Crime Prevention Programs

Annual National Night Out


The department hosts the Annual National Night Out (NNO) program with the Grinnell Optimist Club. NNO is a police and community partnership that is designed to:
  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for and participation in anti-crime programs
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back
Pat Hatting and Officer Bryce Doane are the co-chairs of this event.

Annual Shop with a Cop

We hold the Annual Shop with a Cop program with Wal-Mart and the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce as sponsors. Local citizens have helped coordinate community members to donate over $4,000 annually to this cause.

The Grinnell Middle School and Galaxy Youth Center staff also assist. This program helps deserving children enjoy their holidays and gives officers and children an opportunity to spend time together, which fosters relationships that will last a long time.

Citizen's Police Academy


This eight-week program is designed primarily for the community to better understand how their Police Department functions. The attendees learn many facets of law enforcement duties, from basic patrol to firearms to criminal investigations.


Citizen Police Academy Application

Bicycle Registration


Please remember to register your bicycle at the Grinnell Police Department free of charge. Click on the provided link or stop by the Department for a form. If you would like to include a photo of your bicycle we can also attach that to our records. 

Bicycle Registration