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Services Division

The Services Division of the Davenport Police Department is under the command of Captain Jane Imming.  The Division is responsible for many critical functions which are necessary for the Davenport Police Department to be an effective law enforcement agency. The duties and responsibilities are diverse. There are four bureaus within the Division.  The Bureaus include the Crime Prevention Bureau, Identification Bureau, Records Bureau and Training Bureau.  Each Bureau is commanded by a lieutenant or civilian manager.  The Crime Prevention Bureau includes the Neighborhoods Energized To Succeed (NETS) Unit, the Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) and the School Resource Officer (SRO) Unit.  The Identification Bureau includes the Crime Scene Unit, Property & Evidence Unit, and the Computer Forensics Unit.  The Volunteer in Police Services (VIPS) Program operates from within the Services Division.

In addition to the bureaus and units within the Services Division, other responsibilities include management of the department's annual operating budget and capital improvement program, personnel responsibilities, recruiting, risk management, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) accreditation management, building & grounds and fleet coordination.

The dedicated sworn and civilian employees and volunteers within the Services Division help make the Davenport Police Department a recognized agency within the area and the State.

For more information, please contact:
Captain Jane Imming
p9507@ci.davenport.ia.us
563-326-6109

Records Bureau

The Records Bureau is responsible for the accurate  and efficient processing and maintenance of records during the day-to-day operations of the Davenport Police Department. Police Services Generalists (PSG) collect, file, update, and process records daily in order to more accurately and expeditiously serve the department and the Criminal Justice Community as a whole. Additionally, PSGs assist the public with their requests for information and provide explanations pertaining to the various aspects of police records.

Case reports and supplements are produced by police officers and civilian employees within the department. The PSGs interpret the case reports and supplements in a process called coding. During the coding process, the PSGs collect from each case report and supplement the names and personal data of the many victims, offenders, witnesses and arrested subjects as well as determining what crime occurred and adding that information for statistical reporting.

PSGs responsibilities include; but, are not limited to front desk duty, report taking, traffic duties, records window duty and miscellaneous tasks. While performing front desk duty, the PSGs answer thousands of phone calls and provide direction to hundreds of citizens each year. Traffic duties require PSGs to maintain information on impounded vehicles; and, provide vehicle and property/release information for impounded vehicles to citizens. While performing records window duties, the PSGs provide over-the-counter services to citizens for the dissemination of copies of reports and other special requests made by citizens. Miscellaneous Tasks are an additional duty of the PSGs which include but are not limited to processing background checks, report requests, insurance requests, fulfillment of subpoenas, trespass notices, juvenile-sealings (records/cases sealed and treated as if never existed), taxi licenses, mug shots, victim reparations, obituaries, and school bus violations. 

The Records Bureau is responsible for compiling crime statistics as they apply to the changing trends of criminal activity throughout the nation. These statistics are submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice, through the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Clarksburg, W. VA., where they are added to those of other agencies throughout the United States. The FBI then compiles detailed crime statistics for the local jurisdictions, the states and the nation and distributes this information to aid these law enforcement agencies in their common fight against crime.

For more information, please contact:
Records Bureau Supervisor Lyndsey Seifert
p13020@ci.davenport.ia.us
563-326-6183.  

Identification Bureau

The Identification Bureau is comprised of the Civilian Crime Scene Unit, Civilian Property and Evidence Unit, and the Computer Forensic Unit.  The primary functions of the Identification Bureau include responding to crime scenes, processing and examining forensic evidence to identify suspects in crimes, processing and examining digital evidence, and maintaining proper chain of custody of evidence.   The Identification Bureau has an authorized strength of eight civilian employees and two sworn employees.

CRIME SCENE UNIT

The Civilian Crime Scene Unit of the Davenport Police Department is responsible for responding to crime scenes involving homicides, death investigations, robberies, sex crimes, assaults, burglaries, thefts, criminal damage, crash investigations, drug/narcotic crimes and weapons offenses. The crime scene technicians take digital photographs to preserve the appearance of crime scenes, evidence, victims and/or suspects. They locate, identify, process, collect, package, document and secure physical evidence and conduct any follow-up tasks involved with these responsibilities. Utilizing the DPD Crime Lab, the civilian crime scene technicians process many different items of evidence for latent prints using a combination of powders, chemicals and alternate light sources. They collect trace evidence and DNA. In addition, they perform marijuana identification testing on marijuana cases scheduled for court.  The civilian crime scene technicians prepare all proper documentation and testify in court.

The Civilian Crime Scene Unit has an authorized strength of four civilian crime scene technicians and one lead civilian crime scene technician.

