Police Chief

Police Chief David Dostal

Chief David Dostal

Police Department

Chief David Dostal was selected by City Manager Jeff Pomeranz and approved by the City Council as Police Chief on February 13, 2024.  Chief Dostal is the 28th Police Chief in the history of the Cedar Rapids Police Department (CRPD). 

Chief Dostal assumed command of the Cedar Rapids Police Department on February 28, 2024.  He brings more than 32 years of proud service to the City of Cedar Rapids, starting as an Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and most recently, Captain.  Before his appointment as Chief, Dostal was the Captain of Administrative Services, Lieutenant for Patrol, and Criminal Investigation Divisions, and Sergeant of the Patrol, and Criminal Investigation Divisions.  He is a past instructor for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy for multiple subjects.  As an officer he worked Patrol, was part of the Special Response Team, Honor Guard, DEA Task Force, Field Training Officer, Bike Patrol Instructor, was Recruit of the Year in 1992, was Officer of the Year in 2004 and received the Enrique “Kiki” Award presented by the DEA in 2015.

Chief Dostal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell College.

Chief Dostal is an active member of several professional organizations including the Iowa Police Chiefs Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the Police Executive Research Forum (P.E.R.F.).

CRPD is a full-service agency, comprised of 220 sworn officers and over 60 non-sworn employees.  The department serves 128,000 residents and is responsible for 72 square miles. 

Contact Information

David L. Dostal
Police Chief
Cedar Rapids Police Department
505 1st Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

About the Chief of Police

The Chief of Police in the City of Cedar Rapids is the highest-ranking law enforcement officer, responsible for managing and leading the Police Department while ensuring compliance with laws and regulations. They oversee all employees in the Police Department, including the hiring and training process, and work with other law enforcement agencies and community organizations to maintain public safety. The Police Chief is appointed by the City Manager, with the advice and consent of the Council.

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