Students with the Youth Leadership Group at Keokuk’s High School presented care packages to Officers of our Keokuk Police Department. The packages contained snacks with motivational messages. They also presented me with a card thanking us for our service. Associate Principal Heather Davis told me the group has been active with many community projects. We took time for a few photos and a quick tour of the station. Thanks for the card and care packages!
On August 27, 2016 from 9:00 – 11:00, Sergeant Parrish and School Resource Officer Johnson from the Keokuk Police Department participated in the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) kickoff event at Hawthorne Elementary. Officer Parrish and Johnson visited with the children and handed out coloring books, pencils, stickers and let them tour the inside of a KPD squad car. Fun was had by all. Thanks to everyone who participated in the event and to Hawthorne Elementary for hosting.
On August 2nd, 2016, members of the Keokuk Police Department participated in National Night Out – a community building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships. During the 2016 National Night Out, officers with the Keokuk Police Department drove through many Keokuk neighborhoods stopping to meet with business owners, families, and children discussing community events, neighborhood issues, and handing out “Jr. Police Officer” badge stickers.
In the photo on the left, Sergeant Johnson can be seen handing out “Jr. Police Officer” badge stickers to children at the Keokuk Aquatic Center. The photo on the right shows a Facebook posting supporting our Keokuk Police Officers.
June 4th, 2016, Keokuk Animal Services held a “free will offering” dog wash at the Keokuk Police Department, approximately 50 dogs were washed from 9:00 – 1:00. The money raised will go towards the care of lost and homeless animals of Keokuk. Thank you to all who brought their dogs and to our volunteers who helped.
Each year, the Keokuk Police Department donates a gift certificate to be auctioned off for the Keokuk Catholic School System.
On May 18, 2016, the two daughters of Pat & Deann McNally were the lucky recipients. The two girls, along with the daughter of Sergeant Wade Johnson, enjoyed a ride in a squad car around town driven by Sergeant Johnson. They received photos taken of them, along with Sergeant Johnson, as a keepsake.
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.
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!