Police Reports for October 2020

Traffic Contacts: 268
Parking Contacts: 17
Vehicle Inspections: 15
Vehicle Unlocks: 17
Crash Investigations: 20
Public Assists: 320
Assist other Agency: 150
Crimes Against Persons Report: 11
Crimes Against Property Report: 22
Other Reports: 35
Arrests: 37
Warrants: 7
Alcohol/Narcotics Charges: 15
Crimes Against Persons Charges: 9
Crimes Against Property Charges: 5
Other Charges: 24
Animal Calls: 54
Total Calls for Service: 1860
* Total Calls for Service for the year: 17,551


  • Members attended monthly training for canine, bomb squad, tactical team, and dive team.
  • Two patrol officers attended an online 40-hour 1st Line Supervisor Training class. (80 hours)
  • The Chief and LT continue to complete the Internal Affairs and Discipline Seminar. The conference is online and the sessions have been recorded. We have until the end of this month to view all of the classes (80 hours).
  • One officer attended a Fair and Impartial Policing Instructor course at ILEA (16 hours).
  • The Canine and Canine Officer completed recertification this month on protection, tracking and narcotic detection (12 hours)
  • Officer Liz Monroe is in her 10th week of training at the police academy.
  • Officer Cade Burma is halfway through his Field Training Officer program. He is paired up with a training officer.
  • Our two honor guard members attended their quarterly training (16 hours).
  • Chief attended the 2020 Virtual Iowa Summit on Justice and Disparities. She was invited by our local NAACP chapter president. (8 hours)
  • Chief also attended a virtual training conference for Lexipol Connect 2020 to provide an update on what Lexipol has done for customers this year. They provide the best practices for policies for Iowa and incorporate any legislative changes (6 hours)

Public Relations:

  • Allowed a Navy Recruitment meeting to be held in our training room.
  • We hosted the virtual Iowa Women’s Foundation luncheon and seminar for other city staff members in our training room.
  • Requested and worked the Liberty HS football games. The department is reimbursed by the school district.
  • Hosted the DEA drug take back at our new PD. During this event, the public is allowed to drop off expired or unused prescription medications for proper disposal. We collected roughly 100 pounds of medication and had it properly disposed.


  • Got two scheduled vehicles that were about to hit 100,000 miles traded off and the replacements in-service.
  • All in-car computers were updated to the latest software configurations and the tracker form was installed for officers to update on all traffic contacts. We are still working on the audit piece and the geolink tracking for the compliance and audit tracking. The geolink piece was added and it crashed all of the computers, so are trying to find a fix with the vendor, so we can extract the data.
  • A parked patrol car was stuck by a drunk driver on the interstate. This unit was on a traffic stop with another vehicle on the side of the road. Fortunately no one was injured.  We are waiting on insurance to total the vehicle and the equipment that was inside. The vehicle only had 43,000 miles on it.
  • Purchased a webcam for one of our conference rooms to host additional trainings and meetings.


  • We responded to two car dealerships that were broken into. In both cases, keys and a car were taken from their lots and recovered in North Liberty. The case is still under investigation and we are working on identifying the individual responsible.
  • Officers have been called by parents and guardians for kids refusing to get up and go to school. This has been for elementary and high school kids. We have assisted by getting the children to school or out of the vehicle while they are in the drop off lane.
  • Officers worked GTSB this month enforcing traffic and OWI related incidents on the roadways.
  • Published an update for all businesses and the community about the I-Pledge for the use of tobacco, vaping and nicotine products. We conducted a compliance check with a 19 year old and 5 out of the 13 businesses sold him tobacco. Those employees were cited, referred to the I-Pledge website and we will have to check back in a few months to see if they are compliant.

Department Admin:

  • Chief attended an ILEA council meeting in Johnston, Iowa and as well as the Iowa’s Police Chiefs Executive Board meeting in Oelwein, Iowa.
  • Continue to get the final items on the PD punch list signed off on. Working on items that are not working at the moment or have not been installed (awnings, salleyport vehicle emission testing, call boxes, shelving in lobby, glass insert in interior doors, landscaping, knox box operational at back gate etc)
  • The council approved the study with Dr. Barnum for the traffic contact analysis piece for the calendar year of 2021 and 2022. This will cost the city $10,000 a year for this report, analysis, and recommendations.
  • Continue to work on budget items and posted for the new part-time position for public relations and a property crime investigator. We hope to have this person selected and start in January.
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