Public Safety Services

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The City of Cedar Falls is proud to present the Cedar Falls Public Safety Special Report: 2021 - 2025. It includes the future goals of the department for the next four years. Citizens can view the report at

COVID-19 Announcement from Cedar Falls Public Safety

Cedar Falls Public Safety Update: To help lessen the risk of COVID-19, the Cedar Falls Public Safety Building will be limited to public access until further notice. No rental or commercial inspections will be done during this time. 

Cedar Falls Public Safety is taking additional precautions to keep the public, as well as our employees, safe during this COVID-19 emergency. Public safety personnel have been provided with protective masks and gloves. Response vehicles and uniforms are thoroughly disinfected as needed as a precaution against the transmission of COVID-19. The Consolidated Dispatch Center (911) is also using a protocol to identity potential symptoms of COVID-19.

In order to help prepare our personnel for calls, you should expect that Black Hawk County Dispatch will ask additional questions on your situation. As an extra precaution, our emergency personnel may practice social distancing when possible while responding to calls.

You can also now report crimes online at The online submission form allows for the reporting of crimes such as credit card fraud, harassment, theft, and minor vehicle accidents on private property. It is not for emergencies or crimes in progress. In an emergency situation always call 911.

Visit to stay updated on COVID-19 in our county and also follow the Cedar Falls, Iowa, City Government Facebook page and for city announcements.

Thank you for your support as we work to keep our community safe.


The mission of the Cedar Falls Public Safety Department is to enhance the quality of life, safety, and security of our community.

What is the Public Safety Model?

The Cedar Falls public safety model is a cost-saving, collaborative effort from our Fire and Police Divisions to more effectively provide security in our community. Our officers are cross-trained between the two departments so they are able to perform both police and fire duties. Public Safety Officers may be assigned to either fire or police; however, they are trained and able to do both jobs when needed. Since serious fire calls in Cedar Falls have dropped 60 percent in the last 40 years, we need to better utilize the downtime between calls and more effectively use city tax dollars.
Learn more about the Public Safety Model

Cost Comparison: 
Public Safety Model vs. Traditional Model

The advantage of the Public Safety Model is that it provides more police officers on the street and more fire fighters responding to fires at a lower cost than the traditional model. In order to provide the same increased staffing levels under the traditional model would cost nearly $2,000,000 a year more in payroll. The Public Safety model averaged 15.1 fire fighters per day in 2018. In previous years the traditional model had a minimum staffing of 6–7 fire fighters. Police have also seen an increase in staffing and will soon have 2–3 more officers per shift.

Traditional vs. PS model chart

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