Members of the Iowa City City Council will hold a Listening Post on community policing at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Drive, on the east side of the park by the community gardens. 

City Council members Laura Bergus, Mayor Pro Tem Mazahir Salih, and Mayor Bruce Teague will be in attendance.

The listening post will focus on community policing and how police work with victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and child abuse. Victim outreach will also be discussed.

Service providers from the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, the Department of Human Services, the Johnson County Attorney's Office, and NISAA African Family Services will also be in attendance.

What is community policing and how can I provide input? 

Community Policing is a philosophy that seeks to address the root causes of crime, works to reduce fear of social disorder, and builds confidence in police through problem-solving strategies and police/community partnerships. It recognizes that law enforcement can rarely solve complex societal problems alone and that creative solutions and partnerships are needed to ensure the best outcome for all residents. Community Policing may mean many different things to different people. We look forward to hearing your ideas and thank you for your input and care for our community.

Please fill out the public input form to provide your thoughts on what you would like community policing to look like in Iowa City. This form will be available until October 15, 2020.

Future community policing listening posts

The final two of this series of City Council Listening Posts have been scheduled. More information about each event will be issued in the coming days. Alternate locations due to weather will be announced as needed.

  • 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, at Chauncey Swan Park, 405 E. Washington St. The focus will be on community policing and homelessness. 
  • 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at Dream City, 611 Southgate Avenue - Suite A. The focus will be on community policing and youth engagement. 

Face coverings and social distancing will be required to participate in this event due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the City's face covering ordinance. The City will provide masks at no charge to participants who do not have one. Those who attend should also bring their own chairs, blankets, and water. 

Date of publication

Thursday, September 24, 2020