Omaha Police Department

  • Agency: Omaha Police Department
  • Address: 505 South 15th Street, Omaha, 68102 NE
  • Chief: Alex Hayes (Chief of Police)
Phone: (402)444-5600

Omaha Police Department is located at 505 South 15th Street, Omaha, 68102 NE. The Chief of Police of the department is Alex Hayes. The Omaha Police Department phone number is (402)444-5600.

Omaha Police Department News

You hear a lot about the OPD Gang Unit, but you may not know how this team is making our city safer. These officers work as a team to identity dangerous criminals and violent crimes. Today, The Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program recognized their work with the Outstanding Investigative Effort Award. What does this mean? Our Gang Unit and the U.S Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Firearms Squad work together to reduce the number of gun crimes and homicides in our community. This investigation recovered 40 firearms, narcotics including marijuana, crack cocaine, cocaine and methamphetamine, and $10,000. Eight of the seized firearms have been linked to unsolved shooting incidents in our city. We are honored to accept this award, but the true prize is a safe city.

Thank you to everyone that made it out to our Pop with a Cop event! We had a wonderful time meeting so many people and seeing so many big smiles. Extra special thanks to Oak View Mall for hosting us, Burger King for the free pop, Vic's Corn Popper for the free popcorn, El Alambre - Omaha for the tacos, and Sarku Japan for the egg rolls! Again, we had a great time and can't express our appreciation of such a supportive community. OPD is truly grateful and fortunate. If you have any photos from the event you'd like to share - send us a message and we'll get them added to the album!

David Haile has always wanted to be a police officer but his health stood in the way. David’s sister reached out to us through Facebook to explain her brother’s dream job and his failing health. She told us she thought she was going to lose him at one point. We're touched by the message and David's support even in his toughest times. So, Chief Schmaderer and several officers stopped by the hospital to meet David and chat about one of David’s favorite things, police work! We think that Join OPD shirt looks great on him! We spend our days fighting to serve our community, but David’s fight is one that we admire. Good luck on your recovery! It was a pleasure meeting you!

Did you apply to Join OPD? Here is an important update from our backgrounds unit.

**Don't forget - Pop with a Cop is tonight!** Not only is today #TacoTuesday, but it's also our Pop with a Cop at the food court in Oak View Mall! The event will run from 5pm - 7pm. Kids will receive free pop from Burger King, free popcorn from Vic's Corn Popper, and a free taco from El Alambre - Omaha! (Parents don't fret, tacos are only $1.50 for adults!) Come ask questions, take pictures, and interact with our officers in a fun and neutral setting.

Partnerships with all of our local first responders keep our community safe. Here’s a great story about teamwork. Omaha Police Officer Sterling Hitch graduated from our Police Academy just a few weeks ago. Last Thursday, Officer Hitch and his Field Training Officer Aram Normandin were the first to arrive on the scene of a crash. Officer Hitch could see one woman was seriously injured, so he used his training to help her until Omaha Fire arrived moments after. Our officers and local firefighters are trained so they can serve each other and all of you in a crisis. Thank you Officer Hitch and Officer Normandin.

For all of you that will be partaking in some extra curricular St. Patrick’s Day activities that may include ingesting large volumes of green beer, you might want to check this video out first! Typically, your body can only metabolize one drink per hour. Anything beyond that will lead you down the path of bad decisions, AKA intoxication. #KnowTheFacts #DrinkResponsibly #DesignateADriver #Uber #Lyft

Be the lucky one this St. Patrick’s Day and get home safely. St. Patrick's is typically one of our busiest days. We will have extra officers patrolling this weekend. Please plan ahead and designate a sober driver. Here are a few safe ride options for you: Hauptman, O'Brien, Wolf & Lathrop is offering a #saferidehome free cab ride through Happy Cab from Saturday at noon until 2:00 am Sunday. Call Happy Cab at 402-292-2222. Advise the call center that you would like the Hauptman O’Brien Safe Ride Home. More information here: AAA Tow-To-Go is partnering with Budweiser and will also be offering free rides. Call 855- 286-9246 for a ride. A AAA tow truck will transport you and your vehicle to a safe location within 10 miles. Click here for more information: Being safe this weekend is not lucky… it’s smart.

