About the Preliminary Plan to Accelerate Community Policing

On June 16, 2020 City Council passed Resolution 20-159, outlining 17 actions to be taken by the City to address the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and systemic racism. The first action listed in this resolution reads:

By December 15, 2020, develop a preliminary plan to restructure the Iowa City Police Department (ICPD) towards community policing, including, but not limited to, reduction of the public’s reliance on police in non-violent situations through use of unarmed professionals, and consideration of community policing initiatives in other cities, including, but not limited to, Minneapolis, MN, Camden, NJ, Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA.

The preliminary plan, a summary of recommendations, and options to provide feedback are below. You can view the progress of other items in this resolution on the City's Black Lives Matter webpage.

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Background

Extensive public input was collected prior to the development of this preliminary plan, including six City Council listening posts on community policing held throughout the City, an online public feedback form, public comment opportunities at Council meetings, and individual comments provided directly to staff and councilors.

A report summarizing the public input phase was delivered to City Council on October 15, 2020. City Council then directed staff to prepare a preliminary plan based on this feedback by December 15, 2020.


Restructuring the Iowa City Police Department: A Preliminary Plan to Accelerate Community Policing

The preliminary plan to restructure the police department includes background on the Iowa City Police Department and recent community policing initiatives, a statistical overview, and 36 recommendations to address public health, community safety, and systemic racism.

The recommendations reflect three major efforts: (1) a continuum of responses to crisis calls, from prevent to divert to co-respond to stabilize and connect; (2) a commitment to unbiased policing; and (3) an effort to “police forward,” or use unconventional and innovative solutions for common problems.


Public Input

The community is invited to provide additional input on the preliminary plan, to be incorporated into the final adopted plan. E-mail your suggestions to PolicePlan@iowa-city.org or take the full survey to provide feedback on specific recommendations. 

As additional public input opportunities are available, they will be posted here and publicized through the City's various media channels.