Volume 2 | May 2018
Cedar Rapids Police Department
Monthly News and Information
Welcome to the Official Monthly Newsletter of the Cedar Rapids Police Department. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and continue to make Cedar Rapids a safe place to live, work, or visit.
Community Engagement
Thank you for the opportunity to connect with you through several activities and events over the past month. Here are highlights of a few of those events.
Sergeant Laura Faircloth and Police PAL Officer Shannon Sampson rode on a College Community School bus on Wednesday, May 2nd. They enjoyed seeing the kids and had great conversations about school, future careers, and the police officer hiring process.
The Freedom Foundation presented the Police Department with two awards on April 24th including the Freedom Foundation Veteran Service Award, which includes a star from a retired American flag, and the Certificate of Honor for “immense kindness and compassion bestowed upon veterans" by police officers.
School Resource Officer Anne Deutmeyer and ID Officer Jessica Heintz developed a new program for youth called “CSI After School” at McKinley Middle School. The program was designed to educate middle school students about employment opportunities in the field of crime scene investigation.
Officer Nate Trimble and K9 Ace stopped by the Linn County Attorney’s Office on April 12th to demonstrate an open air sniff technique. The Police Department has seven K9 teams, including six narcotics dogs and a bomb/
explosives dog. A K9 team is assigned to every shift.
Special Response Team officers were deployed to LaPorte City on April 10th to assist the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office with the search for missing 16-year old Jake Wilson. The teenager, who lives with autism, walked down to a creek near his home on April 7th and never returned.
On April 5th, the Police Department teamed up with area law enforcement to serve lunch at Texas Roadhouse to raise money for the Special Olympics of Iowa. The event helps Special Olympics athletes and coaches provide opportunities throughout Iowa to enjoy sporting activities.
Crime Prevention Tip of the Month
When walking or running, you should always be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to protect yourself. It’s easy to become so focused on your walk or run that you stop paying attention to what’s happening around you. When you’re preoccupied, you make yourself an easy target for an attacker or thief. The Police Department recommends that you recruit a friend to walk or jog with, avoid secluded areas, carry a whistle, and report suspicious activity to 911.
Upcoming Events
The Police Department and Fire Department are co-sponsoring Heroes' Safety Camp from July 16-20, 2018. The camp uses hands-on activities and games to teach valuable life safety lessons. The camp is for children ages 6-8. More information and registration is available at www.cedar-rapids.org/fire .
The Police Department will be at the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday, June 2nd from 7:30 a.m. - Noon. This is part of the City's 10-year flood anniversary event with other City departments. The Police Department's booth will be near the intersection of 5th Street and 3rd Avenue SE.
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