Akron, IA Police Department

Akron, IA Police Department The Akron Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency within the city limits of Akron, Iowa. We are dedicated to promoting the safety and welfare of the citizens of Akron by preventing crime and providing essential services.

I have decided to write an article that may be somewhat controversial, but this issue has come up repeatedly in town and...
10/06/2021

I have decided to write an article that may be somewhat controversial, but this issue has come up repeatedly in town and I think it's important for you to know where your police chief and your police department stands on this. So if anything that I say here makes you unhappy, I'm sorry for that. But I WILL tell you the truth.

Recently, the Akron Police Department and Akron City hall has received some complaints about a few houses in Akron that are displaying a flag that refers to President Biden. And there is definitely a profane word on this flag. Anyone walking or driving by the house can certainly see the flag waving in the breeze in broad daylight. Children standing nearby waiting for the school bus or just playing outside can clearly see the flag. No doubt about that.

I have spoken to residents of these houses to inform them of the complaints. We've had a polite conversation about it. The question is: Is it ILLEGAL, is it a CRIME to fly a flag that displays a profane word on your own property? The answer is NO IT IS NOT ILLEGAL. Ok, but what if there is a school bus full of children going by and all these children can see that flag with the naughty word on it, then it's illegal, right? NO IT IS NOT ILLEGAL.

As police officers, if we come to your house to tell you that you're doing something wrong, there has to be specific STATUTORY LANGUAGE in the Code of Iowa that says quite clearly what you are doing is illegal. The First Amendment of The United States Constitution protects free speech. It protects speech that you agree with. It also protects speech that you don't agree with. Someone who peacefully flies a flag on their own property that displays a word that our society and culture has deemed offensive may not be chosen by their neighbors to host the next block party, that's true. But he's not committing a crime.

Now here's the other side of the coin. Do I think it's really great that everyone, children, families, elderly people can walk by that house and see that flag in Akron, Iowa? No I don't. I would personally like to see a more polite discourse than that. And I say that knowing full well that we live in a VERY polarized country. In my own case, most of you know where I live, that's no big secret. You will NEVER see a political flag, political sign or a candidate sign in my front yard. Why? Because I'm the police chief and I want people to know that I will move Heaven and Earth to help them when they call the police, even if they hold political views that are contrary to mine. Do I have political opinions? I certainly do, very strong ones. But when you call me for help, my political views and your political views are IRRELEVANT. I'm there to protect and serve you, I don't care whether you're a Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, Socialist, Communist, Black, White, Asian, Russian, Italian, gay, straight, transgender, non-binary---I don't care. I'm there to help YOU in any way that I can.

So my message to the folks who choose to fly those particular flags that refer to President Biden is this: Ask yourself if you are comfortable displaying that level of discourse for everyone in our community to see. If the answer is yes and you feel strongly about your desire to display that flag, then you certainly have the right to peacefully do that on your own property. If, on the other hand, in your heart of hearts, you find that displaying a flag like that is not who you are, and a different approach is a better way to go---then consider taking the flag down.

And now, I will get out of the way, and let people talk it over.

Thank you very much,

Bill Young
Akron Police Chief

I have decided to write an article that may be somewhat controversial, but this issue has come up repeatedly in town and I think it's important for you to know where your police chief and your police department stands on this. So if anything that I say here makes you unhappy, I'm sorry for that. But I WILL tell you the truth.

Recently, the Akron Police Department and Akron City hall has received some complaints about a few houses in Akron that are displaying a flag that refers to President Biden. And there is definitely a profane word on this flag. Anyone walking or driving by the house can certainly see the flag waving in the breeze in broad daylight. Children standing nearby waiting for the school bus or just playing outside can clearly see the flag. No doubt about that.

I have spoken to residents of these houses to inform them of the complaints. We've had a polite conversation about it. The question is: Is it ILLEGAL, is it a CRIME to fly a flag that displays a profane word on your own property? The answer is NO IT IS NOT ILLEGAL. Ok, but what if there is a school bus full of children going by and all these children can see that flag with the naughty word on it, then it's illegal, right? NO IT IS NOT ILLEGAL.

