Cedar Rapids Police Department

  • Agency: Cedar Rapids Police Department
  • Address: 505 1st Street SW, Cedar Rapids, 52404 IA
  • Chief: Dick Stephens (Acting Chief of Police)

Cedar Rapids Police Department is located at 505 1st Street SW, Cedar Rapids, 52404 IA. The Acting Chief of Police of the department is Dick Stephens. The Cedar Rapids Police Department phone number is (319) 286-5529.

Cedar Rapids Police Department News

The Cedar Rapids Police Department will be participating in a Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) - Regional 420 Enforcement project from April 20th through April 22nd that focuses on drug-impaired driving. With ever-increasing incidents of drug-impaired driving on our nation’s roadways, NHTSA and the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau put together a “Regional 420 Enforcement” mobilization. The term ‘420’ has become synonymous with drug use and that is why this enforcement project was planned for 4/20. The “Regional 420 Enforcement” aims to bring awareness and enforcement to the issue of drug-impaired driving across the region. The Cedar Rapids Police Department will have additional officers on patrol this coming weekend to be on the lookout for impaired drivers. Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and illegal drugs may cause impairment alone or in combination with each other and/or with alcohol. In NHTSA’s National Roadside Survey conducted in 2013-2014, nearly one in four drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could potentially affect safe driving skills.

***Spring snow storm*** (Don't like typing that) Accumulation 1-3 inches The temperatures will stay below freezing into Monday morning so plan your commute. Leave early - slow down - increase distance - headlights on #ArriveAlive

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in the identification of a theft suspect. The suspect is allegedly using stolen credit cards to make large gift card purchases at businesses throughout the Cedar Rapids area. The suspect is pictured in the surveillance photographs. Citizens who can identify the individual in the surveillance photographs are encouraged to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5756 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or text CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip. You can continue to trade information with an investigator. Text STOP to opt out at any time. Please reference case #2018-05092. Disclaimer: Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Officer Nate Trimble and K9 Ace stopped by the Linn County Attorney’s Office today and did an open air sniff demonstration! Thanks for letting Ace show his skills!

TRAFFIC ALERT: The power is out in portions of southwest Cedar Rapids and the traffic signal at Williams Boulevard and Edgewood Road SW is not functioning. All vehicles should come to a stop before they then safely proceed through the intersection. Officers are on scene. Please use caution - this is one of the busiest intersections with the most lanes in the City. Estimated power restoration is 30 minutes. Posted: 04/11/2018 10:10 a.m.

Members of the CRPD Special Response Team (SRT) were deployed to assist with the efforts in La Porte City.

This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week! As the first person to have contact with every crime, fire, and medical emergency, the 9-1-1 Dispatcher continues to be an invaluable resource to the Joint Communications Agency and the Citizens of Cedar Rapids. Dispatchers are the GATEWAY to every emergency that takes place and Call For Service. They protect responders and save citizen lives on a daily basis. From all the police officers, thank you dispatchers for all of your efforts!

Congratulations to retired Sergeant Cristy Hamblin who was the deserving recipient of the "Jennifer Clinton Award" yesterday. This annual award is presented by the Linn County Attorney’s Office to the person or group that best exemplifies the high ideals and principles personified by former Assistant Linn County Jennifer Clinton as an advocate for victims of crime. This is Crime Victims' Rights Week and Sgt. Hamblin passionately committed herself to victims of domestic violence during her career with the Cedar Rapids Police Department. Sgt. Hamblin taught domestic abuse response training for officers at the Cedar Rapids Police Department Regional Academy and developed a lethality assessment for officers to use during domestic abuse responses. If the victim’s answers to the questions are enough to alarm an officer, the officer will call a service provider while still on the scene. If the victim does not want to speak to the social services agency, the agency or officer still will work with the victim on a safety plan, which could include having a bag packed and ready at a neighbor’s house.

☀️ Just think of how hot it will be in a couple of months that you will wish for a little snowfall. It’s mind over matter. Plan on a few extra minutes to drive safely on your Monday morning commute.

