Volume 14 | May 2019
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 and News
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, along with some news and information.
The Cedar Rapids Police Department has been awarded full advanced accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). A delegation from the City and Police Department, including City Manager Jeff Pomeranz, Mayor Brad Hart, Police Chief Wayne Jerman, Accreditation Manager Sherri Hawkins, and Accreditation Officer Michael Hass, made a formal presentation at a CALEA Commission hearing on Saturday, May 4 in Huntsville, Alabama. The Police Department joins 698 law enforcement agencies that have earned accreditation. There are 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States.  

Janelle Evans, a Police Records Technician, retired on Friday, May 3 after 18 years of service with the Cedar Rapids Police Department. Police Records Technicians establish files or reports from information received by telephone or directly from the public, type reports, process subpoenas and other court related documents, produce reports for open records requests, and search for information needed by patrol and investigative personnel. The Police Department is currently accepting applications for a Police Records Technician. Applications close on May 24. For more information or to apply, visit the Job Openings page on the City's website .

The 13th Annual Cops vs. Kids Dodge Ball Tournament was held at Harding Middle School on April 26. Over the years, Harding Middle School has raised $22,000 for the Police Department's K9 program to help purchase dogs and provide gear to the animals, police vehicles, and officers so that they can perform their job safely. The officers have a friendly competition with sixth through eighth grade students to win the Jenks Cup, which was added as a prize after K9 Jenks died suddenly in 2015. The students raise money by requiring each student to pay $2 to play dodge ball against the officers. Concession sales also help provide needed donations to the Police K9 program.
Each neighborhood association is adding their own unique flavor to cleanup events this spring. This is part of the City Manager’s 1-Bag Challenge and neighborhood groups coming together to make their neighborhoods look even better. City employees helped pick up litter. Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association shared breakfast with volunteers on April 27 and lunch was grilled up by Police Chief Wayne Jerman.
The Police Department had another successful Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Take Back Day on April 27 with over 30 pounds of unused and/or expired medication collected. There has been a total of 528 pounds collected over the past 6 months. There is a drug drop off box in the front entrance of the Police Station, 505 1st Street SW, that is available 24 hours per day, every day of the year .

D uring the week of April 14, Captain Jeff Hembera was deployed to Pacific Junction in Mills County, Iowa to assist with a re-entry plan for the approximately 260 homes that sustained flood damage. Captain Hembera is a member of the state's Incident Management Team that developed a plan for Urban Search and Rescue teams to mark houses that were structurally sound before the residents could safely re-enter.

  • Do not count or visually display any money you received from the ATM. Immediately put your money into your pocket or purse and count it later. 
  • If you are using a drive-up ATM, be sure passenger windows are rolled up and all doors are locked. If you leave your car and walk to the ATM, lock your car.

Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
Safety Tips
  • Review your bank statements daily and check for unauthorized transactions.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, particularly at night. If you observe or sense suspicious persons or circumstances, do not use the machine at that time.
  • Visually inspect the ATM for possible skimming devices. Potential indicators can include sticky residue or evidence of an adhesive used by criminals to affix a sleeve over the card reader of the ATM, scratches, damaged or crooked pieces, loose or extra attachments on the card slot, or noticeable resistance when pressing the keypad.
  • Be careful that no one can see you enter your PIN at the ATM. Use your other hand or body to shield the ATM keyboard from overhead cameras as you enter your PIN into the ATM.
  • To keep your account information confidential, always take your receipts or transaction records with you.
Upcoming Events
Join us on Saturday, June 8 for First Responder Night at the Cedar Rapids River Kings. This is a fundraiser for the Cedar Rapids Police Protective Charity and the Cedar Rapids Firefighters Foundation . Kickoff is at 7:05 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. The event is at the U.S. Cellular Center. For tickets, visit www.goriverkings.com/first-responder-night or call James at 319-382-9338 or email james@goriverkings.com . Specialty T-shirts will be available for sale! A portion of all ticket sales benefit both the police and fire department charities.
The Police Department is reactivating the Automated Traffic Enforcement system effective June 1, 2019. The use of automated traffic enforcement has resulted in a 62 percent reduction of crashes on the interstate. The system advances public interests of traffic safety and safety of emergency responders. There will be a 30 day grace period where warnings of speed and red light violations will be issued. Citations with fines will be enforced beginning 12:00 a.m. on July 1. For more information, including all camera locations, visit www.cityofcr.com/ate .
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