Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
The mission of the Cedar Rapids Police Department is to actively involve everyone in a team effort to serve, protect, and prevent crime and disorder by training, educating, informing, and involving ALL in order to provide a safe and secure community in an effective and efficient manner.
COMMUNITY UPDATE REGARDING POLICE REFORM ISSUES
The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has brought issues to the forefront in communities throughout the United States concerning police brutality, policy reform, and other policing policies. The City of Cedar Rapids and the Cedar Rapids Police Department welcomes conversations that can improve our police operations and interactions with the community. Citizen engagement is one of the best ways to continue to build trust and relationships between citizens and their local government, including police services. This is an opportunity for the community to learn more about actions planned, and the policies, procedures, and programs already in place that provide dignity and respect for all individuals.
Police Reform Issues
The safety of our community is our top priority. Police Officers are continuing to respond to calls for service. There are many services that can be conducted online or by telephone.
To report an emergency, call 911.
For non-emergency calls, please call 319-286-5491.
Please use the links below to submit a request electronically to the Police Department. A Police Department employee will be in contact with you as soon as possible:
TO REPORT A CRIME (NOT IN PROGRESS)
TO OBTAIN A COPY OF A REPORT
YOUTH ACADEMY UPDATE
Due to the ongoing public health emergency, we will be unable to host Youth Police Academy sessions this summer. These programs have been very popular and give kindergarten through 8th grade students an opportunity to learn what it is like to be a police officer. The health and safety of the community is our top priority. We look forward to future youth outreach programs.
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VOLUNTARY SURVEILLANCE CAMERA REGISTRATION PROGRAM
The Cedar Rapids Police Department is encouraging citizens to register their private surveillance cameras with the Police Department to help reduce crime in our community and aid in the apprehension of criminals. Camera footage has proven instrumental in solving and prosecuting crimes. This new voluntary registration program allows citizens to be proactive in their neighborhoods. If a crime should occur, the registration database will be beneficial for officers and investigators to be able to know where surveillance video may be available. Typically, officers and investigators are required to canvass neighborhoods to obtain this information; this new program will be a more efficient means of crime investigation.
Registration database information will not be available to the public; rather the information collected is only for law enforcement use. The Police Department will not be able to look at camera images without permission of the owner. Camera images would be requested only for aiding a criminal investigation. There are no minimum camera equipment requirements and the Police Department is not inspecting any of these personal surveillance systems. This voluntary registration program is not a suitable substitute for the current business surveillance cameras in service as part of the City’s surveillance camera ordinance.
RESIDENTIAL CAMERA REGISTRATION PROGRAM
START A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH!
The Police Department is encouraging citizens to form or revitalize a Neighborhood Watch program in your neighborhood. Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear. MORE DETAILS
POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFERS CRIME MAPPING TOOLS
Crime Mapping Tool
STAY INFORMED ABOUT POLICE RESPONSES IN THE COMMUNITY
Use the Police Department's searchable database to look up calls for service by date or location. The information is updated daily.
CALLS FOR SERVICE
The Police Department publishes a monthly newsletter that you can have sent directly to your email.
Newsletter Sign Up
We want to hear from you about your experience with the Cedar Rapids Police Department. Please take a moment and complete this survey based upon your recent experience with member(s) of the Police Department.
Police Department - Citizen Survey
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