Police officers regularly attend neighborhood meetings and participate in community events to learn about and solve issues. The department recognizes the need for change aimed at developing innovate, effective, and cost-effective methods to deliver police service and to solve problems.
The Police Department has developed several community outreach programs for you to learn more about community policing, the law enforcement profession, and how you can make a difference in the community.
Police officers build bonds with the youth of our community through the Police PAL program and by having School Resource Officers in area high schools.
The Cedar Rapids Police Protective Association (CRPPA) hosts an annual program where police officers assist children with back-to-school supplies in the fall.
A second event is held in December in which a “Santa Cop” assists children with winter coats, boots and hats/mittens. This event is appropriately named Santa Cop, as the child also selects a present.
Several times throughout the year, the Police Department hosts Coffee with a Cop. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department's work in Cedar Rapids neighborhoods. The majority of contacts that the public has with law enforcement occur during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship-building, and some community members may feel that officers are not approachable. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
The Police Department also has a Citizens Police Academy, Police Explorers, and Police Volunteer Corps.
Home Again CR
The Home Again program is a voluntary registration program that provides law enforcement with identifying information and cues to aid in assisting persons with developmental disabilities.
The Cops-n-Kids Program is designed to foster a love of reading, while promoting positive youth development,
Cedar Rapids Police and Fire Department employees engage in community outreach programming to share important safety education with the public. A series of monthly, informational messages relating to emergency preparedness is available through the Neighborhood P.A.C.T. program and distributed at Neighborhood Association meetings.
Look for police officers at neighborhood events and other community activities. We look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with you through our various community engagement activities.
Community Outreach Officer
Sergeant Laura May is the department's Community Outreach Officer. She manages tours, Citizens Police Academy, LGBT, Volunteer Corps and coordinates community events. Her phone is 319-286-5425 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org