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Waterloo reacts to Police Chief staying

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The Waterloo Police Chief isn't going anywhere after reports last week that he would resign.

Chief Dan Trelka will stay on as the department's head.    

This is just days after sources told KWWL that Trelka told some staff that he was asked to resign and he would do so by the end of the year.

Trelka and Mayor Quentin Hart making a joint statement, Monday. Mayor Hart showing complete confidence in the chief.

"I'm telling you first and foremost that I believe Dan Trelka is the one that could help us to address the myriad of challenges internally and externally that we face," said Mayor Hart during the Monday afternoon press conference.

Chief Trelka also spoke, saying, "I'm here to work with Mayor Hart, we've got some challenges to face, some adjustments to make."

Despite the announcement, many outraged citizens still showed up to the city council meeting to speak their mind.

The Waterloo Police Department and the crime surrounding the city were center staged for nearly 2 hours during the meeting.

Dozens voiced their concerns or support for the Chief.

"So who else is held accountable, if we don't hold the Chief of Police accountable? Who else is held accountable, if we don't hold the Mayor accountable?" said one man.

"I think Dan is an excellent officer," said another man.

"Chief Trelka, seems to me that since you are going to be around, you have a lot of work to do," said a Waterloo resident.

The possible resignation last week came after several city settlements and videos of police misconduct surfacing.

The mother of one teen who settled with the city and received $5,000 in hush money, broke her silence.

Malcolm Anderson was slammed to the ground outside the hospital and left there with injuries, after bringing a stabbing victim to be treated.

"I get to the hospital and my son's blood is all over the sidewalk. I asked the police, 'What happened to my son?' Now you guys paid my son $5,000 to be quiet, but you didn't pay me. When I asked the officer, 'What happened to my son? Why is his blood all over the sidewalk?' 'Well, your son is resisting,'" said Malcolm Anderson's mother.

Cases like Anderson's have led to the current divide. The Mayor listened to the many comments and responded.

"I believe that we have plan that is going to do exactly what you are talking about and move this community forward," said Mayor Hart.

Mayor Hart mentioned the more than 200 calls officers respond to in a day and the staffing issues the department may have.

An issue that was brought up more than once in this research study of the police department by the Police Executive Research Forum in June of last year.

The results released a year ago stated officers were burned out from the high number of calls and had little time for community outreach because of it.
   

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