As police officers, if we come to your house to tell you that you're doing something wrong, there has to be specific STATUTORY LANGUAGE in the Code of Iowa that says quite clearly what you are doing is illegal. The First Amendment of The United States Constitution protects free speech. It protects speech that you agree with. It also protects speech that you don't agree with. Someone who peacefully flies a flag on their own property that displays a word that our society and culture has deemed offensive may not be chosen by their neighbors to host the next block party, that's true. But he's not committing a crime.

Now here's the other side of the coin. Do I think it's really great that everyone, children, families, elderly people can walk by that house and see that flag in Akron, Iowa? No I don't. I would personally like to see a more polite discourse than that. And I say that knowing full well that we live in a VERY polarized country. In my own case, most of you know where I live, that's no big secret. You will NEVER see a political flag, political sign or a candidate sign in my front yard. Why? Because I'm the police chief and I want people to know that I will move Heaven and Earth to help them when they call the police, even if they hold political views that are contrary to mine. Do I have political opinions? I certainly do, very strong ones. But when you call me for help, my political views and your political views are IRRELEVANT. I'm there to protect and serve you, I don't care whether you're a Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, Socialist, Communist, Black, White, Asian, Russian, Italian, gay, straight, transgender, non-binary---I don't care. I'm there to help YOU in any way that I can.

So my message to the folks who choose to fly those particular flags that refer to President Biden is this: Ask yourself if you are comfortable displaying that level of discourse for everyone in our community to see. If the answer is yes and you feel strongly about your desire to display that flag, then you certainly have the right to peacefully do that on your own property. If, on the other hand, in your heart of hearts, you find that displaying a flag like that is not who you are, and a different approach is a better way to go---then consider taking the flag down.

And now, I will get out of the way, and let people talk it over.

Thank you very much,

Bill Young
Akron Police Chief

I want to encourage everyone to come to the KC Hall in LeMars this Saturday, October 2nd at 5:30 pm, for a benefit for o...
09/30/2021

I want to encourage everyone to come to the KC Hall in LeMars this Saturday, October 2nd at 5:30 pm, for a benefit for our dear friend and fellow officer, Captain Mark Reed. There will be a free will donation meal and a silent auction, live music and just an evening of fun and fellowship for Mark. Mark Reed was diagnosed earlier this year with stage 4 brain cancer that he has been courageously fighting, and we are ALL in this fight by his side! Mark is one of the finest police officers I have ever had the pleasure of working with and he is as a fine person and as great a friend as you could ever ask for! We love him, and we support him! Please come this Saturday to this wonderful event and show your support for our friend, our brother, Captain Mark Reed!

Thank you very much,
Bill Young
Akron Police Chief

I want to encourage everyone to come to the KC Hall in LeMars this Saturday, October 2nd at 5:30 pm, for a benefit for our dear friend and fellow officer, Captain Mark Reed. There will be a free will donation meal and a silent auction, live music and just an evening of fun and fellowship for Mark. Mark Reed was diagnosed earlier this year with stage 4 brain cancer that he has been courageously fighting, and we are ALL in this fight by his side! Mark is one of the finest police officers I have ever had the pleasure of working with and he is as a fine person and as great a friend as you could ever ask for! We love him, and we support him! Please come this Saturday to this wonderful event and show your support for our friend, our brother, Captain Mark Reed!

Thank you very much,
Bill Young
Akron Police Chief

08/29/2021

Regarding our previous post about the dog; the owner of the dog has been identified.

Thank you very much,
Bill Young
Akron Police Chief

The first day of school is in the books! Please slow down, watch out for the kiddos! Let's keep everybody in Westerner C...
08/25/2021

The first day of school is in the books! Please slow down, watch out for the kiddos! Let's keep everybody in Westerner Country safe and everyone have a great 2021-22 Akron Westfield School Year!!

