The Iowa City Police Department has assigned a new officer to its Downtown Liaison role. 

Officer David Schwindt is leaving his Downtown post, and Officer Colin Fowler will step into the position. The community is invited to say farewell to Officer Schwindt, and also welcome Officer Fowler during a reception hosted by the Iowa City Public Library from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5. 

Officer Schwindt was hired by the Iowa City Police Department in January 2001. He worked on patrol and as a Field Training Officer during his first 12 years. In 2013, he was selected to be the first Downtown Liaison Officer.

Officer Schwindt has worked to implement a number of Community Policing strategies in Downtown Iowa City, as well as eliminate the retail sales of synthetic drugs, and help establish the Winter Shelter and FUSE/Housing First projects. He will be transitioning to a new role with the City’s Police Department where he can continue work on the Data-Driven Justice Initiative, a program that uses data to identify people who would benefit from a pre-jail diversion program. 

Officer Fowler graduated from the University of Iowa and has been a police officer in Iowa City since 1999. He has worked patrol, including bicycle patrol, and has been assigned to the Downtown District for several years. He has been on the department’s Special Response Team since 2001.

Officer Fowler is a Field Training officer and instructor for the department’s Crisis Intervention and ALICE programs. He looks forward to continuing the work done by Officer Schwindt in his new role.

The reception is open to the public; donuts and coffee will be provided.

For more information about the reception, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

A poster promoting the Hello and Goodbye event for the Downtown officers.

Date of publication

Wednesday, September 27, 2017