Fort Madison Police Department

  • Agency: Fort Madison Police Department
  • Address: 811 Avenue E, Fort Madison, 52627 IA
  • Chief: Bruce Niggemeyer (Chief of Police)
Phone: (319) 372-2525
Fax: (319) 372-7758

Fort Madison Police Department is located at 811 Avenue E, Fort Madison, 52627 IA. The Chief of Police of the department is Bruce Niggemeyer. The Fort Madison Police Department phone number is (319) 372-2525.

Fort Madison Police Department News

FORT MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE 11-3-17 On August 26, 2017 Fort Madison Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Hardees in Fort Madison to investigate a report of an injured male laying on the street. Upon arrival officers observed the victim had been stabbed in the chest as well as cuts to his face. The victim who was conscious at the time indicated he was stabbed at 931 15th St. in Fort Madison. He was able to state that a person he knows as “Shorty” had stabbed him. The victim was then transported to local hospital and then to the University of Iowa Hospitals for further treatment. As a result of the ongoing investigation the suspect “Shorty” was identified as Robert McPherson, 40, of Burlington Iowa. This afternoon, McPherson was located at a residence in Burlington and with assistance from the Burlington Police Department he was taken into custody without incident and has been transported to the Lee County Jail where he is being held on warrants for Attempted Murder a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison and Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury a class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Bond on the warrants is set at $50,000 cash only. A charge being filed is not a plea or finding of guilt all people are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Chief Tim Sittig

FORT MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE 11-2-17 On January 7, 2017 an armed robbery was reported at the Garner Oil Station 2236 Ave. L in Fort Madison. During the robbery an undisclosed amount of cash was taken along with cigars and beer. As a result of the ongoing investigation of this crime two subjects have been identified in this case. Noah Gasaway age 20 of Fort Madison has been arrested on charges of 1st Degree Robbery a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, 2 counts of using a juvenile to commit a crime a class C felony each count faces a penalty of 10 years in prison. He is currently being held at the Lee County Jail on $200,000 bond. Daymeon Virgil age 17 of Fort Madison has been charged and arrested for 1st Degree Robbery a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Virgil is being held on $100,000 bond at the Juvenile Detention Facility. Investigators Brent Gibbs, Dave Doyle, and Officers Emily Rairden, and Dakota Worley were all instrumental in working this case with guidance from the North Lee County Prosecutors Office. Their hard work, dedication and tenacity is a testament to the Fort Madison Iowa Police Department. The filing of charges is not a plea or finding of guilt of guilt all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Chief Tim Sittig

Hy-vee suspect identified. Thanks to the assistance of our community. FMPD

Thank you Lions Club for their amazing Luncheon they provided to Lee County Emergency Personnel at the Parthenon Restaurant in Ft. Madison. It was a great opportunity for FMPD to fellowship with other agencies, enjoy a great lunch and get to know our fellow Lions Club Members. Great job!

Thank you and congratulations to Riverfest for putting on a great family oriented event for our community! Much hard work is done by many all year long to put on an event such as this. We are happy to have seen so many smiling faces! Hats off to the American Legion, Post # 82 annual free will donation breakfast, for Great River Honor Flights. What a fantastic hearty spread! and a nice way to close out the festivities! -FMPD

Just a heads up! we are doing our 2nd annual "Dunkin Doughnuts" dunk tank at the Rivervest festival at Riverview Park! You get the "opp" to dunk a cop! only if you have a good arm that is. All proceeds go to our FMPD Reserve Officer fund. This fund helps take care of those that volunteer to make our city safer! Come see us tomorrow! 12p to 8p! Thank you Riverfest for your hospitality! -FMPD

Just a heads up the deadline for receiving taking reserve officer applications is August 16th. A physical agility test, along with a written exam will be a part of the reserve officer selection. The testing will be held on a date after the 16th TBA. Interviews will for passing applicants will follow. Thanks to all interested in volunteering for our department! -FMPD

FMPD would like to thank and congratulate Capt. Rob Hogan for 25 years of service to our dept! -FMPD

