Grinnell Police Department

  • Agency: Grinnell Police Department
  • Address: 1020 Spring Street, Grinnell, 50112 IA
  • Chief: Jody Matherly (Chief of Police)
Phone: (641) 236-2670
Fax: (641) 236-2652

Grinnell Police Department is located at 1020 Spring Street, Grinnell, 50112 IA. The Chief of Police of the department is Jody Matherly. The Grinnell Police Department phone number is (641) 236-2670.

Grinnell Police Department News

Almost that time of year again! Shop with a Cop will take place on December 2nd, 2017. Each year 8 to 10 families with at least one middle school aged child are chosen by the Grinnell Middle School, to shop with a Cop for the holidays. A police officer takes the child shopping to pick out gifts for the entire family. On that day after shopping the officers wrap gifts with the children and have lunch. Donations are accepted year around, and may be dropped off at the Police Department or at the Community 1st Credit Union.

Although GPD is not participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, please remember this is a service we provide for our community throughout the year. Monday through Friday during business hours the Police Department has a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription medications. We have a designated locked drop box in our lobby for the medications and encourage people to go through their meds on regular basis to check for expired dates.

During the month of November, members of the Grinnell Police Department will be participating in a fundraiser – “No-Shave November”. Many members of the department will be growing beards for the month in exchange for a donation to the American Breast Cancer Foundation. Officers hope their show of support will help educate about breast cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those who are currently battling this horrific disease. The American Breast Cancer Foundation was chosen to be the beneficiary of this fundraiser because our own Theresa Petersen is a breast cancer survivor. Theresa, with character and determination, battled this disease and set an example for all of us to follow. Members of the community, who may wish to contribute to this cause, may write a check (No cash please) payable to the American Breast Cancer Foundation and drop it off at the Public Safety Building to the attention of Chief Reilly. All donations received will be sent together, in tribute to Captain Petersen, to the American Breast Cancer Foundation on November 13th.”

Annual Grinnell Police Department Reseve Unit Soup Supper Fundraiser. Menu includes Chili, Chili Dogs, and Desserts. Money raised will be use dfor equipment and training of the reserve unit.

Coffee with a Cop is on Wednesday, October 4th at various locations in Grinnell. Please join us in an informal setting to discuss community issues and build relationships. Grinnell Hy-Vee 7am-8:30am Joe Rosenfield Center – The Grill 9am – 10:30am Saints Rest Coffee House 1:30pm-3pm

Please take a moment today to remember the victims and families of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Fall CPA program begins Tuesday Sept 26, 2017. Classes will meet every Tuesday evening from 6pm to 8:30 pm. This eight-week program is designed primarily for the community to better understand how their Police Department functions. The attendees learn many facets of law enforcement duties, from basic patrol to firearms to criminal investigations. Applications are available at the Grinnell Police Department or on the City of Grinnell website.

Grinnell Police Department is looking for assistance in identifying this suspect and vehicle. The individual is suspect of passing counterfeit bills in town. If you have any information please contact Grinnell Police at 236-2670

In honor of Grinnell Officer Warren H. Binegar 8/29/1948 Officer Binegar succumbed to injuries received when he was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic at the scene of an accident.

Come join us for a glimpse into the inner workings of the Grinnell Police Department. CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY FALL SESSION September 26 through November 14th, 2017. Classes meet every Tuesday, 6pm to 8:30pm for eight weeks. The Citizens Academy provides information and hands-on experience in law enforcement practices such as Traffic Stops, Defensive Tactics, Firearms Training, and Criminal Investigations. A tour of our facility and the opportunity to participate in a patrol “ride-along” will be included. There is no charge for the program. The purpose of the Academy is to provide information and to gain a better understanding of Law Enforcement. It is our hope that the academy will improve police/community relations through this education process. In turn, our department becomes more aware of the concerns and ideas of the community from the participants’ interaction and input. Applicants must meet certain criteria and complete necessary release forms. Applications are available at the Grinnell Police Department or on the City of Grinnell Website.

Quality Striping will be painting parking stalls in the Central Business District beginning at 11 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28th. GPD will enforce no parking in the area beginning at 11 p.m. that evening. This area encompasses the streets bordered by West Street, 6th Avenue, and both sets of railroad tracks. If weather does not cooperate this work will be rescheduled.

The Grinnell Police Department and Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office want you to have a safe Labor Day holiday. Law Enforcement will be stepping up enforcement from August 18 – September 3, 2017, with emphasis on impaired driving and seat belt use. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over! • Even if you only plan to have one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home. It is NEVER okay to drink and drive. • Download NHTSA’s (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) SaferRide mobile app available on Google Play for Android devices and Apple’s ITunes Store for IOS devices. • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement agency. • Take the keys away and make arrangements to get friends home if they have been drinking and are planning to drive.

National Night Out 2017

Join us tonight for National Night Out!

Remember to sign up your Middle School aged child for Camp 911! Camp dates are August 2nd- 3rd, 10 am – 3pm at the Grinnell Public Safety Building. The camp is free and you can sign up at the Parks and Recreation Office or contact Police Officer Mike Dickenson at the Grinnell Police Department. Lunch will be provided each day and each participant receives a “Camp 911” t-shirt.

With the All Class Reunion and Friday Fest activities happening there will be an increased volume of vehicle and pedestrian traffic in downtown Grinnell. We ask that all drivers and pedestrians be extra aware of their surroundings as they travel tonight.

National Night Out August 1st 2017

This year’s Camp 911 is August 2nd -3rd, 10am – 3pm at the Grinnell Public Safety Building. The program is designed to give Middle School aged children an in depth look into what public safety officials do on a daily basis. The program covers a wide range of topics including an introduction to police work, review of our equipment, a mock crime scene, a tour of the Public Safety building including the Fire Station and a ride on the Fire trucks, tour of Midwest Ambulance and all their equipment, defensive tactics overview, Investigation of Drug related crimes, Traffic/OWI Enforcement including use of the "drunk goggles", and a presentation by Grinnell Regional Medical Center on the role the hospital plays in our community. Lunch will be provided each day and each participant receives a "Camp 911" t-shirt. The camp is free and you can sign up at the Parks and Recreation Office or contact Police Officer Mike Dickenson at the Grinnell Police Department.

Summer 2017 Grinnell PD is starting Cones for Helmets Campaign. Grinnell Officers will be getting out with kids around town and handing out coupons for a free ice cream cone for either McDonalds or the Dari Barn. What do the kids need to do to earn a coupon? Simply wear their bike helmet. Please remind your kids to ride as they normally would, so that they don’t cause an accident. Several other tips and reminders for those riding bikes this summer. Make sure you’re following all traffic laws, such as stopping at stop signs and lights. Remember to please keep bikes off the sidewalks in the downtown area. If you’re riding after dark make sure to purchase lights for the front and back of your bike. Bike locks are a simple fix to protect your bike. Finally, remember to have fun this summer and to always wear your helmet. Big thank you again to Pat Hatting at Northwestern Mutual, Dari Barn and McDonalds for making this all possible. Officer Bryce Doane #211

ALICE INSTRUCTOR TRAINING HOSTED BY THE GRINNELL POLICE DEPARTMENT This 2-Day training course is designed to teach law enforcement as well as school, church, hospital and workplace administrators and employees the skills and strategies that bridge the gap between the time a violent event begins and law enforcement arrives. August 16th and 17th, 2017 at the Grinnell Public Safety Building. Contact Officer Mike Dickenson at for more information. Mention Alice Training when booking a room at The Comfort Inn in Grinnell, IA before August 1st, 2017 and receive the discounted price per night of $84.99 plus tax.