Pride in Service

We believe in the equitable, fair and impartial application of laws and ordinances without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, gender identification or station in life, and in treating all individuals with acceptance, compassion and the dignity we would expect if found in similar circumstances.

The Decorah Police Department is a talented and committed team who take pride in the service they provide to the community’s residents and visitors. We believe in a balance between service, enforcement, education and community involvement. We invite you to learn about us and to contact us.

Decorah Police

Decorah Police Department

400 Claiborne Dr., PO Box 1
Decorah, IA 52101
Ph: 563-382-3667
Fax: 563-382-2042

Records direct: 563-277-5131
$4.00 copy/release fee for reports


We are currently taking applications in order to fill a Full Time 9-1-1 Dispatcher position.  We are accepting applications up until 5 p.m. on May 29th, 2018.  (NOTE - if you are experiencing difficulty in opening and filling out the attached application, try opening the application in another web browser.)

2018 Hiring Packet


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Decorah Police Department

1 day 22 hours ago

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We're excited to offer this new program in partnership with the Decorah Police Department!

Decorah Police Department

1 week 16 hours ago

The Decorah Police Department has just completed a sTEP (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) wave. The increased enforcement wave ran from May 21st through June 3rd.
Twelve officers from the Decorah Police Department contributed to the following sTEP wave statistics;
• 3 arrests were made for Operating While Impaired (OWI)
• 1 seatbelt citation was issued
• 15 speeding citations were issued
• 1 stop sign/stop light citation was issued
• 1 citation was issued for Driving with a Suspended License
• 1 Registration violation citation was issued
• 1 Open container citation was issued
• 2 various other traffic citations were issued
• 14 traffic accidents were investigated (2 of which involved personal injury)
• 8 motorist assists were made by officers
• 33 faulty equipment warnings were given out
Seatbelt usage surveys are performed before and after the sTEP waves. Decorah’s pre-wave seatbelt usage percentage was 90%. The post-wave usage was 93%.

Bill Nixon, Chief of Police

Bill Nixon, Chief of Police

Decorah Police Department Policy Manual
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US Immigrations & Customs (ICE, HSI)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed. HSI administers the Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody. However, victims and witnesses are required to register with the agency in order to receive notification of a criminal alien's release. Universal resource locator for the HSI Victim Notification Program.