Thank you very much!
Bill Young
Akron Police Chief

The first day of school is in the books! Please slow down, watch out for the kiddos! Let's keep everybody in Westerner Country safe and everyone have a great 2021-22 Akron Westfield School Year!!

Thank you very much!
Bill Young
Akron Police Chief

THE AKRON POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS AN ACTIVE ARREST WARRANT FOR JOSEPH WAYNE EDEN, DATE OF BIRTH 11-26-84. HE IS 5'11, 170L...
07/31/2021

THE AKRON POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS AN ACTIVE ARREST WARRANT FOR JOSEPH WAYNE EDEN, DATE OF BIRTH 11-26-84. HE IS 5'11, 170LBS, BROWN EYES, BALDING, BROWN HAIR. HE IS WANTED ON CHARGES OF DOMESTIC ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO INFLICT SERIOUS INJURY AND VIOLATION OF A NO CONTACT ORDER. JOSEPH EDEN HAS A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE TOWARD WOMEN AND ASSAULTS ON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. HE WAS LAST KNOWN TO BE DRIVING A WHITE 2002 CHEVY SUBURBAN, IOWA PLATE# KLZ225. WE HAVE INFORMATION THAT JOSEPH EDEN MAY BE SOMEWHERE IN THE LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN AREA, BUT THIS HAS NOT BEEN CONFIRMED. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL IN LOCATING AND ARRESTING THIS FUGITIVE PLEASE TEXT THE AKRON POLICE AT 712-552-7016, OR CONTACT YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. YOU CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS. JOSEPH EDEN SHOULD BE CONSIDERED DANGEROUS. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ENGAGE THIS INDIVIDUAL ON YOUR OWN, PLEASE CALL LAW ENFORCEMENT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH
BILL YOUNG
AKRON POLICE CHIEF

THE AKRON POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS AN ACTIVE ARREST WARRANT FOR JOSEPH WAYNE EDEN, DATE OF BIRTH 11-26-84. HE IS 5'11, 170LBS, BROWN EYES, BALDING, BROWN HAIR. HE IS WANTED ON CHARGES OF DOMESTIC ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO INFLICT SERIOUS INJURY AND VIOLATION OF A NO CONTACT ORDER. JOSEPH EDEN HAS A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE TOWARD WOMEN AND ASSAULTS ON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. HE WAS LAST KNOWN TO BE DRIVING A WHITE 2002 CHEVY SUBURBAN, IOWA PLATE# KLZ225. WE HAVE INFORMATION THAT JOSEPH EDEN MAY BE SOMEWHERE IN THE LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN AREA, BUT THIS HAS NOT BEEN CONFIRMED. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL IN LOCATING AND ARRESTING THIS FUGITIVE PLEASE TEXT THE AKRON POLICE AT 712-552-7016, OR CONTACT YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. YOU CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS. JOSEPH EDEN SHOULD BE CONSIDERED DANGEROUS. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ENGAGE THIS INDIVIDUAL ON YOUR OWN, PLEASE CALL LAW ENFORCEMENT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH
BILL YOUNG
AKRON POLICE CHIEF

I'm sorry to bother everyone again with an issue that we've talked about before, but guess what? We're going to have to ...
07/22/2021

I'm sorry to bother everyone again with an issue that we've talked about before, but guess what? We're going to have to talk about it again, because some people in the city of Akron are not listening. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW YOUR YOUNG UNLICENSED CHILDREN TO DRIVE A GOLF CART OR ANY OTHER MOTOR VEHICLE ON THE CITY STREETS OF AKRON, IOWA. I'm getting phone calls and texts on almost a daily basis reporting young children driving golf carts. I have also stopped golf carts that were being driven by kids as young as 9 or 10 years old and the golf cart was loaded down with five or six other kids, packed into the seats or clinging to the back of the cart, and they're zipping around town. This is illegal, it's irresponsible and it's unsafe. It's not cute, it's not kids just having fun, it's against the law and it's stupid. And by the way, good luck explaining that to your insurance company if your child is involved in a traffic accident while driving the golf cart. If you are allowing your young unlicensed children to drive a golf cart around town you need to stop doing that IMMEDIATELY. We are at a point where I'm going start issuing citations for Allowing Unauthorized Person To Drive (Iowa Code 321.220) to parents that think it's just so darn cute to let your child drive the family golf cart all over the place.

