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The Ottumwa Police Department is comprised of 40 sworn officers and 10 civilians. The Department is organized into two major components: Operations Division and Services Division. Each Division operates under the command of a Lieutenant. The Division Commanders report to the Chief of Police.
The responsibilities of the Operations Division include the Patrol Unit, the Investigations Unit, and the Southeast Iowa Interagency Drug Task Force. Activities of the Patrol Unit include answering calls for service, responding to emergencies, traffic law enforcement, preliminary criminal and follow-up investigations, detection of violations of the law, and apprehension of violators of the law. The Investigations Unit is responsible for criminal / major case investigations, special investigations, intelligence gathering and dissemination, and gang suppression. The Drug Task Force is responsible for investigating, apprehending, and prosecuting drug and drug-related criminal offenders in a six county area.
The Services Division is responsible for Budget/Fiscal Management, Grant Administration, Planning, Policy Formulation, Law Center Management, Internal Affairs, Training, Entry Level Testing, Department Equipment, Inspections, Property/Evidence, D.A.R.E./G.R.E.A.T. Program, School Resource Officer Program, Traffic Safety Program, K-9 Program, Housing Authority Officer, and Community Service Officers assigned to Parking and Animal Control Enforcement. Additionally, the Division is responsible for the Records and Communications functions within the Department.
Lieutenant Hucks began his career with the Ottumwa Police Department on July 15, 1996. As an officer, he was assigned to the Patrol Unit, Investigations Unit, and Housing Authority Officer. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2004 and served as a Patrol Supervisor, Investigations Unit Supervisor, Training Supervisor, and Services Division Supervisor. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2011 and serves as Services Division Commander and the Emergency Response Team's Team Commander. Lt. Hucks has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
To visualize the structure, view the Department's organizational structure chart.