Online registration is now open for the 2018 Heroes' Safety Camp! This camp is put on by the Safe Kids Linn County, CR Police Department, and Cedar Rapids Fire Department for children ages 6-8. The dates are July 16th-20th. Children will have the opportunity to do lots of fun activities while learning about safety! For more information or to register, use the link below. #CRYOUth http://www.cedar-rapids.org/local_government/departments_a_-_f/fire/kids_camp_opportunities.php

We had a great time serving lunch and raising money for Special Olympics Iowa today! A huge thanks to Texas Roadhouse for providing the delicious food! We appreciate all of you who stopped by, enjoyed lunch, and then made a donation! We even had the pleasure of talking with several Special Olympics coaches and athletes! #CRYOUth

April is child abuse prevention month. Prevent Child Abuse Iowa and a group of students from Cedar Rapids Community School District Metro High School placed pinwheels on the front walkway of the Police Station to raise awareness about child abuse issues. The Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign provides a unique opportunity for all of us, individuals and organizations alike, to take action by learning more about prevention, supporting child and family friendly policies and services, and volunteering at the local, state, and national levels. #CRYOUth

Good food, good cause - this Thursday, please join us to help Special Olympics Iowa at Texas Roadhouse - Cedar Rapids, 2605 Edgewood Road SW. Lunch will be served by area law enforcement and 100 percent of your donation goes to the Special Olympics of Iowa! #CRYOUth

***Rain switches to snow *** ***Temperature near freezing ** Dangerous combination Slowdown - leave early - headlights - increase distance #ArriveAlive

MEDIA RELEASE: Fatal Accident in 3200 Block of 6th Street SW Investigation Results (April 2, 2018) The Cedar Rapids Police Department has completed the accident investigation involving a male victim found deceased in the roadway in the 3200 block of 6th Street SW at 11:40 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13th. The victim was identified as Lavell Robinson Jr., DOB/01-10-1989, age 29, of Coralville. According to several witnesses, the victim was last seen walking on the shoulder of the roadway and appeared to have stumbled to the ground. As officers were on scene, an individual that was driving a Jeep indicated that they had struck the victim as he was lying in the roadway. The investigation determined that there were 3 factors involved in the fatality: • The victim had the presence of alcohol and tested positive for other drugs. • The victim was wearing dark clothing and was lying on the ground in the roadway when struck by one vehicle. Evidence from the vehicle that struck the pedestrian was indicative that the victim was already on the ground. • The victim was in the roadway and not at a crosswalk or intersection. Investigators were able to obtain surveillance video that indicated that only one vehicle (the Jeep) was involved in the accident. There were no other vehicles involved. There will be no criminal charges filed in this incident.

Excellent story from KGAN CBS 2 about our Police Explorers Program. Thank you for helping us get out the word about this terrific program for youth who may be interested in a law enforcement career. #CRYOUth

Easter for children can mean egg hunts, baskets of candy, and going to the mall to meet the Easter Bunny. Easter for our pets can mean temptations to chew, ingest, and lick things that aren’t good for them. With Easter right around the corner, here are a few tips to help you keep your pet safe through the Easter celebrations. 1: Say No to Easter Grass. Easter grass can make a baskets look really pretty but can be dangerous for dogs and cats if they chew on it or ingest it. Use tissue paper instead or, if you do use Easter grass, keep those baskets out of reach of your pets. 2: Keep Chocolate Away from Pets. Chocolate contains theobromine and can cause hyperactivity, seizures, and an elevated heart rate in dogs. Be sure to keep the Easter stash hidden and away from your dog. 3: Sugar Substitute Xylitol is Toxic to Pets. The sugar substitute xylitol, a sweetener which is often found in candy, gum and some baked goods, is toxic to dogs and cats. A drop in blood sugar can occur and cause problems such as seizures and liver failure if ingested. Put your dog in another room while the kids celebrate Easter and dive into that basket of candy and chocolate. 4: Easter Lilies Are Toxic to Cats. Cats think Easter lilies are pretty too, and they often have a tendency to chew on them. These flowers are toxic to cats and can cause vomiting and lethargy. If your cat has a tendency to jump on every surface in the house, be sure to find a safe, out-of-the-way place to display the flowers. Better yet, avoid having Easter lilies in the house to keep your cat safe. 5: Table Scraps Can Be Harmful to Pets. The spices, and fat content in table scraps can make your pet ill, upset their stomach, or cause other problems such as obesity and behavior problems. Remind your family and guests to not give any food to the dog. A good idea is to crate your dog during dinner or have him hang out in another room with a toy or Kong with some treats to distract him. 6: Don’t Lose Track of Where You Hide Easter Eggs. Real or fake eggs might be mistaken as a treat or toy by your dog and if he eats or chews on a fake plastic egg, it can cause intestinal problems. Real eggs that have been forgotten during an Easter egg hunt can spoil and if your dog finds them a few days later and eats them, expect an upset stomach. Keep track of the number of eggs you hide in your yard and where they are to gather up any undiscovered ones after the hunt is over. 7: Stuffed Easter Toys for Kids May Not Be Suitable for Pets. The plastic, stuffing or other parts of stuffed bunnies, chickens, and other Easter toys can cause serious intestinal blockages or an upset stomach if swallowed. Keep the baskets out of reach of your pet. 8: Crowds Can Be a Challenge with Pets. It’s always best to keep pets in a quiet room away from the clamor of visiting friends, family, and guests. Make your pet comfortable with some food, water, and their bed. They’ll appreciate the time alone, and you’ll appreciate the peace of mind knowing that your pet is safe. About Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control You can view a list of the many wonderful pets we have available for adoption by visiting our PetFinder website at http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/IA125.html. Shelter hours are Monday-Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m.

