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Waterloo Police Department changes mission statement

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- One eastern Iowa police department is getting back to basics when it comes to serving its community.

Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka is revamping the department's mission statement along with its core values. Chief Trelka talked to everyone in the department before releasing the new mission statement as well as the department's core values. He said that everyone needed to be part of this to make it work.

The new mission statement says, "To vigilantly protect, serve, and work together with our community to prevent crime and enhance the quality of life in our neighborhoods." It is the mission each officer with the Waterloo Police Department will now follow.

Chief Trelka has made it a priority to get his department more involved in the community, by asking officers to get out of their squad cars and hit the streets. The new mission statement reinforces that point.

"We felt it was important to show that we are apart of the community with our mission statement, not separate from the community. That's why we use the word 'our' twice, so we can have ownership in it and the citizens realize that we have ownership in it and help them," said Trelka.

The department's core values include vigilance, integrity, courage, professional, honest, and respect.

"Any situations that our officers responds to, any problem that residents have, there could be five to six different ways to handle that. If they just slow down and ask what does our mission statement say? What does the community expect from us? That will narrow it down to one or two and that will be the better one or two of those six choices."

The Waterloo Police Department is made up of 121 sworn police officers and 10 others.

You can see the entire video about the mission statement and core values on the Waterloo Police Department's website and by clicking here.


Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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