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.

Reserve Unit

  • The Waterloo Police Department’s Reserve Unit was established in 1958 by Chief Harry Krieg
  • Reserve officers volunteer a minimum of 8 hours monthly and attend monthly training session where they receive the same type of in-service training as full-time officers
  • New reserve officers receive 180 hours of specialized training at the Police Department sponsored Reserve Academy then spend 160 hours assigned to field training officers working the streets
  • Reserve officers have full police powers defined by the Code of Iowa and handle the same types of calls as full-time officers
  • Reserve officers patrol as partners with either another reserve or a full-time officer
  • The Reserve Unit is supervised by a full-time Police Lieutenant as well as a Reserve Command staff consisting of a Reserve Captain, Reserve Lieutenant, and two Reserve Sergeants
  • Currently there are 20 reserve officers, 5 with more than 15 years of experience, and these officers volunteer more that 3200 hours a year

If you have any questions about the Reserve Officer Program, contact Lt. Brent Cirksena at (319)291-4340 and follow the prompts for the training unit or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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.

Lt. Fangman 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..

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.

To Contact the Patrol Division Commander email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 291-4340 and follow the prompts.

Motorcycle Unit

  • Currently 2 officers are assigned to the Motorcycle Unit
  • Motor Officers ride Harley-Davidson FLHPI Road Kings
  • Motorcycles are fuel-injected, twin-cam Police Specials with 88 cubic inch displacement (1450 cc) , 62 horse power and a curb weight of 723 pounds
  • The Police Special version of the FLHPI is manufactured by Harley-Davidson for law enforcement agencies only