Patrol Division

  • The Patrol Division has approximately 80 officers
  • There are 3 patrol shifts or watches.
    • 1st Watch patrols Waterloo from 7 AM until 3 PM
    • 2nd Watch from 3 PM until 11 PM
    • 3rd Watch from 11PM until 7 AM
  • Each watch has 1 lieutenant, 4 sergeants, and approximately 21 officers
  • Patrol officers are the first responders to any call for police assistance
  • Patrol officers initiate contact with our citizens and visitors through traffic enforcement and Community-Oriented Policing practices.
  • Patrol officers are assigned or volunteer for many additional duties like the Tactical Team, the Bicycle Patrol, and to be crime scene investigators, etc.

Contact the Patrol Division Commander at (319)291-4383 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Violent Crime Apprehension Team (VCAT)

On August 24, 2009 the Waterloo City Council accepted a four-year grant from the COPS Hiring Recovery Program, which was offered to the Waterloo Police Department; to hire five new police officers to staff the Department’s newly created Violent Crime Apprehension Team (VCAT).  

The VCAT officers are additional officers assigned to the Department’s patrol division.  This Unit is tasked with identifying and arresting those persons who are committing violent crimes which include, but are not limited to gang violence, gun crimes and drug offenses.  A patrol sergeant, who is also a member of the Unit, not only supervises the VCAT officers, but works hand and hand with them as they perform their assigned tasks. 

The VCAT Unit works closely with other police department personnel, Waterloo neighborhood associations, citizens and other sources to identify violent crime areas with the ultimate goal of reducing criminal activity.

Bomb Squad Unit

  • 3 Officers are currently assigned to the Bomb Squad
  • All have attended or will soon be attending the FBI's Hazardous Devices School at the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Alabama
  • Members are certified as "Bomb Disposal Technicians" and attend 8 hours of in-service training per month
  • The unit responds to an average of 6 calls per year
  • The unit also disposes of old military ordinance

Canine Unit

  • Current Canine Program initiated in 1990 with 4 Dogs
  • Waterloo Police currently has 3 certified working dogs
  • All canine handlers are assigned to the Patrol Division and handle their canine responsibilities in addition to their patrol duties.
  • The Waterloo Police Canine unit uses German Shepards and Belgian Malinois
  • Canines and their handlers undergo six weeks of training before being certified for duty.
  • The canine program averages more than 160 Narcotics Searches, 80 Building Searches, 55 Tracking calls, and 25 Officer assists annually in addition to numerous public demonstrations.

Sgt Farmer is the K-9 program coordinator and he can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Field Training Unit

  • Established in 1983, all newly hired officers are first assigned to this unit
  • Unit is comprised of one Field Training Coordinator, ten Field Training Supervisors of the rank of Sergeant or Lieutenant and twenty-six Field Training Officers (FTO)
  • Being an FTO is a voluntary additional duty assignment
  • New hires, or probationary officers, are under the supervision of the Field Training Unit for at least 12 weeks
  • Probationary officers must complete this three-phase process before being assigned to a regular watch as a patrol officer