For the first time, the First Responders Foundation will sponsor a team for the Run-Walk to Remember 5K. Officers will be running to remind you to “Keep Kids Alive and Drive 25”, remembering lives lost to traffic accidents and to raise awareness for road safety. The run is a good reminder that more people are out jogging, biking and walking this time of year. Please be alert for pedestrians. If you would like to help spread awareness for road safety, you can register to join us. Click on this link for more information, The run-walk will be held Saturday, April 14th at 8:00 am at Skutt High School. 3131 South 156th St.

Social media followers, last week we identified a shoplifting suspect with your help! Now we have another case for you! This man is also suspected of multiple shoplifting crimes. If you can identify him, submit your tip to Crime Stoppers at or use our mobile P3 app. You could be eligible for a cash reward. Thank you for your help! Crime Stoppers works because of you. For more images like this and more chances to be eligible for cash rewards, follow @OPDCrimeStop on Twitter.

Last night, Officer Jennifer Turner visited the The Hope Center for Kids for a tour and to learn more about their mission. A pretty routine visit turned special. While she talked with Hope Center staff, a line of kids came in. She reached out to give each one a high-five. Before she even got started, the first little boy looked up and asked “Can I hug you instead?” and a chain reaction of hugs began. Moments like this are one of the reasons we love this job. We are still encouraging all law enforcement officers to take our #SchoolSafetyChallenge. Let’s work together to make a difference through engagement.

We love these little surprises! Our officers received these handwritten cards of support this week. Little gestures like this remind us why our job is so special. We love hearing from the community we serve. Thank you for your support RuthAnne.

Do you want to get an inside look at the Omaha Police Department? Registration for our Northwest Citizen’s Academy is now open! In the six-week academy you will learn what it takes to be a narcotics officer. You will learn what it’s like to patrol from the sky with our air support team, speak with members of our SWAT and bomb teams, and take a closer look at crimes with the OPD forensics investigation unit. These are just a few experiences you will have when you sign up for our Citizen’s Academy. We can’t wait for you to take a closer look! To register, email Additional information is listed on the flyer below.

UPDATE: Charlotte has been located. Thanks everyone for keeping a lookout for her. The Omaha Police Department, Special Victims Unit is asking for assistance in locating a missing vulnerable teen. Charlotte Dixson, a 14-year old, white female was last seen on Monday, March 12th at 7:16 p.m. by her mother at their residence in the area of 28th and Monroe Street. Charlotte was wearing a pink coat and shorts; however, she may have since changed clothing. Investigators have been actively searching for Charlotte but are now exhausting all leads. OPD has no specific information that Charlotte is in danger; however, we are concerned due to her age and social skills. If you know where Charlotte is currently at, or have seen her within the past 24 hours, please contact 911. If you have information regarding where Charlotte may be, but are not certain, please contact the Child Victim / Sexual Assault Unit at 402-444- 5636 or Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP (7867), at or on the P3 Tips mobile app.

Mark it in your calendars! Next Tuesday - March 20th - the Southwest precinct will be hosting a Pop with a Cop! 5pm - 7pm Oak View Mall Food Court ( 3001 So. 144th St.) Free family event! Free pop provided by Burger King Free popcorn provided by Vic's Corn Popper FREE tacos for each kiddo from El Alambre - Omaha (Adults, tacos are only $1.50! It is #TacoTuesday after all!) Come meet our officers, ask questions, take pictures, drink some pop, eat some popcorn, and have some fun!

Pop with A Cop Tuesday, March 20th 5pm - 7pm Oak View Mall - Food Court 3001 So 144th St *FREE* pop from Burger King *FREE* popcorn from Vic's Corn Popper *FREE* tacos for each kiddo from El Alambre (adults, tacos are only $1.50 - it will be Taco Tuesday after all!) Come meet our officers, ask questions, take pictures, drink some pop, and have some fun!

Best part of our jobs! We get to connect with awesome kiddos! #SchoolSafetyChallenge

Happy Monday! We love it when our Facebook followers share their stores with us! Last week, 8-year-old Danica and 4-year-old Allison saw two Omaha Police Officers at Spaghetti Works in the Old Market. Officer David Hanzek and Officer Tony Desanti were happy to chat with these girls about being police officers and took this picture with them. Thank you for your support, Danica and Allison!

