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Behind the Shield: Iowa City Community Policing Videos

Promo Video The University of Iowa Student Government is producing a series of videos to help people in the community better know our local law enforcement officers. The videos also include helpful information about public safety issues. Behind the Shield Episode 1 Get to know Brad Schramm a patrol officer for University of Iowa Police […]

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Tobacco, Pot, and the Public Interest — WorldCanvass Event Video

On February 3, 2015, Joan Kjaer and her WorldCanvass guests discussed the the complicated and controversial issues surrounding the legality and use of tobacco and marijuana with a special focus on the tension between personal liberty and the public good. Below are videos from the event. If you have any questions, please contact joan-kjaer@uiowa.edu or visit the […]

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Riverfront Crossings Park Community Planning Event

Innovation in urban design and inspiring development of public spaces can have a positive impact on society by fostering communities that are healthy, vibrant, connected, open, and engaging. Below is information about the community planning event for the Riverfront Crossings plan. * * * The City of Iowa City will host a community planning event […]

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#ThankYouIowaCity Campaign

Summary The #ThankYouIowaCity campaign is a collaboration between the Iowa City Police Department and the Iowa City Downtown District. The purpose of the campagn is to show appreciation for some of the small but great things people do to make our downtown such a great place. The appreciation comes in the form of a small […]

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County Attorney Candidate Forum Video – 12 May 2014

This is a video excerpt from the Johnson County Attorney Candidates Forum sponsored by the Johnson County Task Force on Aging. The event was hosted at the Coralville Public Library on 12 May 2014 at 2PM.

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National Police Week is 11-17 May 2014

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. This year, National Police Week 2014 will be Sunday, May 11th through Saturday, May 17th. Learn more at PoliceWeek.org. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National […]

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Johnson County Attorney & Supervisor Candidate Forum on Monday May 12, 2014

  Event Summary The Johnson County Task Force on Aging will be hosting a candidate forum for those seeking the Johnson County Attorney and Supervisor positions. Event Details Date: Monday, May 12, 2014 Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Location: Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St. Coralville, IA 52241. [Map] Event Video Click here for video of […]

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Survey: Should police become more militarized?

MRAPs (mine resistant ambush protected) vehicles are the newest hand-me-downs to come from the military to law enforcement agencies in Iowa. The latest of seven MRAPs to arrive in Iowa was received last week by the Washington Police Department. (More…) Police departments in Mason City and Storm Lake also have received MRAPs, as well as sheriffs […]

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Citizens Police Review Board Community Forum

The Citizens Police Review Board will be holding its Annual Community Forum for the purpose of hearing Citizens’ views on the policies, practices and procedures of the Iowa City Police Department. DATE: Tuesday, May 13, 2013, TIME: 6:00 PM at LOCATION: Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A. 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City. Questions & […]

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Iowa City Considers Municipal Infractions in Lieu of Criminal Charges

City Council Work Session on 1 April 2014 City officials, local law enforcement, and the County have been exploring ways to eliminate criminal charges for a variety of alcohol related violations. The document below is a PDF to text copy of pages 5-8 in the original packet of documents that were presented as reference materials for a work […]

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Free Movie Screening and Discussion Panel – TRIGGER: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence

Collaborative Approaches to Gun Safety If you are concerned about gun violence in the United States, and would like to hear ideas about how citizens (gun owners and non-gun owners) can come together to discuss and agree on sensible ways to diminish gun violence, please come to this forum and community discussion. Event Details: Movie […]

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Citizens Police Academy 2014

Course Goal The goal of the Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is to promote a better relationship between law enforcement and the community it serves through education and hands-on learning. Course Description The Citizen’s Police Academy is an eleven week program, which meets one night per week, typically January through April. Past academies have had training […]

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Johnson County May Ask Voters for Courthouse Facility

(Source: “Johnson County May Ask Voters for Courthouse Facility,” KCRG, 24 October 2013, by Gregg Hennigan) IOWA CITY, Iowa – What to do with jail and courthouse needs is a question that has divided Johnson County voters the past year. Now it has done with same with county leaders. The answer favored by a split […]

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Johnson County can’t agree what to do about jail, courthouse needs

(Source: “Johnson County can’t agree what to do about jail, courthouse needs, Officials will meet again at later date,” The Gazette, 14 October 2013, by Gregg Hennigan) After more than three hours … nothing. Besides a commitment to meet again at another date, that’s what came out of a work session Monday between the five members […]

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Supervisors consider splitting justice center

(Source: “Supervisors consider splitting justice center, Hope to get enough support for a solo courthouse project,” Press Citizen, 14 October 2013, by Adam B Sullivan) Johnson County leaders are ready to abandon their hopes for a large justice center behind the existing courthouse, but there’s no consensus about what a new plan to address space shortages at […]

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The Gazette: Jail, courthouse answers continue to elude Johnson County

(Source: “Jail, courthouse answers continue to elude Johnson County,” The Gazette, 9 October 2013, by Gregg Hennigan) Low attendance, lack of ideas at public meetings keeping officials from moving forward There were two takeaways for Johnson County officials during recent meetings on what to do about the county’s jail and courthouse needs, and neither was […]

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Thank a Police Officer Day on September 21 2013

Please Write a Note of Thanks This coming Saturday, 21 September 2013, is Thank a Police Officer Day. We’re asking everyone in our community, and even those who follow this website from afar, to write a note of thanks to a police officer. Then… Submit Your Message Online You may not even know the officer’s name. Simply share […]

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Photo Exhibit in Old Polk County Iowa Jail Features Children of Incarcerated Parents

[Source: “Old county jail hosts an arresting art exhibit,” Des Moines Register, 13 September 2013, by Michael Morain] Artists display their work in all sorts of everyday places — parks, coffee shops, city buses and so on. But in jail? That’s a new one and, technically, the most everyday place of all. Des Moines photographer […]

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