A friendly reminder to our community. The FMPD facebook page is NOT the place to request calls for service, report crimes in progress, or request follow up information on active cases. This is for several reasons a few of them being, privacy, safety and security to all parties involved. Lastly, our FB Admin does not monitor this page enough throughout the day or night to provide immediate public assistance to those in need. Please call our non emergency line 319-372-2525 for assistance. If an emergency please dial 911, this will get you to our county 24hr dispatch service "LeeComm." Ordinance questions and tips are welcomed and we will do our best to get those answered in a timely fashion. Technology is a wonderful thing, we cannot allow it to substitute our overall contact with our citizens in need. We are just a phone call away. Thank you all for the continued support you show! We will continue to keep you updated on whats new with FMPD

FMPD Officers Gray and Gibbs along with FMFD fire fighters Schneider and Easton decided enough of this eye sore is enough. A little elbow grease later.... our community doesn't deserve to see this and our businesses old and new do not deserve to be used as a canvas for hate, agenda and addiction. Though the graffiti has been lifted, the case is very much active and we appreciate all the help and continued assistance from the public. Thank you to the amazing unknown individual(s) that brought and hung up our American flag right over the nasty phrase. We are proud to serve you. Here are a few before and after pictures. -FMPD

FMPD Is currently investigating graffiti "Shoot Cops Not Dope" on the east side of our new Fairway building. A private reward of $1,000 has been offered to the successful arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) that committed this deplorable act. We will not tolerate this rhetoric and will not stand for our local businesses being victimized. Please call FMPD for any information. Thank you!

Today FMPD wishes FMPD Patrolman and Lee County Narcotics Task Force Investigator Jonathan "Jobin" Deen a farewell and best of luck in his new venture in life as he will join the Iowa Probation and Parole High Risk Unit. Jon has served our police department since 2007. We are thankful for his service and dedication to making Fort Madison and Lee County a safer place to call home. Here are just a few pics of Jon, Fmpd Officers, Fmpd Staff and Lee County Sheriffs Office enjoying some cake and ice cream today. Best of luck Jon!

Earlier this year there were some changes made to the City's parking ordinance 9-7. Primarily the fine was changed from $5.00 to $20.00 except for handicap and fire lane violations those will stay the same. FMPD will be using a new designated parking ticket instead of parking violations written on traffic tickets. The ticket will go through city hall instead of the courts. If payment is not made within 30 days the violator will be sent a second notice. If payment is still not made the vehicle will be placed on a tow list and if the vehicle is found on the street or public parking lot it will be subject to tow and impound until the fine is paid. The City parking ordinance is to allow for the free flow of vehicular traffic and to prevent the streets from becoming long term vehicular storage for vehicles that seldom move or are inoperable. Thank you to the community in advance for your cooperation. -Chief of Police Tim Sittig

For those who wish to volunteer and make a difference, the Fort Madison Police Department would like to build our Reserve Police Officer Unit. Reserve Officer qualifications and requirements are formed first by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Applicants will be approved by The Fort Madison Police Department. This venture requires much time and training that will eventually provide a State of Iowa Reserve Officer certification. A quick overview of the process will be the following: Pick up an application from FMPD and return it filled out along with a resume if possible. You will have to possess at least a GED or High School Diploma(additional training preferred). Be over 18 yrs. of age. Pass a thorough background check. Medical and Physical background approval (per IOWA LAW ENFORCEMENT STANDARDS) A written exam and physical agility will also be required by FMPD. Fort Madison Police Dept will provide almost all in-house training for our candidates. This training is mandatory by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Questions regarding the process, Contact FMPD. Thank you -FMPD

Residents, we are asking that you please make an effort to lock your vehicles and homes when you are not occupying them. FMPD cannot stress this enough as items like small change amounts, cell phones, chargers, laptops, even firearms have been taken by opportunist burglars. Firearms carriers PLEASE know that a vehicle is NOT the place for overnight storage. We do not need guns on the loose. A large majority of our burglary cases have been simply due to suspects knowing that the victim(s) do not lock their car or home. We have and will continue to bring these cases to justice. We would love to see more neighborhood watches form to help us solve community issues. We will be happy to provide resources to assist you in this. Car burglaries are a community problem and we are going to solve these cases. Lock it up. FMPD

We are glad none of our brothers in red were injured!