Did you remember to spring forward? While you are setting your clocks forward, we encourage you to take time for a few safety checks in your home. Check your fire and carbon monoxide detectors. The National Safety Council, Nebraska suggests that you test your smoke alarms every month and replace the battery at least once a year. Click here for the complete safety checklist:

Happy St. Patrick’s Day (a week early)! Today we celebrated at the annual Omaha St. Patrick’s Day Parade hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Miles of floats and marchers filled the streets of downtown Omaha. Did you see our Omaha Crime Stoppers Camero, Join OPD Hummer or our 1964 Olds Delta 88 police cruiser? We love being part of this celebration, but we don’t want see you on the holiday! Please plan a safe ride home. Here are some safe rides to plan ahead on the holiday: Hauptman, O'Brien, Wolf & Lathrop is offering free cab rides through Happy Cab from noon until 2 a.m. Sunday. Call Happy Cab at 402-292-2222. Advise the call center that you would like the Hauptman O’Brien Safe Ride Home. More information here: AAA Tow-To-Go will also be offering rides. Click here for more information:

Update – Officer Involved Shooting, Micah Taylor RB# AK44339 On Thursday, March 8, 2018 at approximately 2:15 pm, members of the Omaha Police Gang Unit were conducting a surveillance operation on a controlled drug transaction involving Micah Taylor. The operation included Gang officers, Uniformed Patrol Officer David Staskiewicz, an ATF agent, and ABLE One. Taylor was known to possess firearms and deal marijuana. Taylor also had a felony warrant in Sarpy County for domestic violence assault/strangulation and witness tampering. ABLE One and Officer Staskiewicz, who was driving a marked OPD cruiser, were staged during the operation. After the drug transaction, officers followed Taylor in his beige Toyota Camry, eastbound on Ames Avenue. As Taylor’s vehicle continued eastbound on Ames Avenue, ABLE One pilots spotted Taylor’s vehicle and utilized their video surveillance equipment. Taylor drove onto southbound Highway 75, from Ames Avenue. At 2:28 pm, Officer Staskiewicz initiated a traffic stop on Taylor, just north of the Lake Street on ramp. During the traffic stop, Officer Staskiewicz’s cruiser camera recorded audio and video of the traffic stop in its entirety. ABLE One’s video equipment also recorded video of the entire traffic stop. During the traffic stop, Officer Staskiewicz asked Taylor for his license, registration and insurance. Taylor was verbally non-compliant, but eventually provided Officer Staskiewicz with the requested items. Officer Staskiewicz asked Taylor to step out of the vehicle; however, he did not comply. Seconds later, Officer Staskiewicz opened Taylor’s driver’s side door and grabbed Taylor’s arm while telling him to get out of the vehicle. A struggle ensued, and Officer Staskiewicz, while still holding onto Taylor’s arm, gave Taylor multiple verbal commands to stop. Officer Staskiewicz stepped back and un-holstered his firearm. Taylor drove forward which resulted in Officer Staskiewicz being pulled alongside Taylor’s vehicle. Officer Staskiewicz fired three rounds as he was being dragged and fell to the ground. Taylor fled southbound on Highway 75. Gang Unit officers, in an unmarked vehicle equipped with emergency lights and sirens, pursued Taylor’s vehicle as ABLE One called out the vehicle’s direction from overhead. Taylor continued south on Highway 75 to just south of L Street, where a uniformed officer deployed stop sticks. The deployment of the stop sticks caused Taylor to lose control of his vehicle, strike the inside concrete median, subsequently spin and come to a rest in the outside shoulder area of Highway 75. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. Taylor immediately exited his vehicle with his arms raised and complied with officers as he was taken into custody without any other use of force. Three of the officers who took Taylor into custody had body worn cameras, which were activated at the time of the arrest. Officer Staskiewicz arrived in the area shortly thereafter. Officers contacted 911 and requested two medics, who transported Taylor and Officer Staskiewicz to Nebraska Medical Center (NMC). Taylor sustained a gunshot wound to his neck and was admitted to NMC where his wound was determined to be non-life threatening. Officer Staskiewicz sustained non-gun related injuries as a result of the struggle with Taylor and being dragged by Taylor’s vehicle. Officer Staskiewicz was treated and released the night of the incident. As of this writing, eight OPD issued recording devices have been identified (cruiser cameras, ABLE One video and body worn cameras) which were found to have captured various portions of the traffic stop, pursuit, accident and arrest. Chief Schmaderer has authorized the release of three still photographs of the incident. Today at 11:15 am, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine and Deputy County Attorney Jim Mastellar, along with Chief Schmaderer and his executive team were given a full briefing of the incident, which included three different video sources (ABLE One, cruiser camera, and body camera) along with other evidence. "Based on the evidence we can verify at this time, which includes multiple sources of video, Officer Staskiewicz’s use of deadly force was reasonable and justified." - Chief Todd Schmaderer Upon Taylor’s release from NMC, he will be booked on the Sarpy County warrant, as well as Assault on an Officer, Flight to Avoid Arrest, Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana, and Possession of a Deadly Weapon (brass knuckles) During the Commission of a Felony. Officer Dave Staskiewicz is 49-years old and a 19-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department. Per departmental policy, Officer Staskiewicz has been placed on Administrative Duty. The investigation is ongoing with interviews still to be conducted. Anyone who has any other information or who witnessed this incident is urged to contact the Omaha Police Homicide Unit at 402-444-5656 or Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP (7867), at or on the P3 Tips mobile app. Outline of the Incident • Approximately 2:15 pm, officers observed Taylor sell marijuana during a drug transaction. • 2:28 pm, Officer Staskiewicz conducted a traffic stop with Taylor at Highway 75 just south of Lake Street. • 2:29 pm, Officer Staskiewicz is depicted at the driver’s side window and heard telling Taylor this is a traffic stop and asked for his license, registration and insurance. • 2:30 pm, Officer Staskiewicz opened the driver’s side car door and asked him to step out of the car multiple times; Taylor did not exit the vehicle. Ultimately, Officer Staskiewicz made the statement, “I am not asking you, I am telling you, step out of the car!” Officer Staskiewicz reached into the Taylor’s vehicle to pull him out. As Officer Staskiewicz pulled Taylor’s arm, Officer Staskiewicz was heard saying, “Stop, sir stop, sir stop!” Officer Staskiewicz drew his duty weapon. • Within seconds, Taylor accelerated which resulted in Officer Staskiewicz being pulled alongside Taylor’s vehicle. Officer Staskiewicz fired his duty weapon three times as he was dragged and fell to the ground. • Less than two minutes elapsed from the time the traffic stop was initiated and Taylor sped away. • Taylor was pursued to the area of Highway 75 and L Street, where he crashed and was taken into custody. Taylor along with Officer Staskiewicz was transported to NMC. Any additional information will be released by the Omaha Police Department Public Information Office.

