Criminal Division

What We Do

The detectives of the Criminal Division conduct crime scene processing activities, follow-up investigations on initial crime reports, and initiate narcotics and vice investigations. The Sheriff’s Office has a 70% case clearance rate, well above the national average. The deputies also work burglaries, robberies, thefts, frauds, assaults, harassment’s, stolen vehicles, and sexual abuse. One of the detectives is also assigned full-time to the local Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force.

The Criminal Division is responsible for maintaining officer’s investigative reports, accident/theft reports, fingerprinting, Sex Offender Registry and issue permits to acquire and carry handguns. This office has support staff that may also assist you in obtaining copies of accident/criminal reports, Iowa driver’s license records, or criminal history checks. This information may be available by contacting the Sheriff’s Office during normal business hours (Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.), the fee (PDF) is expected at time of request. The Sheriff is the official Custodian of the records.

Sheriff’s Office has a property/evidence room open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To inquire about found property, to pick up property, or to ask questions about your property, contact Sgt. Lear by phone 319-892-6217 or email. You may also contact the Linn County Auditor 319-892-5300 to inquire about lost/found property. The Sheriff’s Office stores the lost/found property and the Auditor’s Office is the custodian of it.

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