Iowa law states that a person operating a golf cart on a public street must have a valid operators license.

Question: Can you let your child (who has no license) drive the golf cart if the parent or an adult is in the passenger seat? Answer: NO YOU CAN'T. THAT IS ILLEGAL.

Question: Can you let your child (who has no license) drive a dirt bike, 4 wheeler, side by side, gator, motorcycle, moped, motorized mini bike, or that thing you made in your garage with a lawn mower engine strapped to it around town? Answer: NO YOU CAN'T. THAT IS ILLEGAL.

I'm sorry to harp on this, but again, I'm getting calls on this problem almost everyday. Most of the time, my ticket writing pen is in my shirt pocket collecting dust, but rest assured, it's a fine pen and it works great. So let's please stop this nonsense right now before we have a tragedy.

(The kids in this photo are NOT from Akron, this was just a photo I used from Google images).

Thank you very much for your cooperation,
Bill Young
Akron Police Chief

I'm sorry to bother everyone again with an issue that we've talked about before, but guess what? We're going to have to talk about it again, because some people in the city of Akron are not listening. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW YOUR YOUNG UNLICENSED CHILDREN TO DRIVE A GOLF CART OR ANY OTHER MOTOR VEHICLE ON THE CITY STREETS OF AKRON, IOWA. I'm getting phone calls and texts on almost a daily basis reporting young children driving golf carts. I have also stopped golf carts that were being driven by kids as young as 9 or 10 years old and the golf cart was loaded down with five or six other kids, packed into the seats or clinging to the back of the cart, and they're zipping around town. This is illegal, it's irresponsible and it's unsafe. It's not cute, it's not kids just having fun, it's against the law and it's stupid. And by the way, good luck explaining that to your insurance company if your child is involved in a traffic accident while driving the golf cart. If you are allowing your young unlicensed children to drive a golf cart around town you need to stop doing that IMMEDIATELY. We are at a point where I'm going start issuing citations for Allowing Unauthorized Person To Drive (Iowa Code 321.220) to parents that think it's just so darn cute to let your child drive the family golf cart all over the place.

Iowa law states that a person operating a golf cart on a public street must have a valid operators license.

Question: Can you let your child (who has no license) drive the golf cart if the parent or an adult is in the passenger seat? Answer: NO YOU CAN'T. THAT IS ILLEGAL.

Question: Can you let your child (who has no license) drive a dirt bike, 4 wheeler, side by side, gator, motorcycle, moped, motorized mini bike, or that thing you made in your garage with a lawn mower engine strapped to it around town? Answer: NO YOU CAN'T. THAT IS ILLEGAL.

I'm sorry to harp on this, but again, I'm getting calls on this problem almost everyday. Most of the time, my ticket writing pen is in my shirt pocket collecting dust, but rest assured, it's a fine pen and it works great. So let's please stop this nonsense right now before we have a tragedy.

(The kids in this photo are NOT from Akron, this was just a photo I used from Google images).

Thank you very much for your cooperation,
Bill Young
Akron Police Chief

It's that time of year again, boys and girls...4th of July is upon us. I always get questions about the legality of fire...
06/30/2021

It's that time of year again, boys and girls...4th of July is upon us. I always get questions about the legality of fireworks in the City of Akron this time of year, so I'll just take a moment to remind everyone what the rules are.

