Detective Division

  • The Detective Division is comprised of a captain, two lieutenants, five sergeants, eighteen investigators, six school resource officers and three civilian employees
  • The Detective Unit, the Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART), The School Resource Unit, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force, and the Crime Laboratory are all under the umbrella of the Detective Division
  • The Detective Unit investigates major crimes and cases requiring extensive follow-up investigation
  • The Detective Unit conducts undercover vice and surveillance operations
  • Detectives are assigned to 90-day or 2-year rotational positions or may be assigned permanently
  • The Detective Unit hours are 7 AM to 11 PM, Monday through Friday

To contact the Detective Division Commander email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 291-4336 and follow the prompts.

Safe Streets Task Force

As part of our mission to reduce crime, enhance the quality of life, and create safe neighborhoods within our city; the Waterloo Police Department partners
with other local, state, and federal law enforcement professionals working within the Cedar Valley.  

This includes working with a Safe Streets Task Force through a Department of Justice Program called Project Safe Neighborhoods.  As part of the Safe
Streets Task Force, the Waterloo Police Officers are able to work with our federal partners to hold violent criminals accountable for their actions.  

In addition to performing their regular duties, the Safe Streets Task Force members are available to give educational presentations to organizations on violent
crime trends within the community. 

Domestic Abuse Response Team

  • D.A.R.T. began January 1, 1997 and was made possible by a federal grant through the STOP Violence Against Women Act
  • D.A.R.T. uses the “Exchange Theory” and evidence based prosecution to combat domestic violence
  • Waterloo has the first and only dedicated Domestic Abuse Response Team in the State of Iowa
  • The D.A.R.T. members are Police Investigator Stacy Hesse, Seeds of Hope Victim Advocate Brianna Fleming, and Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney Michelle Wagner
  • D.A.R.T. works over 450 domestic violence related cases per year with an exceptional conviction rate and a low dismissal rate.
  • The Goals of the DART program
    • Increased arrests for domestic abuse assaults
    • Expanded victim advocacy services
    • Increased number of guilty verdicts obtained
    • Reduction in repeat offenses of domestic violence
    • Increased Criminal Justice System participation
    • Reducing dual arrests by identifying primary aggressor
    • Aggressively prosecute cases without victim cooperation

Contact the Domestic Abuse Response Team at 291-4331 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Crime Lab Unit

  • The Waterloo Police Crime lab consists of a sergeant, 3 full-time Crime Lab Investigators (CLI’s) and 19 Crime Scene Investigators (CSI’s)
  • The Waterloo Police Crime Lab takes over 15,000 evidentiary photographs yearly
  • 4 CLI’s are certified experts in marijuana recognition
  • CLI’s examine over 600 marijuana cases per year
  • CLI’s and CSI’s handle over 4000 cases per year
  • CLI’s submit hundreds of drug, DNA and other evidentiary samples to the state crime lab each year

To contact the Lab email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 291-4340 ext 3215

School Resource Unit

  • The School Resource Program (SRO) was introduced during the 1990-91 school year
  • The SRO program consists of six police officers and one sergeant
  • The officers are assigned to the two public high schools, 3 public middle schools, and one alternative Learning Center in Waterloo. Their responsibilities extend to all the other schools, both public and parochial
  • An SRO’s function is preventative in nature, SROs are NOT security guards
  • SROs are visible, active law enforcement figures who deal with any law enforcement related issues in the schools
  • SROs are:
    • A classroom resource who instruct students in crime, safety, and alcohol and drug prevention programs
    • A student resource who help provide a safe and secure learning environment and provide a positive role model for students to emulate
    • A parent and teacher resource who provide guidance in law enforcement related issues in a familiar and non-threatening environment

To contact the School Resource Unit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 291-4340 ext 3206