Thanks to the eyes of our helpful citizens the runaway juvenile posted earlier was spotted and apprehended by the FMPD. She is safe. -FMPD

Thank you to our friends Max and Kadence (pictured here) and Kia and Jennifer for the wonderful treats they delivered to us yesterday! We at FMPD most certainly appreciate your kindness!! -FMPD

Recently there has been a spike in vehicle and garage burglaries within the Community. The most recent events occurred over the weekend of 3-25-17 thru 3-26-17. During this time there were approximately six break-ins, on the west side of the City. During these incidents vehicles were ransacked as well as garages. In many of these cases the vehicles and buildings were unlocked and access was easy. The Police are asking that residents make sure their valuables are removed from their cars and the vehicles are locked. Also make sure garage service doors are secured and overhead doors pulled down. The more difficult it is for a would-be burglar or thief to commit a crime the more likely it is they will not victimize you. The Police Department is actively investigating these cases and seeking leads, if anyone has any knowledge of these incidents please do not hesitate to contact the Fort Madison Police Department at 319-372-2525. FMPD

Fort Madison Police Department News Release. 02/09/2017 On 2/8/2017, at 12:22pm, The Fort Madison Police Department was notified of a white male subject driving a gray vehicle near 16th street and Avenue H. The driver was reported to be acting strangely and possibly impaired. Fort Madison Officers found the vehicle in the intersection of 14th and Avenue D with the driver kneeling outside the vehicle. The subject got back into the vehicle and began driving. Officers followed the vehicle and observed it being operated in a reckless manner nearly causing a collision with another motorist. The officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle at which time, the driver refused to stop. Officers with the Fort Madison Police Department and the Lee County Sheriff's Office were led on a low speed pursuit throughout the streets of Fort Madison. During this time, the driver was observed committing several traffic offenses. The pursuit ended in the 3700 block of Avenue L, after the driver finally stopped his vehicle. He was taken into custody without further incident. The driver was identified as Bernard Eugene Boggs of Fort Madison. Boggs is facing several traffic infractions along with eluding police officers. Boggs was transported to the Lee County Correctional Facility.

1-10-17 On Saturday 1-7-17 at approximately 3:00 a.m. three individuals entered the Garner Oil Co. (Phillips 66 station) at 2236 Ave. L in Fort Madison and robbed the clerk at gunpoint. They took an undisclosed amount of cash, cigarettes, and a case of beer. The suspects were wearing masks and hoodies to disguise themselves and their identity is not known at this time. They fled on foot towards the area around Hy-Vee. The three suspects appeared to be males, two appeared to be tall and thin one was shorter and stockier. They were wearing black sweat pants stocking masks, hoodies pulled up over their heads. The Fort Madison Police Department is vigorously investigating this case and if anyone has any knowledge of this incident to contact the Fort Madison Police Department at 319-372-2525.

Dear Local business leaders, It has come to my attention that there have been an increasing number of robberies in which the victims are employees of contractors at the Fertilizer plant north of Fort Madison. Many of the victims are not English speaking and have trouble communicating with authorities when they are victimized. Employees at the fertilizer plant are usually paid on Thursdays or Fridays and they tend to cash their checks and then buy money orders to transfer funds back to their families. The perpetrators of these crimes are watching the places where the checks are cashed then follow the victim and rob them somewhere else. Most of the employees at the fertilizer plant are honest hard working people and do not deserve to be treated this way. Many of these workers end up quitting creating a labor shortage for the contractors. I am asking you as business owners and managers to notify your employees to be on the lookout for suspicious activity in and around your businesses especially on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays when pay checks are being cashed or money orders are being purchased. If you or your employees see something suspicious please do not hesitate to call the police. Try to obtain as much detail as you can regarding vehicle descriptions, and physical descriptions of suspicious people. We are fortunate in Fort Madison that we have not had any of this type of activity reported to the police. The Police Department is working hard to deter these robberies and are seeking your assistance in this matter. Thank you for your time and consideration in the matter. Tim Sittig Chief of Police

Today FMPD bids farewell and a happy retirement to an absolutely wonderful employee and fellow co-worker! Chief clerk Kathy Benda served FMPD FOR 35 amazing years!! She provided a plethora of knowledge and information for our department and was such a joy to work with!! On behalf of everyone at FMPD, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE. Congratulations on your retirement! You will be sorely missed!