Police officers regularly attend neighborhood meetings and participate in community events to learn about and solve issues. The department recognizes the need for change aimed at developing innovate, effective, and cost-effective methods to deliver police service and to solve problems.
The Police Department has developed several community outreach programs for you to learn more about community policing, the law enforcement profession, and how you can make a difference in the community.
Police officers build bonds with the youth of our community through the Police PAL program and by having School Resource Officers in area high schools.
The Cedar Rapids Police Protective Association (CRPPA) hosts an annual “Shop with a Cop” program to assist children with back-to-school supplies in the fall.
A second "Shop with a Cop" event is held in December in which a “Santa Cop” assists children with winter coats, boots and hats/mittens. This event is appropriately named Santa Cop, as the child also selects a present.
The Cedar Rapids Police Department held four Youth Academies in 2016. Those in attendance were given a tour of the Police Station and learned about the Honor Guard, Explosive Ordinance Devices (Bombs) team, Tasers, Bike Patrol, Narcotics Division, K-9 Unit, Crime Prevention, Special Response Team, Investigations and more.
The Police Department also has a Citizens Police Academy, Police Explorers, and Police Volunteer Corps.
The Cops-n-Kids Program is designed to foster a love of reading, while promoting positive youth development,
Look for police officers at neighborhood events and other community activities. We look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with you through our various community engagement activities.
Community Outreach Officer
Sergeant Cristy Hamblin is the department's Community Outreach Officer. She manages tours, Citizens Police Academy, LGBT, Volunteer Corps and coordinates community events. Her phone is 319-286-5439 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org