The City of Hiawatha and the Hiawatha Police Department strive to provide open and transparent policies, procedures, and programs to our stakeholders. We believe building, and maintaining, trusting relationships between citizens and their local government is paramount. This is an opportunity for the community to learn more about actions planned, and the policies, procedures, and programs already in place that provide dignity and respect for all individuals.
Going on vacation and need some extra peace of mind that your home is cared for? We will keep an eye out for you! Many residents fill out the "House Check Form" and request, in addition to normal patrol, that particular attention is given to their home. A few moments of your time to complete the form can ensure that special attention is given to your home in your absence.
In the Fall of 2008, the Hiawatha Police Department established the Neighborhood Watch program. This program is designed to aid citizens in creating a safer neighborhood environment.
How do you get a new Neighborhood Watch going in your neighborhood? Contact your neighbors and ask them to join you with the common goal to make your neighborhood unattractive to criminals. Then, contact the Police Department to schedule a meeting with the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator or you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An officer will attend your neighborhood meeting and provide suggestions for a successful program. With a minimum time commitment, you and your neighbors can help ensure a safe neighborhood.
Neighborhood Watch signs will be placed in your neighborhood to identify it. Watchful eyes are the best defense against crime in your neighborhood.
Call the Hiawatha Police Department today at 319-393-1212 to request more information on how you can start a Neighborhood Watch in your area and help keep your neighborhood crime free.
You can enjoy Halloween activities that are both safe and fun. Keep a few simple safety tips in mind and the fun will follow naturally! We encourage you to go out in a group, be familiar with the area you are trick or treating in, have a rally point should anyone become separated from the group, and carry flashlights and charged cellular phones. For costumes we recommend brightly colored or even glow in the dark costumes, costumes that incorporate lights, those that do not obstruct vision, and costumes that aren't likely to cause a trip. If pedestrians watch out for traffic and traffic watches out for pedestrians we can all have a fun and safe celebration! As always, contact your local law enforcement with anything that seems suspicious.
Both adults and children should be safety conscious when celebrating Halloween this season. Remember these Halloween safety tips:
Remember - Hiawatha does not designate a night for trick or treating.