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.
City of Decorah COVID Response
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Wanda Hemesath, City Clerk,Tr., PIO
Kristin Torresdal, Library Director, PIO
City of Decorah COVID Response
Decorah, IA (March 16, 2020) – The City of Decorah is taking all steps necessary to ensure the continuation of public services during this time of potential health concern.
Effective immediately until April 6:
- All City departments are closed to walk-in traffic
- Public Restroom on Water Street is closed
- Non-essential board and committee meetings are suspended
- Library and Park Rec activities are cancelled
- Public meeting spaces are closed
- Park services are discontinued (all park restrooms are closed)
- Pulpit Rock Campground will be closed
Administration will evaluate risk and propose appropriate action steps moving forward on April 6.
The City is working in cooperation with and following the direction of the Iowa Department of Public Health and Winneshiek County Public Health in taking all necessary steps to provide for public safety and the continuation of essential, critical City services.
Staff shall follow specific procedures to help limit the exposure or spread of COVID19 within their respective departments and the City overall.
The public is encouraged to be proactive about following Public Health guidelines regarding social distancing, quarantine, and healthy hygiene habits for the good of the entire community. Anyone able to support local businesses through the purchase of gift certificates or other appropriate measures that meet Public Health guidelines is encouraged to do so.
The City will continue to update the public with changes as they occur. Public information releases will be accomplished by press releases to radio, newspaper and other public forums, city website www.decorahia.org and city social media venues.
Direct questions regarding City response to:
- Chad Bird, City Manager email@example.com 563-387-7628 (C)
- Wanda Hemesath, City Clerk, Tr. Hemesath@decorahia.org. 563-379-1362 (C)
- 563-382-3651 City Clerk’s Office
The Iowa Department of Public Health is the lead agency for the dissemination of information related to the Coronavirus (COVID19). Winneshiek County Public Health is your local, central point of contact for local efforts.
Please refer to these agencies for specific information and direction regarding COVID19.
This is an official city press release. Modifications of any kind are prohibited without express written consent of the author. Any reprint or broadcast of this information must include this entire communication
Camera Registration Program
In an effort to continue our public safety partnership with citizens and businesses, the Decorah Police Department is offering a security camera registration program. The Decorah Camera Registry Program allows residents and business owners to voluntarily register the locations of their video surveillance systems with the Decorah Police Department. When a crime occurs, police will be able to identify the locations of nearby video cameras to obtain potential video surveillance. If necessary, police would ask Decorah Camera Registry Program participants to check their private video surveillance systems for a specific date and time for video that may show activity involved with a crime, and, if they so choose, participants can voluntarily provide copies of video footage to police for investigative purposes.
David Smutzler, Chief of Police
Crime Alert Advisories
Attorney General Tom Miller's Consumer Advisories on:
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.