safety pack, support the blue and NLPD items.
  • Received nominations from department members for Officer of the Year candidates. This will be awarded next month at the City’s Holiday party.
  • Landsgard completed his 4 year degree in 25 months of continuous online education and heavy class schedule.
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