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.
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.
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!