UPDATE: The purpose of this update is to release the condition of the officer and the suspect who were involved in the officer involved shooting. The suspect has been identified as 21-year old Micah D. Taylor (11/23/96). Taylor sustained a minor gunshot wound to the neck area. His injuries are non-life threatening and he is currently in stable condition. He will be held at the Nebraska Medical Center pending charges and will remain under police hospital guard. The Omaha Police Officer involved is 49-year old David Staskiewicz who is a 19-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department. Officer Staskiewicz suffered a non-gun related injury during the struggle and was treated and released from the hospital. The Omaha Police Department is still in the early stages of this investigation. Douglas County Attorney Don Klein has been briefed on this incident. No further information will be released at this point. Anyone who has any other information or has witnessed this incident is urged to contact the Omaha Police Homicide Unit at 402-444-5656 or Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP (7867), at or on the P3 Tips mobile app. ### On Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. officers with the OPD Gang Unit were conducting an investigation. During the investigation a traffic stop was attempted on Highway 75 near Lake Street involving a suspect in the investigation. During the traffic stop, a struggle ensued with the driver and shots were fired. The suspect fled the scene and was followed by Able One southbound on Highway 75. The suspect eventually crashed in the area of Highway 75 and L Street, where he was placed into custody. The suspect was transported to the Nebraska Medical Center where he is being treated for his injuries. The officer involved in the traffic stop was also transported to NMC for a non-gun related injury. At this time this is an active investigation and no further information is available.

OPD needs your help locating a missing 13-year-old. Delzihn Dumarce is 5 feet 2 inches tall, 110 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Officers have been searching for him, but have been unable to locate him. He was last seen in the Kountze Park area. If you have information on his whereabouts, please call 911.

Social media followers, can you help us identify this man? This image was taken at Menards on 120th and Dodge. We believe he is responsible for six incidents of shoplifting from area Menards stores. For more images like this, follow @OPDCrimeStop on Twitter and help us identify these individuals. Your tips could lead to a cash reward! Leave your tips here: