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Oelwein Classes Tour Oelwein PD


On Monday, April 25th, 2016, Mrs. VanDenHul and Mrs. Forsyth's Classes, from Wing's Park Elementary, and the Oelwein Head Start class toured the Oelwein Police Department. Oelwein Officer Chris Hartmann conducted the tour which included showing the inside of a patrol car and explaining the items Oelwein officer's carry on their duty belts. Dispatch Supervisor Kris McGrane showed the classes the Communications Room and explained the "Do's and Don'ts" when dialing 9-1-1.


Oelwein PD Helps Fight Prescription Drug Abuse


The Oelwein Police Department is once again teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. It also helps the public prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.


A few years ago, the Rotary Club of Oelwein, Schuchmann’s Pharmacy, the former Don’s Pharmacy and the Oelwein Police Department partnered up to purchase a Med Return Drug Collection Unit. This unit is kept at the lobby of the Oelwein Police Department as a convenient, safe place for citizens to deposit their expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Citizens may bring their pills for disposal at the Oelwein Police Department, 501 Rock Island Road, any day between the hours of 7AM and midnight. (We do not accept any liquid medications, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) This is a free and anonymous service, no questions asked.


The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 30th. Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds – more than 2,750 tons – of pills.


This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 30th Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

2015 Arresting Hunger Food Drive

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Haunted House 2015


Poker Run - Saturday July 18th, 2015


OPD Offers Free Hunter Education Class

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The Oelwein Police Department is offering a FREE Hunter Education class on July 14th & 15th, 2015 at the Oelwein Police Department (501 Rock Island Road). Hunter education is a mandatory program for anyone born after January 1, 1972 and is designed to introduce students to several life-long skills that are important to the many different types of outdoor recreational opportunities. The course teaches students basic survival and first aid skills, water safety, wildlife identification, and the basics of wildlife management, hunting laws, and firearm/archery safety. Hunter education also stresses the importance of individual responsibility and outdoor ethics.

To register for the FREE Hunter Education class, please click here. For more information about the class, contact Officer Bentley at 319-283-4311, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here. The class will be held from 8AM to 4PM both days (July 14th & 15th). Sign-up quickly, there is a limited number of seats available.

After you register for the class, you will need to pick up your books at the Oelwein Police Department (501 Rock Island Rd) one week prior to the class. All chapter reviews must be completed in the books prior to July 14th. Please bring a sack lunch for both days.

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Battle of the Badges Blood Drive 2015

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It is that time of year, when the Oelwein police officers and the Oelwein firemen put down their gear and roll-up their sleeves to donate blood.

Last year, the Oelwein firemen took home the trophy when they had 37 people donate on their behalf while the Oelwein police had 21.

Both departments would like to invite you to come donate blood on Friday, May 15th, 2015 from 1PM to 6PM at the Oelwein Community Plaza, 25 W Charles Street.

Appointments are preferred by calling to set-up an appointment at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767), however walk-ins are welcome.



Oelwein PD 2014 Winter Coat Drive a Huge Success


Oelwein Police Chief Jeremy Logan and Captain Ron Voshell turn over the smaller winter apparel to Wings Park Elementary staff members Britani Magsamen and Carrie Peterson.


Oelwein Police Captain Ron Voshell gives the adult winter apparel to Full Circle Services, John Heinze, Vickie Wendel, Zachary Moffeit and Joshua Wieland.


With the help of the community, the Oelwein Police Department’s 2014 winter coat drive was an incredible success. The coat drive started on November 1st, 2014, inviting the public to drop off new and slightly used winter coats, hats, gloves, scarfs or monetary donations. The original goal was to receive at least 100 coats. On December 18th, the police department announced they were no longer accepting donations, as they had received 304 coats, 15 pairs of boots, 30 hats, 25 gloves, 13 scarfs and 10 pairs of snow pants. Oelwein Captain Ron Voshell stated “We were shocked by the overwhelming success of this project and the generosity of our citizenry. We want to thank everyone who assisted in this effort.” The smaller winter apparel was turned over to Wings Park Elementary staff, Britani Magsamen and Carrie Peterson. The adult apparel was given to Full Circle Services (John Heinze, Vickie Wendel, Zachary Moffeit and Joshua Wieland). With the help of the Wings Park Elementary staff and Full Circle Services, the winter apparel will find new homes for our neighbors who need them.

Arresting Hunger Food Drive & Zombie Parade Huge Success

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Oelwein Officer Chet Reagan with his son, Talon, helped unload all the donated items from the Arresting Hunger Food Drive in November 2014.


It took a full crew of volunteers almost a week to put away all the donated items at the Oelwein Community Kitchen Cupboard Food Pantry from the 2014 Zombie Parade and Arresting Hunger Food Drive. The two Oelwein Police Department sponsored events, held earlier this fall, took in 1,426 items and several cash donations. This was the second year the police department held the Zombie Parade in downtown Oelwein and the third year of the Arresting Hunger Food Drive project in the Fareway parking lot. Typically, the holiday season is a tough time for food banks. The goal of these two events are to help provide as many food and hygiene items as possible to the local food pantry so they can lend a helping hand to those in need during the holiday season.

The Oelwein Police Department would like to thank the Oelwein Community Kitchen Cupboard for their support, the volunteers that helped unload, to Fareway for hosting and for their generous donation and to all those who donated for making these events a huge success.

If you missed this opportunity to donate, you have another chance before the holiday season is over. This Friday, December 12th from 6-8PM and Saturday, December 13th from 4-7PM, the Oelwein Police Department will be sponsoring the “Just Play Food Drive” at the Williams Wellness Center. The open gym will be available for all ages and admission is 2 nonperishable food items per person. Basketball, volleyball and other games and contests will be available for everyone to enjoy. All items will be donated to the Oelwein Community Kitchen Cupboard.


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Oelwein Police Department Frequently Asked Questions

Oelwein Police History

The Oelwein Police Department was established in 1903


The Oelwein Police Department was established in 1903 as the recognized law enforcement for the City of Oelwein

Currently the Oelwein Police Department employs:
10 Full Time Police Officers
4 Full Time Communications Operators
1 Administrative Assistant

7 Reserve (Volunteer) Police Officers


The Oelwein Police Department is located at 501 Rock Island Road, Oelwein, Iowa 50662.





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