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Chief Trelka addresses shootings

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Less than a month into his new job as Waterloo Police Chief, Dan Trelka is having to address two shootings in less than 24 hours.

Chief Trelka has high praise for the officers who responded to both incidents.

"The only way to describe their actions is vigilant professionalism. It really ended well in the first situation and the second situation we're aggressively investigating," said Trelka.

To stop a problem like this you can't just have good officers, Trelka says you also need community involvement.

"A lot of people like to say this is a police problem... It's not. It's a social problem, it's a community problem. What is encouraging for me is the passion and dedication of the all the people in this community that wants to get involved and want to make a difference because what we need to do is head a lot of this off before it happens," said Trelka.

Chief Trelka supports the 10-point plan created by community leaders in Waterloo. He's says its efforts like that which will improve this and its reputation.

"Coming from the outside is what pains me is there is a perception of waterloo that doesn't exist. I mean it is a safe great community but there are some pocket areas that we need to address and we are addressing them with the help of religious organizations, civic organizations. They are dedicated individuals.... People with dedication and passion and are very involved."

Chief Trelka also says that you will be seeing more police officers outside of their squad cars. He says getting officers out and talking to people in the community is a big step to making Waterloo a safe place.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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