The Iowa City Police Department Community Outreach Assistant believes honesty and transparency are critical pillars for improving police + public relationships.
The role of the Community Outreach Assistant is to help all community members understand the responsibilities of the police department and what services it offers, with a special emphasis on those groups who typically do not have a strong or comfortable relationship with the police.
Contact the Iowa City Community Outreach Assistant at email@example.com.
Daisy Torres, ICPD Community Outreach Assistant
Daisy Torres is a non-uniformed employee who serves as the Community Outreach Assistant for the Iowa City Police Department. Torres meets with organizations and groups in the community to help the ICPD build relationships with residents and connect them to other community resources. Torres has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in her daily work.
Prior to this role, Torres interned with the ICPD and served as a student security officer for three years at the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety, where she was one of the first student security supervisors and received a Life Saving Award. Additionally, she volunteered at organizations such as Uptown Bills and the Domestic Violence Intervention Program. Torres earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Iowa and grew up in Chicago.
Outreach and Engagement Efforts
Recent outreach and engagement sessions have been held with adult immigrants, English-language learners, students, and seniors.
Upon request, the ICPD community outreach staff can visit and conduct informative presentations and/or public input sessions at schools, churches, non-profit organizations, and other community groups. To schedule a meeting or public outreach session, please contact the Iowa City Community Outreach Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-356-5274.
Downtown Liaison Officer
The Downtown Liaison Officer helps to establish relationships and communications channels with local businesses and pedestrians, and provides a positive visible presence throughout the Downtown and Northside Marketplace. Email email@example.com with questions.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Community Liaisons
The ICPD has several officers assigned as liaisons to the LGBTQ community. The Department's goals for having the liaisons is to:
- Foster positive relations between the LGBTQ community and the ICPD by providing a liaison for community members who may be crime victims or have information or issues of concern that the ICPD 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 training regarding the LGBTQ community.
Neighborhood Response Officer
The Neighborhood Response Officer works closely with Neighborhood Outreach, Housing and Inspections Services, Landlords, Tenants, and Neighborhoods Associations to address specific issues within neighborhoods. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Residents who are interested in connecting with their neighbors are encouraged to sign up on Nextdoor.com or by downloading the Nextdoor app, which makes communicating about issues in your neighborhood convenient.
The City's Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator can also connect you with resources. The coordinator acts as a liaison between the Neighborhood Association and the City of Iowa City government to address neighborhood concerns and interests by keeping neighbors informed of City issues and providing the resources to promote involvement. To contact the Coordinator, email email@example.com or call 319-356-5237.
A guide to community resources can be found here.