Build a Better World Reading Program

Sergeant Parrish, with the Keokuk Police Department, speaks with a group of children in the Keokuk Public Library Round Room on Wednesday, June 21st. The children are part of the summer reading program, “Build a Better World”. Sergeant Parrish touched on topics of safety with the children and fielded questions from the 60 in attendance on what it is like being a police officer. Photo provided by Hank Hustus.

 

Rules Governing the Discharge of Fireworks

4.72.60 FIREWORKS DISCHARGING GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

 

It is the intention that citizens be allowed to enjoy the use of novelty and consumer fireworks. It is in the best interest of public safety that these restrictions are included to prevent or limit injuries and/or fire(s) caused by fireworks and their use in and around individuals, large gatherings or events, structures and the environment.

 

  1. No person under the age of 18 shall discharge a DOT 1.4 class fireworks without direct supervision by a parent or legal guardian.

 

  1. A person shall only discharge a fireworks device on real property they own or on property where consent has been expressly given. Fireworks shall not be discharged on City-owned or public property without authorization of the Keokuk City Council.

 

  1. Fireworks shall not be discharged by persons showing visible signs of, or who are determined to be intoxicated or under the influence of a drug or narcotic.

 

  1. Any person discharging a fireworks device assumes all responsibility for its operation and the consequences thereof. No person shall discharge a fireworks device in a reckless manner or manner likely to cause death, injury, fire, or property damage.

 

  1. No person shall discharge a fireworks device outside the following dates and hours:

(1) June 28 thru July 4, between the hours of nine a.m. until ten p.m., except on July 4, on which    date the hours are extended from nine a.m. until eleven p.m.
(2) December 31 thru January 1, between the hours of 9 a.m. on December 31st and ending at 12:30 a.m. on January 1st.

 

  1. It shall be unlawful to alter, remove, or discharge components of a fireworks device from its intended method of discharging.

 

  1. Sky lantern open flame devices are not permitted to be released within the city limits, except if tethered by a retrievable rope so long as the person discharging has control over the sky lantern.

 

  1. Exception: Fireworks displays may be approved as part of a special event permit issued by the Keokuk City Council. Inspections, Insurance, Display/Use types and Hours of use will apply.

 

  1. No person shall discharge or allow the use of fireworks to occur within 50 feet of an occupied structure in the city limits.

 

  1. No person shall discharge or allow the use of fireworks, including novelty, consumer or display types, within the proximity of others, or in areas where large public gatherings are present.

 

  1. No person shall discharge or allow the use, explosion or other discharge of fireworks in any commercial or industrial rated building zone within the city limits, without permission of the Fire Chief.

 

  1. Proximity for definition of this section shall mean within 10 feet of another individual, building/structure, or vehicle, unless a further distance is specifically given.

 

Fallen Officer Memorial Service

Keokuk Police Cadet Courtney Dalton attended a memorial service for slain Des Moines Police Sergeant Anthony Beminio and Urbandale Police Officer Justin Turner at the Chapel at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa. During the service, Dalton read aloud the obituaries of the two slain officers.  Officer Craig Bastert and Officer Tanner Walden attended the funeral of slain Urbandale Police Officer Justin Turner on Tuesday November 8th in Rockwell City, Iowa.  Both Bastert and Walden graduated with Turner from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in December of 2015.

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Police Officer Memorial

On May 15, 2016, Keokuk Elk’s Lodge #106 held a service at the Keokuk Police Department in honor of National Police Officer Memorial Day. Present were police officers, firemen, and members of the community.

In 2015, 158 police officers we’re killed in the line of duty across the country.  So far in 2016, 36 officers have died.

 

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Officers visit Torrence Prekindergarten

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, Officer Johnson spoke with Torrence Prekindergarten students about safety seats and stranger danger.  Officer Moore  brought a squad car for the children to look at.  Staff members commented that they are so thankful for the wonderful job the Keokuk’s police department does!

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