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
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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.)

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Decorah Police Department

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Decorah Police Department

3 days 7 hours ago

With school beginning in Decorah on August 23rd, the Decorah Police Department would like to remind everyone of a number of traffic related safety issues.

• Be mindful of the speed limit. Most collisions are a product of exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for the conditions at the time.
• Be alert for children crossing streets in unexpected locations or coming out from between cars.
• Watch for bicyclists. They also have a right to use the roadway, but are required to obey the traffic laws as well.
• Try and give bicyclists, runners and walkers in the road a comfortable amount of clearance when passing them.
• Remember, bike riding is not permitted on sidewalks in the downtown business area.
• When dropping kids off at schools, please avoid blocking the roadway and creating a hazard.

I would also like to remind drivers about their responsibilities at crosswalks. If a pedestrian is in the roadway crossing the street, whether there is a marked crosswalk or not, the driver is required to yield right of way to the pedestrian regardless of where the pedestrian is in the road. A pedestrian is the vulnerable party in the roadway and as such must be given the right of way.

If a pedestrian is waiting on the curb for the opportunity to cross the street, please consider contributing to their safety by allowing them to cross. Many of Decorah’s streets are very busy and can be difficult to cross. This is especially true for the elderly, handicapped and very young. While the law does not require a motorist to stop and allow a pedestrian to cross, who is not yet in the roadway, common courtesy would suggest that it’s the right thing to do and you will have the benefit of knowing you made someone else’s life safer.

If we take a few extra moments to watch out for one another we will all get to our destinations safely. Thanks for your help.

Bill Nixon
Chief of Police

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.