The Downtown Liaison Officer helps to establish relationships and communication channels with local businesses and pedestrians, and is a positive visible presence throughout the downtown and north side marketplace. Officer Fowler is available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and Officer Graves will be available from 6 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The Iowa City Police Department has three officers assigned as liaisons to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community. The Department’s goals for having the liaisons is to:
- Foster positive relations between the LGBTQ community and the Iowa City Police Department by providing a liaison for community members who may be crime victims or have information or issues of concern that the police department could assist with.
- Assist in productive dialogue with investigative units concerning LGBTQ-related crimes.
- Work in partnership with other city agencies, other law enforcement entities and community-based organizations, education and involvement in other LGBTQ-related issues.
- Maintain an interactive role in recruit-based and in-service police trainings regarding the LGBTQ community.
The Neighborhood Response Officer works closely with Neighborhood Outreach, Housing and Inspection Services, Landlords, Tenants,and Neighborhood Associations to address specific issues within neighborhoods. Officer Cash is available between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. weekly.