Ottumwa Police Department
A Growing Community
The Police Department pledges to you, its citizens, our commitment to community growth and professionalism through an open and approachable organization. The Ottumwa Police Department has undertaken many changes over the years to meet the changing needs of the community. One thing that has not changed is our commitment to respond to the community’s need for police services in an efficient and cost effective manner. The Ottumwa Police Department is comprised of 41 sworn officers and 9 civilians. We strive daily to be the best police agency possible.
Each year we publish an annual report to inform the community of our activities. The data we supply for the FBI Uniform Crime Report is featured, as well as our programs and initiatives. (Note: Our Annual Reports cover a calendar year. They are issued in the first quarter of the new year.)
Automated Speed Enforcement – RedSpeed
Ottumwa is using new technology to enforce posted speed limits with the goal of reducing the amount of speeding violations and increasing the safety of the community. Learn more.
School Resource Officers
The Ottumwa Police Department and the Ottumwa Community School District partner together in the School Resource Officer Program. During the school year, we have officers assigned to Ottumwa High School and Evans Middle School. The officers’ presence helps to reduce the potential for crime-related problems and helped to provide a safer environment for both students and staff. An additional benefit of the program is increased interaction between students and the officers. The School Resource Officers instruct the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (D.A.R.E.) in the Elementary schools. The D.A.R.E. Program is an integral part of the Department’s community policing initiative as well as the Ottumwa Community School District’s substance abuse prevention curriculum. Our officers also present the Gang Resistance Education And Training Program (G.R.E.A.T.) at Evans Middle School and the Freshman class at the Ottumwa High School. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. The Program’s primary objective is to help prevent delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.
Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force
We work with several other law enforcement agencies to identify, investigate, apprehend and prosecute drug and drug related criminal offenders in its seven county area. This multi-jurisdictional team targets drug manufacturers and traffickers through shared investigatory and prosecutorial resources. Our expected outcome is to reduce the availability and demand for controlled substances in Southeast Iowa.
Citizens Police Academy
The Citizens Police Academy is an interesting and exciting way for the community to learn more about law enforcement through the experience of the Ottumwa Police Department. Through classroom lectures, hands-on experience and demonstrations, the Citizens Police Academy builds a bond of mutual trust and respect between the Police Department and our citizens. See More.
Deer Hunting in Ottumwa
Ottumwa partners with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to manage an annual in-city deer hunt. This has proven to be an effective way to safely control the deer herd within the city limits, reducing vehicle accidents and property damage caused by deer. Learn More.
Back in 1851, the founders of Ottumwa saw the need to establish law and order in their frontier town along the river. Since that time, law enforcement has changed and grown with the community. See More.