Council Bluffs Police Department

  • Agency: Council Bluffs Police Department
  • Address: 227 S. Sixth St., Council Bluffs, 51503 IA
  • Chief: Keith A Mehlin (Chief of Police)
Phone: (712) 328-4701

Council Bluffs Police Department is located at 227 S. Sixth St., Council Bluffs, 51503 IA. The Chief of Police of the department is Keith A Mehlin. The Council Bluffs Police Department phone number is (712) 328-4701.

Council Bluffs Police Department News

The suspect, John McAuliffe Jr., turned himself in on his outstanding warrants for Attempted Murder, Robbery 1st Degree and Willful Injury. Thank you to the public for the assistance in identifying this individual.

*****This suspect has been recently identified. Thank you to those who were able to help identify him.***** The Council Bluffs Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying one of the suspects involved in a December 30th carjacking, in which a 53 year old Nebraska man was shot.

Shortly after a Kwik Shop Robbery this morning, Officers locate the suspect hiding inside a pickup truck, nearby.

The National Concerns Of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) organization has declared January 9, 2018 as National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). On this day, and in light of recent negativity being given towards law enforcement, they encourage citizens to take time to show their support in one of several ways: • Change your profile picture on social media to the .jpg image provided at • Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement. • Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency. • Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media. • Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement. • Participate in Project Blue Light - Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement. • Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers. • Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards. • Post the public service announcement supplied by C.O.P.S. to your organization’s webpage or social media pages. Most importantly, if you see a police officer, thank a police officer. If you would like more information on the C.O.P.S. Organization and additional ideas on how you can show your support, you can follow this link:

Please note that the planned closures have been rescheduled for next week! We will post the new dates once we receive them.

Today we had a Promotional Ceremony for 2 Officers. To the Chief's right and promoted to Lieutenant is Chad Geer. Lt. Geer was hired in 1996 and served on various shifts of the Uniform Division until 2009, with 2 years spent in CID from 2001-2003. From 2009-2011, he was assigned to the PAR Unit and promoted to Sergeant in 2011, when he went back as a Supervisor in the Uniform Division on both B and C shift. Lt. Geer has also been the Team Leader for the Emergency Services Team from 1998-present. Congratulations on your promotion, Lt. Chad Geer! To the Chief's left and promoted to Sergeant, is Chad Selander. Sgt. Selander was hired in 2001 where he was assigned to both A and B shift in the Uniform Division, until 2003. From 2003-2012 Sgt. Selander was assigned to C shift in the Uniform Division, before he became the SRO for Kirn Middle School, from 2012-2014. Sgt. Selander went back to the Uniform Division, on C shift from 2014 until present, and is Bicycle Officer Certified, a Firearms Instructor and was recently chosen as our newest Bomb Tech. Congratulations on your promotion, Sgt. Chad Selander!

Today, after proudly serving the Council Bluffs Police Department for 36 years and 31 days, Lieutenant Dan Flores will retire. Lt. Flores was sworn in November 30, 1981 and assigned to Uniform Patrol from 1981-1987. He was promoted to Master Police Officer in 1988 and was then assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division from 1988-1996, where he worked as a Detective and then a Sergeant, after his promotion in 1994. In 1996, he was assigned to the Uniform Division; with the opportunity to work on all 3 shifts as Sergeant, with some time spent as the Traffic Unit Sergeant from 1996-2003. Promoted to Lieutenant in 2003, he was assigned to Internal Affairs until 2005. From 2005-until the present he has been assigned to the Uniform Division; working on all 3 shifts as a Lieutenant. Please take a moment to congratulate Lt. Flores on his career and wish him well into retirement.

A male was booked in to Corrections on several charges after he forced his way into a home, late yesterday afternoon.

Today we welcomed our newest Officer to the Department with Chief Carmody swearing in Officer Marcos Marquez. Officer Marquez is originally from Garden City Kansas and a graduate from Metropolitan Community College with a major in Criminal Justice. Shortly, he will be headed to the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy for training and will start the FTO Program upon his return. Welcome to the Department Officer Marquez!

A standoff at 828 Ave B led to the arrest of 2 individuals.

We want to say thank you to Alaynna Jenkins and Jackson Roberts, students at Lewis Central Middle School! Check this out: when tasked with a project in their Leadership Program, they realized while most people are spending time with their families and friends over the holidays, some police officers will be working and might miss out on festivities at their homes. So, Alaynna and Jackson, made dozens of these cute little ornaments by hand (nutcrackers, reindeers and hats) for our officers to bring a little cheer home with them at the end of their shifts. How thoughtful! Thank you so much!

On December 19, 2017 at approximately 9:00 a.m., it was confirmed Michael Thacker was arrested by the Lincoln Police Department in Lincoln, NE on a misdemeanor charge. He is currently in custody at the Lancaster County Jail awaiting extradition to Pottawattamie County for the Murder 1st Degree warrant.

In regards to the Death Investigation on December 11th, 2017, the Council Bluffs Police Department has an outstanding Murder 1st Degree warrant for the arrest of Michael Thacker in connection with the death of David Simpson. Cleo McClellan was arrested on December 13, 2017 after investigators learned that McClellan provided aid to Michael Thacker in the commission of the murder of David Simpson. Michael Thacker is homeless, but believed to still be in the local area. Any member of the public who possibly comes in contact with Michael Thacker is encouraged to call 911 and not to approach him, as he is considered armed and dangerous.

Can you help find a vehicle that hit a house? If so, please call the Traffic Unit at (712) 328-4948 or Crime Stoppers at (712) 328-STOP (7867).

Please help us congratulate and welcome home four of our newest officers - Mike Limberg, Brandon Flowers, Matt Youso and Colby McCord. As members of the 276th Basic Academy Class they just finished 16 weeks of basic training. They will start their field training program tomorrow. Welcome home gentlemen!

As you will see in a couple of posts on our page, we placed the "final" beam on the new Police Station. The ceremony took place at 10 a.m. today, at the building site. The beam was signed by CBPD Officers, City Staff and many other people that helped make this project possible. Again, we would like to thank the community as well. Without the overwhelming support from the community, we could not have gotten to this point. As for the construction process itself, it is currently on schedule and roughly $2,000,000 under budget. Here are some additional pictures of today's event.