Decorah Police Department Bias Incident Reporting

Decorah Police Department Chief David Smultzer: 400 Claiborne Drive, Decorah, IA 52101 Phone: 563-382-3667 Fax: 563-382-2042

Decorah Police Bias Incident Report Form

The online report should not be used for emergencies. If this is an emergency, call 911 immediately, or use our non-emergency number (563-382-3667). Please note, reports will typically be reviewed the following business day.

If you are visiting this page, you or someone you know may have experienced a bias incident, hate act, hate crime, harassment, or discrimination in the Decorah community.

In Decorah, acts of bias go against our mission and our community values. We seek to provide you a timely response and support. Bias refers to language and/or behaviors against persons because of, but not limited to, others’ actual or perceived: Age, color, creed, disability, gender, gender identity/expression, genetic information, national origin, race/ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Please provide as much detail about the incident as possible. Someone from the bias response team will follow up with you. Anonymous reports are accepted, but may limit the city's ability to fully address the incident.

Once submitted, the report goes directly to Assistant Police Chief Brent Parker ( and Captain Scott Herrmann ( The primary goal is to provide support to the individual or community affected. However, reports will be evaluated to determine if further investigation is required for potential violations of criminal law.

The response team will review the report and make a determination regarding its response. The response team is not responsible for adjudicating or sanctioning any individual or individuals named in the report. Rather, they will seek to advise the reporter of the options they have available through the legal processes. The team will follow-up to ensure a timely response has been received. The team may be directly involved when education and follow-up conversations may be requested or are a reasonable response. If you have questions, please contact one of the response team members.


If you provide your name, someone will reach out to you to check on your well-being, to offer continued support and referral to relevant resources, and to provide information related to any additional options you may have.

Please provide a description of the incident/concern. Please be as specific as possible including information such as the who, what, why, and how.

Based upon the information you provided, and the definitions below, please select which policy violation you believe the incident may be:

Name of first individual or organization involved

Role of first individual or organization involved

Name of second individual or organization involved

Role of first individual or organization involved

Please list other individuals or organizations involved and their roles