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
Email: dpd@decorahia.org

Records direct: 563-277-5131
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News & Reminders

Reminder: If you get a phone call, email, letter, or Internet pop-up that seems questionable, 'too good to be true' or worrisome, it is more than likely a SCAM. Do NOT give them ANY information. Click on the 'Fraud & Scam Alerts' link below for more information.

FRAUD & SCAM ALERTS
Fraud & Scam Alerts

Caller ID Spoofing:
Caller identification, or caller ID, is a telephone feature that enables the recipient of a call to see the caller’s phone number and name displayed before answering the phone. While caller ID can help you screen unknown or unwanted calls, callers can easily manipulate your display to show incomplete or false information--even your own name and phone number. The technique is called spoofing.

Why They Do It:
Criminals who spoof caller ID hope the displayed information will help convince you of their false identity and story. Others may spoof your caller ID simply to increase the likelihood that you’ll answer the phone. The calls can come from individuals or robo-calling systems.

For example:
• IRS Scam: A criminal, from anywhere in the world, can spoof your caller ID display to show an actual or fake Internal Revenue Service (IRS) listing. The caller claims he or she is with the IRS and you must pay back taxes immediately to avoid arrest or some type of imminent legal trouble.
• Tech Support Scam: A scammer can manipulate your caller ID display to show an actual or fake computer support listing. The caller claims that an Internet trace has determined that your computer is infected with a virus. The caller urges you to allow remote access your computer to fix the supposed problem for a fee.
• Grandparent Scam: Your caller ID device may falsely display a law enforcement agency, attorney’s office, hospital, or a cell phone. The caller claims that he is your grandchild or is calling on behalf of your grandchild. The pretext of the call is that your grandchild is in trouble and needs immediate funds.
• Identification Theft Scams: These can take many forms. The caller may claim that he or she is with your financial institution or even law enforcement and is investigating a fraud case. The caller seeks personal financial information (such as account or credit card numbers), personally identifying information (such as your mother’s maiden name), or passwords.
• Sales and survey calls: The caller may spoof your caller ID device to display false or incomplete caller ID information, or even your own name and number, to increase the likelihood that you’ll answer the call. The call may be a sales or survey call.

How They Do It:
Spoofing services are readily available for robo-calls or individual calls. They allow the caller to enter in any information—including any name and any phone number—to appear on the recipient’s caller ID display. The calls, which can be placed from anywhere in the world, can be difficult, if not impossible, to trace.

Is Caller ID Spoofing Legal?
The federal Truth in Caller ID Act prohibits callers from deliberately spoofing caller ID to display inaccurate information with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value. There are some exemptions, however, for law enforcement agencies and situations where courts have authorized caller ID manipulation. Telemarketers must display their own phone number or the phone number for the seller on whose behalf the telemarketer is calling.

How to Handle It:
Do not provide personal information to a stranger who calls, regardless of what appears on your caller ID display. To ensure you are not dealing with a criminal posing as someone else, hang up and place your own call. Look up the number of the entity that supposedly called you from a known source such as a phone book, invoice, or known website. If you are having trouble locating the information, ask someone you know and trust to help you.

How to Report It:
If you receive a call from a telemarketer without the required information or suspect that a person or entity has illegally spoofed your caller ID display, you can report it to the FTC at www.ftc.gov or call 1-888-382-1222.

HOME REPAIR SCAMS
Home Repair Scams

Prevent Home Repair Scams and Disputes

Home repair scams by traveling con-artists work like this: Con-artists stop at your door, give you a hard sell, and offer sensational low prices. It might be for roofing or painting, tree-trimming, or asphalting your driveway. The con-artists insist that you pay in advance -- but they do little or no work and never return.  Remember, legitimate contractors very rarely solicit door-to-door. Be skeptical. The main rules are to check out a contractor, and never pay large sums in advance to a contractor you don't know. Help older neighbors who might be pressured or intimidated into paying traveling con-artists.

A few 'bad-apple' local contractors also take large advance payments but fail to do the work, or do just part of a job or very shoddy work. This is hard to prove as fraud, but it's costly and frustrating. Follow these tips to protect yourself when you hire a contractor:

Beware of high-pressure sales tactics such as "today-only" discounts, offers to use your home as a "display home" for replacement siding or windows, and "lifetime warranty" offers that only last for the life of the company. Always get several written estimates -- shop around for the best deal before making such a large investment.

Check out a contractor before you sign a contract or pay any money. Request local references -- and check them out. Contact the Attorney General's Office to see if it has complaints (call 515-281-5926, or 888-777-4590.) Contact the Better Business Bureau (515-243-8137, or www.bbb.org .) Contact your county clerk of court and ask how to check if a contractor has been sued by unsatisfied customers.

Get it in writing. Before any work begins, agree on a written contract detailing work to be done, responsibility for permits, costs, and any other promises. Ask for a copy of the contractor's liability insurance certificate. Put start and completion dates in writing, and consequences if the contractor fails to meet them. (Example: the contract could be nullified if the contractor doesn't start on time.)  If you sign a contract at your home, in most cases you have three business days to cancel.

Avoid paying large sums in advance if you don't know the contractor. If you have to make a partial advance payment for materials, make your check out to the supplier and the contractor.  Insist on a "mechanic's lien waiver" in case the contractor fails to pay others for materials or labor.

For more information or to file a complaint, contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.  Call 515-281-5926, or toll-free at 888-777-4590. The web site is: www.IowaAttorneyGeneral.org  

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Decorah Police Officer Christopher Wuebker was awarded the Enrique Camarena award today. The award was presented to Officer Wuebker for the work he has done in the field of narcotics. Not only by the work he done on narcotics cases, but for his drug awareness and education. An award ceremony took place at City Hall today where Officer Wuebker was joined by family, friends, and co-workers. Also in attendance were Pete Deegan - U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa (award presenter), Todd Voter - Law Enforcement Liaison for the U.S. Attorney's Office, and Justin Lightfoot - Assistant U.S. Attorney. We are very proud of Officer Wuebker and wish him a sincere congratulations. We also want to thank his Wife Anne and his two children; Alex and Miranda. Narcotics work is very time consuming; thank you for sharing Chris with us.

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5 days 19 hours ago

Seat Belts Save Lives – Fasten Yours!

Thanksgiving is a time when families and friends come gather to share a meal and connect; it is also one of the busiest travel weekend of the year. Don’t let your Thanksgiving end in tragedy. Year after year, we are devastated by stories of family members who are killed on their way to Thanksgiving festivities. “Seat belts are the most basic vehicle technology that has, without a doubt, saved the most lives”, said Decorah Police Officer Dave Smutzler

Nationwide in 2015 (the last year in which data is available) the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 301 passenger vehicle occupants as killed in traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving weekend and only fifty percent of those killed were buckled. In Iowa there were five fatalities during that time in both 2015 and 2016.

If you are ejected from a vehicle in a crash, the odds are high that you will not survive. In 2015 eighty percent of the people totally ejected from vehicles in crashes were killed. Only one percent of occupants wearing seat belts were ejected compared to thirty percent of those who were unbuckled (NHTSA). Much like drunk driving these deaths could have been completely prevented with the simple click of a seat belt.

The Decorah Police Department, the Iowa Department of Public Safety, and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau reminds you that wearing a seat belt is not just for Thanksgiving – it’s a must every day of the year.

Buckle Up – Every Trip. Every Time.

Bill Nixon, Chief of Police

Bill Nixon, Chief of Police

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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.