PROPERTY & EVIDENCE UNIT

The Property & Evidence Storage Technicians are responsible for maintaining the proper chain of custody of all evidence including the handling, storage, transfer, research, return, and destruction of evidence and found property. The Property & Evidence Storage Technicians prepare all proper documentation and testify in court.

The Property & Evidence Unit has an authorized strength of two civilian employees. The Property & Evidence Storage Technicians are Certified Property & Evidence Specialists through the International Association for Property & Evidence. In addition to two full-time employees, two VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service) assist the Property & Evidence Storage Technicians. The volunteers donate approximately 20 hours per week on a weekly basis assisting the full-time staff with their duties.

COMPUTER FORENSICS UNIT

The Computer Forensics Unit is tasked with analyzing digital evidence by performing hardware, software, and virtual analyses of digital evidence in the computer laboratory and in the field.  The Forensic Computer Examiners process and analyze digital evidence, including disassembly of computer hardware; forensic imaging of digital media; examination of data related to criminal offenses; recovery of data from cellular telephones; and, assist other Units and agencies with search warrants involving digital evidence.  The Computer Forensics Unit has any authorized strength of two sworn employees. 

For more information, please contact:
Captain Jane Imming
p9507@ci.davenport.ia.us
563-326-6109.

Crime Prevention Bureau

The Crime Prevention Bureau consists of the Crime Prevention Unit (CPU), Neighborhoods Energized to Succeed Unit (NETS), and the School Resource Officer Unit (SRO).  The Bureau is commanded by a lieutenant.  

CRIME PREVENTION UNIT (CPU)

The Crime Prevention Unit's primary responsibilities include  actively assisting in reducing crime and calls for service through education, public awareness, and various crime prevention programs.  A key component is actively working with, and continually recruiting community partners to help with the implementation of programs designed to suppress and prevent crime.  Crime Prevention Officers are dedicated to educating youth and adults in our community and have an active role in the Department's Community Outreach Program.  The Crime Prevention Unit is staffed by one sergeant, one corporal and one officer. 

NEIGHBORHOODS ENERGIZED TO SUCCEED UNIT (NETS)

The Neighborhoods Energized to Succeed (NETS) Unit's responsibilities include using a hybrid of the Community Oriented Policing (COP) and Problem Oriented Policing (POP) philosophies to reduce real and perceived crime levels and improve the overall quality of life in Davenport.  These philosophies allow the NETS Officers and Crime Prevention Bureau to increase positive police interactions and partner with bureaus within the Police Department, city departments, outside agencies, area businesses and residents to implement consistent programming to develop healthier neighborhoods.  NETS Officers are assigned to six designated "NETS Areas".  Those areas include:  Goose Creek, Census Tract 128.2, Taylor Heights, Heatherton Heights, NETS East and Downtown NETS.  The NETS Unit is staffed by one sergeant, one corporal, and six NETS Officers. 

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER UNIT (SRO)

The School Resource Officer (SRO) Unit is staffed by one sergeant and two officers assigned to the Davenport Community School District.  During the school year, one officer works at Davenport Central High School and one officer works at Davenport West High School.  The sergeant is assigned year round to the school district.  The SROs are available for students to approach for information, guidance and assistance.  They are responsible for investigating crimes and complaints that are committed on school property, making arrests when appropriate and partnering with Crime Prevention Unit Officers to educate high school and intermediate students in "The Law and You" program.   

For more information, please contact:
Lieutenant Kevin Smull
p10221@ci.davenport.ia.us
563-328-6788

 

Training Bureau

The mission of the Davenport Police Department Training Bureau is to prepare professional sworn and non-sworn employees to meet the rapidly evolving needs of modern society.  Quality training enables our employees to provide quality service to the citizens of Davenport. 

Training for our employees begins when they are hired and ends when they retire.  The Training Bureau prepares newly hired officers for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, transitions them to the Field Training Program when they graduate, and provides continuing education in the form of in-service training throughout their career.   

In-Service training is instructed by employees assigned to the Training Bureau as well as other sworn and non-sworn employees from various areas, throughout the department, who are certified to instruct their respective areas of expertise.  Instructors from outside the Department are also utilized for certain courses of instruction.

The Davenport Police Department's training facilities consist of a state of the art indoor tactical range, a dedicated 26' x 40' mat room for defensive tactics training, a dedicated Firearms Training Simulator (F.A.T.S.) system room, and a 94 seat auditorium-style classroom in the lower level of the Police Department. 

The Training Bureau consists of 1 Lieutenant, 1 Sergeant, and 1 Officer who between them are responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of departmental training.  

For more information, please contact:
Lieutenant Mark Hanssen
p9086@ci.davenport.ia.us
563-888-3566