Use of Force Policy
To Waukee residents, visitors and business partners:
The May 2020 tragedy involving George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, and several other high-profile incidents have resulted in the initiation of some much needed conversations about law enforcement in the U.S. These discussions are long overdue and are sometimes difficult to work through. The Waukee Police Department welcomes open, respectful dialogue with everyone we serve. Our department is committed to education before enforcement whenever possible. Officers are also dedicated to ensuring every person is treated with acceptance, compassion and professionalism.
As part of recent discussions, many law enforcement leaders have fielded questions about an initiative entitled “8 Can’t Wait”. If you are not familiar with 8 Can’t Wait, read more here. The Waukee Police Department’s Use of Force policy aligns closely with the eight virtues of 8 Can’t Wait. Please see below for some of the guidelines to which the department adheres.
Waukee Police Chief John Quinn
Where the Waukee Police Department Stands
Ban Chokeholds & Strangleholds
Require a Warning Before Shooting
Exhaust All Other Means Before Shooting
Duty to Intervene
Ban Shooting at Moving Vehicles
Require a Use of Force Continuum
Require Comprehensive Reporting Each Time an Officer Uses Force or Threatens to Do So