AKRON CITY ORDINANCE 41.14 USE OF FIREWORKS

Exploding fireworks is permitted in the city of Akron from June 30th through July 8th.

The hours that you can use fireworks are: 9am--10pm. The exception is on the 4th of July (and ONLY the 4th of July) fireworks can be used until 11pm. On all other days the fireworks have to stop at 10pm.

No person under the age of 18 can explode consumer grade fireworks without parental supervision. The kiddos can still use the sparklers and those little snake things (the name escapes me at the moment)

No Fireworks in any city park or any public place in Akron AT ANY TIME. Fireworks can only be exploded on private property.

No sky lanterns or open flame devices, unless it is tethered to a rope and a responsible person has control of the rope.

As always we ask a few minor things of you---
Please be considerate of your neighbors. Please don't leave fireworks trash in your neighbor's yard.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE---OBEY THE TIME LIMITS. If you are still shooting off fireworks after 10pm or (after 11pm on the 4th) there's a good chance I'm going to be coming to speak to you. Most people are very good about obeying the time limits, but inevitably I always get some complaints about people who ignore the time limits, they couldn't care less that their neighbors are trying to sleep, it's 2am and they're still blasting away. Please do not do that, okay?

Please have a WONDERFUL 4th of July. This is the greatest nation on the face of the earth, let's celebrate it, safely and have fun!

Thank you very much,

Bill Young
Akron Police Chief

It's that time of year again, boys and girls...4th of July is upon us. I always get questions about the legality of fireworks in the City of Akron this time of year, so I'll just take a moment to remind everyone what the rules are.

AKRON CITY ORDINANCE 41.14 USE OF FIREWORKS

Exploding fireworks is permitted in the city of Akron from June 30th through July 8th.

The hours that you can use fireworks are: 9am--10pm. The exception is on the 4th of July (and ONLY the 4th of July) fireworks can be used until 11pm. On all other days the fireworks have to stop at 10pm.

No person under the age of 18 can explode consumer grade fireworks without parental supervision. The kiddos can still use the sparklers and those little snake things (the name escapes me at the moment)

No Fireworks in any city park or any public place in Akron AT ANY TIME. Fireworks can only be exploded on private property.

No sky lanterns or open flame devices, unless it is tethered to a rope and a responsible person has control of the rope.

As always we ask a few minor things of you---
Please be considerate of your neighbors. Please don't leave fireworks trash in your neighbor's yard.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE---OBEY THE TIME LIMITS. If you are still shooting off fireworks after 10pm or (after 11pm on the 4th) there's a good chance I'm going to be coming to speak to you. Most people are very good about obeying the time limits, but inevitably I always get some complaints about people who ignore the time limits, they couldn't care less that their neighbors are trying to sleep, it's 2am and they're still blasting away. Please do not do that, okay?

Please have a WONDERFUL 4th of July. This is the greatest nation on the face of the earth, let's celebrate it, safely and have fun!

Thank you very much,

Bill Young
Akron Police Chief

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Akron, IA Police Department

The Akron Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency within the city limits of Akron, Iowa. We are dedicated to promoting the safety and welfare of the citizens of Akron by controlling and preventing crime and providing other essential public safety services. The Akron Police Department and the Akron Fire-Rescue utilize the Plymouth County Law Enforcement Center as a central dispatch center for emergency services.

Mission The MISSION of the Akron Police Department is to provide all the citizens of Akron with a safe community that fosters trust and confidence in its police officers. The Akron Police Department is committed to protecting life and property through prevention of the commission of crimes, reduction of the opportunities for crime to occur, identification of criminal offenders and criminal activity, and when appropriate, the apprehension of offenders and participation in subsequent court proceedings. This is best accomplished by building a partnership with the citizens that is based on law enforcement that is accessible, indiscriminate, unassuming, flexible, available, and open to the needs of the community it serves.

The Police Department is located at the Akron City Hall at 220 Reed Street Akron, Iowa 51001. The station provides the base for operation and administrative functions of the agency.

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