The Carroll Police Department consists of one civilian Administrative Assistant and 15 sworn officers: the Chief of Police, one Captain, three Sergeants, one Detective, and nine patrol officers. All sworn personnel are trained and certified through the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Additional training is received through attendance at specialized schools, seminars, and in-service training.
There are a minimum of two officers on duty, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. During peak activity hours there are as many as six officers on duty at a time. Duty shifts consist of 8 and 10-hour overlapping shifts which provide maximum coverage and schedule flexibility.
The Carroll Police Department provides various crime prevention programs including salvage vehicle theft inspections, business, and residential security assessments, vacation security checks, bicycle licensing, and D.A.R.E.
Due to the nature of the job, police officers must often perform tasks or duties which may be perceived as negative or unpopular. Our officers perform these duties fairly, impartially, honestly, and with a positive attitude. This approach has been rewarded by consistently having one of the lowest overall crime rates in the State as well as being one of the cleanest cities. The efforts of our officers are complemented by the assistance of the citizens of Carroll, who are very cooperative and proud of the clean and safe environment which they have come to expect and enjoy.
The citizen is the most important person in this city. Without them, there would be no city. We are dependent on them. They are not to be hurried away so we can do our own thing…they are our thing. They are not an interruption to our work, but the purpose of it.
The Carroll Police Department offers fingerprinting for job applicants, and the fee is $10. No appointment is necessary; however, this service is only offered during business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
Salvage-titled Vehicle Inspection
The Carroll Police Department is one of only a few police departments in western Iowa that is DOT-certified to inspect salvage-titled vehicles. The fee is $50.
After the customer obtains the appropriate salvage title they need per Iowa law, have all their receipts gathered, and the vehicle is repaired to fix all defects (except body markings, trim, paint and airbag replacement per Iowa Code and Administrative rule), the customer will need to go to the following link to complete the necessary information and to make credit or debit card payment:
Customers need to bring all of the receipts for all parts utilized to repair the Salvage Vehicle to the examination for the officer to view, a completed permit to drive the vehicle for examination to your inspection location, which is provided during the electronic application, and their Salvage Title as proof of ownership.
As part of our regular patrol, we offer residential security checks. Any resident that will be out of town for a period of time can notify the police department and complete a form. Officers will routinely check the perimeter of your home for anything suspicious. Please notify the police department when you return home.
The police department receives complaints of drivers traveling at high rates of speed that are not consistent with the posted speed limit in different areas of town. The city of Carroll has a speed trailer, which is used to regulate speeds and remind drivers of the posted speed limit. The police department has the ability to move the trailer to different parts of town. If you feel that your area or neighborhood is in need of speed regulation, please contact us.
Police Department Tours
As part of community policing efforts, as well as an educational tool, we offer guided tours of the police department upon request. We have done many tours for different organizations in our community such as boy scouts, girl scouts, 4-H, and school field trips. If your organization would like a tour, please contact us.