Each year, the Iowa City Police Department (ICPD) presents three awards to recognize employees for their accomplishments during the previous year.
Officer Jeffrey Schmidt received the 2020 Dick Lee Award, Systems Analyst Jim Baker received the 2020 Civilian Employee of the Year Award, and Officer Colin Fowler was named the 2020 Officer of the Year.
Richard Lee Award
The Richard “Dick” Lee Award was established in 1999 by several retired ICPD officers to honor the life work of Captain Dick Lee, who served as an Iowa City Police Officer for 32 years.
The annual award is presented to an officer in recognition of outstanding sustained efforts over the last year which positively impacted the community through a program or activity.
Jeffrey Schmidt, a police officer since 2016, is currently a patrol officer on the Evening Watch, liaison for the chaplain program, a member of the Metro Special Response Team, a bike officer, and a member of the Honor Guard. His efforts have helped the ICPD work in partnership with the community, enhance trust, protect with courage and compassion, and empower victims of crime through excellence in service.
Civilian Employee of the Year
The Civilian Employee of the Year Award was created in 2013 by retired Community Service Officer Lynda Ambrose to recognize the efforts and contributions of non-sworn personnel who are critical to maintaining the success and mission of the department on a daily basis.
Systems Analyst Jim Baker has been with the police department since 2002. He is responsible for managing the department’s software and related equipment and is invaluable in keeping the department running effectively and efficiently.
Officer of the Year
The Officer of the Year Award is presented annually to the officer who most significantly demonstrates work and behavioral ethics that mirror the Iowa City Police Department’s oath of honor and exemplifies a positive image of the Iowa City Police Department, as well as the community.
Officer Colin Fowler has worked for the ICPD since 1999. He currently serves the community as a patrol officer on the Day Watch and is involved in several teams within the department, including Crisis Intervention, Peer Support, Metro Special Response, Field Training, Bike, LGBTQ Liaison, and Firearms Instructor. Officer Fowler recently served as the Daytime Downtown Liaison Officer, where he helped foster positive relationships with businesses and patrons through public education, pro-active patrols, and homeless outreach.