There are a couple of great events going on today! Coffee with a Cop is happening at the Northwest Rec Center, 1340 11th St. NW. Stop in for some coffee and conversation with CRPD staff. They'll be there until 11am. Our friends at the Cedar Rapids Fire Department are hosting an Adult Resource Expo at the Central Fire Station, 713 1st Ave. SE. Stop by between 11am and 1pm. There will be many booths with safety information and helpful resources!

MEDIA RELEASE: Vehicle Recovery Operation Conducted (March 26, 2018) In partnership with the Johnson County Dive Team, the Cedar Rapids Police Department and Cedar Rapids Fire Department conducted a vehicle recovery operation this morning near the Mohawk boat ramp, 101 J Avenue NW. The vehicle was located in the Cedar River and has been removed from the water. The vehicle, a 2006 Buick Lucerne, was involved in an incident that occurred on March 11th. Cedar Rapids police officers and firefighters responded to a report of a car in the river near the Mohawk boat ramp at 4:44 p.m. on March 11th. Boaters on the river pulled an adult female and two children from the sinking car and assisted them onto their ski boats. The adult female and children were still on the boats when public safety personnel arrived at the scene. The vehicle is being recovered as part of the ongoing investigation into the incident. The adult female remains hospitalized.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in the identification of a theft suspect. The suspect allegedly used a stolen credit card to purchase items at two southwest side merchants on March 4th. The suspect and a suspect vehicle are pictured in the attached surveillance photographs. Citizens who can identify the individual in the surveillance photographs are encouraged to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5458 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or text CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip. You can continue to trade information with an investigator. Text STOP to opt out at any time. Please reference case #2018-03325. Disclaimer: Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

FREE bike helmets for kids! Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 17th, and join us at the Kernels game! Use the link or phone number below to get Club tickets for $8/each (usually $11). The first 200 kids to stop by the bike helmet booth can get a FREE helmet! It's also Guns and Hoses Night! #ThinkSpring #SafeKids #CRYOUth

Tonight is the night we get our trophy back from the Cedar Rapids Fire Department. We look forward to seeing you all at the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders game tonight.

Good morning, today would be a good day to catch up on any TV shows on your DVR, read a book, or play board games. Notice that we didn’t list driving around! CRPD responded to 14 accidents between 11 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. today. Here’s the latest news to know about this winter storm: - Winter Storm Warning extended to 10 p.m. this evening with additional snowfall, heavy at times, continuing today. Total snowfall of 7-10 inches, with locally higher amounts to a foot of snowfall. - A Snow Emergency has been declared for the city of Cedar Rapids, effective immediately and until noon on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Cars should not be parked on Emergency Snow Routes. Vehicles parked on designated Snow Routes after a Snow Emergency has been declared may be ticketed and/or towed. A list of Emergency Snow Routes can be found on the City’s website: http://bit.ly/2FN3HCu. Snow routes are also designated with signage, and are often found near hospitals, schools, and serve as transit routes. - The Forestry division of the Parks and Recreation Department reminds residents of the following information related to storm tree damage. If limbs fall from city owned parkway or right-of-way trees, place the smaller limbs near the curb for pickup. It is not necessary to cut them. If the limbs are too large to move easily, contact Forestry and city staff will clean them up. If damage was caused to your home or car by the tree, contact your insurance company before removing the debris. Call Forestry at 319-286-5747 to report limbs from city owned trees for pick-up. Timing for removal will depend on the severity of the storm. For removal of trees blocking streets and roadways, contact Forestry during business hours or the Police Department at 319-286-5491 after business hours. Forestry will first clear the street and then possibly return at a later time to pick up any debris or leftover city limbs. For more information: http://www.cedar-rapids.org/news_detail_T6_R748.php - Travel conditions will be difficult today with reduced visibility. If you must travel, bring an extra flashlight, food and water. Make sure your cell phone is charged in case you need to contact emergency services. - Think Spring.

The National Weather Service just updated their snowfall forecast. Those double digits are not typos. 👇 Good time to wrap up the run to the store for milk and bread, and settle in for the evening. Stay home if you can.