Chief's Office
A Message From Chief Trelka
Welcome to the Waterloo, Iowa Police Department's site on the World Wide Web. We are proud to be among the best and most pro-active police departments in the state of Iowa. We have adopted a department wide Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving philosophy (COPPS) in order to bring us closer to our citizens and to receive their input and information on crime and disorder in their neighborhoods. We have a number of unique specialty units and I invite you to browse this site and learn more about them.

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History of the Waterloo Police Chiefs

Since 1868 there have been 12 Marshals and 21 Police Chiefs for the City of Waterloo. Listed below are the names and dates of tenure for the Marshal's and Police Chiefs.

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Chief Daniel Trelka Bio

Chief Dan Trelka was appointed to the position as the Waterloo Chief of Police in May of 2010. He started his career as a deputy sheriff in Weld County, Colorado from 1990-1992.  Following that he was a member of the Sturgeon Bay (Wisconsin) Police Department from 1992-2010, where he served as Chief of Police from 2003 until coming to the Waterloo Police Department.

He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. 

Civic Responsibilities

  • Board Member, Black Hawk Consolidated Communications
  • Board Member, Black Hawk County Criminal Justice Information System
  • Board Member, Black Hawk County 911 Service Board
  • Board Member, Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force

Special Points of Interest

  • Associate's Degree, Police Science- Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, WI
  • Bachelor's Degree, Criminal Justice Administration- Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, WI
  • Master's Degree, Management and Organizational Behavior- Silver Lake College in Manitowoc,WI
  • Certified as a Public Manager (CPM) through the University of Wisconsin
  • Graduate of F.B.I. National Academy, 208th Session
  • Oversees $10.5 Million annual budget
  • Supervises 125 Officers and 10 civilians

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