Community Outreach

Citizen's Academy
Each year in the Spring, the departments holds a Citizen Police Academy designed to help our community members learn and understand what goes on in the daily life of an officer. Registration is now open for the 9 week academy starting June 8th-August 10th. Classes will be held on Thursdays from 6-9pm at the Norwalk Police Department. Class held on July 6th will be skipped. Key topics discussed are: 
  • Patrol Operations
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Drunk Driving Enforcement
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Community Outreach
Class sizes are limited to 12 so if you are interested, please don’t hesitate to submit an application for registration. Background checks will be conducted on all registrants. There is no cost to participate, students will receive a free shirt and certificate of completion. Participants must be 21 years or older. 
2023 Citizen's Academy Registration

Crime Prevention Assessment
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a concept where the physical structure, landscaping and general area of a home or business are analyzed to deter criminal behavior in and around the structure. The concept is designed to influence the decisions of individuals prior to the criminal act taking place, thus reducing the chance that you will be victimized. When requested, the police department will visit your home or business and complete an assessment to make suggestions on improvements that might reduce your chance of being victimized. If you would like to take advantage of this service, please contact us to schedule the officer.

Citizen Ride-a-long
Have you ever wanted to be a police officer? Or ever wanted to experience what it's like to be a police officer? If so, we offer a citizen ride-a-long program that will allow you to ride with an officer on-duty. Ride-a-longs are limited to 4 hours in length and participants are generally required to be at least 18 years of age. A short application and background check are also required. If you are interested, please complete the forms at the link below and mail or drop them off at the police department. Your application will then be processed and you will be called to schedule the ride.
*limited to two per year*

Ride-a-long Forms

Child Safety Seat Installation Instruction
Sergeant Ben Lewiston is a certified child safety seat technician and is available to assist you with installation and or review of how to best keep your child safe while riding in your vehicle. Sergeant Lewiston is available by appointment to meet with you. To schedule an appointment, please contact the department by phone or email.

Front Porch Norwalk 
The Norwalk Police Department in conjunction with Norwalk Hometown Pride promote Front Porch Norwalk. These events are held multiple times a summer on Wednesday evenings. Grab a lawn chair and beverage. Gather your neighbors on your front porch, driveway or lawn, and strike up a conversation and get to know one another. City employees will be sure to stop by your registered host sites. For more information click here

Officer Presentations
The officers of the police department are available to give talks and presentations on law enforcement matters at your group meeting or event. Please contact us by phone or email to schedule an officer to come and speak with you.

RAD - Rape Aggression Defense
Norwalk officers offer basic self defense training for women. The training teaches awareness, prevention risk education & avoidance strategies. This basic self defense empowers women to be confident & prepared in any situation.  
*This is not a martial arts program* You must be at least 16 years old to register.*
Norwalk Public Safety
1100 Chatham Avenue 
Norwalk, IA 50211

Emergencies: 911
Non-Emergencies: 515.222.3321

Phone: 515.981.0666 (Administration)
Fax: 515.981.5839