The North Liberty Police Department is updated every six months and reviewed by an external third party to make sure it aligns with current legislation and case law. While copies of the department’s policies, which number more than 150, are available upon request, below are the most often requested policies. For questions about these or other policies, please contact the Records Department at [email protected] or (319) 626-5724.
The North Liberty Police Department’s policy is in line with Campaign Zero’s 8 Can’t Wait goals, Campaign Zero’s other policy suggestions (though many of these policy goals require action at the state and federal level to fully realize) and with the Police Executive Research Forum’s Guiding Principles on Use of Force.
300: Use of Force
This policy provides guidelines on the reasonable use of force. While there is no way to specify the exact amount or type of reasonable force to be applied in any situation, every member of this department is expected to use these guidelines to make such decisions in a professional, impartial and reasonable manner. Read the policy.
301: Handcuffing and Restraints
This policy provides guidelines for the use of handcuffs and other restraints during detentions and arrests. Read the policy.
302: Control Devices
This policy provides guidelines for the use and maintenance of control devices that are described in this policy. Read the policy.
303: Conducted Energy Device
This policy provides guidelines for the issuance and use of the TASER. Read the policy.
306: Vehicle Pursuits
This policy provides guidelines for vehicle pursuits in order to protect the safety of involved officers, the public and fleeing suspects. Read the policy.
307: Foot Pursuits
This policy provides guidelines to assist officers in making the decision to initiate or continue the pursuit of suspects on foot. Read the policy.
310: Domestic Abuse
The purpose of this policy is to provide the guidelines necessary to deter, prevent and reduce domestic abuse through vigorous enforcement and to address domestic abuse as a serious crime against society. The policy specifically addresses the commitment of the North Liberty Police Department to take enforcement action when appropriate, to provide assistance to victims and to guide officers in the investigation of domestic abuse. Read the policy.
311: Search and Seizure
Both the federal and state constitutions provide every individual with the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. This policy provides general guidelines for North Liberty Police Department personnel to consider when dealing with search and seizure issues. Read the policy.
312: Child Abuse
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for the investigation of suspected child abuse. This policy also addresses when North Liberty Police Department members are required to notify the Department of Human Services (DHS) of suspected child abuse. Read the policy.
314: Discriminatory Harassment
The purpose of this policy is to prevent department members from being subjected to discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment and retaliation. Read the policy.
319: Standards of Conduct
This policy establishes standards of conduct that are consistent with the values and mission of the North Liberty Police Department and are expected of all department members. The standards contained in this policy are not intended to be an exhaustive list of requirements and prohibitions but they do identify many of the important matters concerning conduct. In addition to the provisions of this policy, members are subject to all other provisions contained in this manual, as well as any additional guidance on conduct that may be disseminated by this department or a member’s supervisors. Read the policy.
401: Bias-Based Policing
This policy provides guidance to department members that affirms the North Liberty Police Department’s commitment to policing that is fair and objective. Read the policy.
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for improving public safety through education and enforcement of traffic-related laws. Read the policy.
803: Records Maintenance and Release
This policy provides guidance on the maintenance and release of department records. Protected information is separately covered in the Protected Information Policy. Read the policy.
900: Temporary Custody of Adults
This policy provides guidelines to address the health and safety of adults taken into temporary custody by members of the North Liberty Police Department for processing prior to being released or transferred to a housing or other type of facility. Read the policy.
901: Temporary Custody of Juveniles
This policy provides guidelines consistent with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act for juveniles taken into temporary custody by members of the North Liberty Police Department. Read the policy.
902: Custodial Searches
This policy provides guidance regarding searches of individuals in custody. Such searches are necessary to eliminate the introduction of contraband, intoxicants or weapons into the North Liberty Police Department facility. Such items can pose a serious risk to the safety and security of department members, individuals in custody, contractors and the public. Read the policy.
1000: Recruitment, Selection and Job Description
This policy provides a framework for employee recruiting efforts and identifying job-related standards for the selection process. This policy supplements the rules that govern employment practices for the North Liberty Police Department and that are promulgated and maintained by the Human Resources Department. Read the policy.
This policy prohibits retaliation against members who identify workplace issues, such as fraud, waste, abuse of authority, gross mismanagement or any inappropriate conduct or practices, including violations that may pose a threat to the health, safety or well-being of members. Read the policy.
1010: Personnel Complaints
This policy provides guidelines for the reporting, investigation and disposition of complaints regarding the conduct of members of the North Liberty Police Department. This policy shall not apply to any questioning, counseling, instruction, informal verbal admonishment or other routine or unplanned contact of a member in the normal course of duty, by a supervisor or any other member, nor shall this policy apply to a criminal investigation. Read the policy.