The department currently consists of a staff of sworn officers and 11 civilians. The current Chief, Dan Trelka has been with the department since September and was appointed Director of Safety Services, the following year. The mission of the Waterloo Police Department is to protect, serve, work together with the community to prevent crime and enhance the quality of life in the city's neighborhoods. The department patch, as well as the livery for their cruiser units is unique within the state of Iowa as it incorporates a Red Griffin within the scheme.
Waterloo Iowa History
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Waterloo was originally known as Prairie Rapids Crossing. They were followed by the Virden and Mullan families in Evidence of these earliest families can still be found in the street names Hanna Boulevard, Mullan Avenue and Virden Creek. The name Waterloo supplanted the original name, Prairie Rapids Crossing, shortly after Charles Mullan petitioned for a post office in the town. Since the signed petition did not include the name of the proposed post office location, Mullan was charged with selecting the name when he submitted the petition.
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