We at the Estherville Police Department take pride in our department and community. We are active in the community, both socially and through the department, participating in school programs and community events. Many of our officers have children in the school system, and several officers are members of our community service groups.

We maintain a high level of proficiency by taking advantage of opportunities for continuing education. Faced with the constantly changing landscape of law enforcement, our officers attend special schools throughout the year. Many Estherville police officers are certified law enforcement instructors. These instructorships include pursuit driving, firearms, A.S.P. (expandable baton), defensive tactics, standardized field sobriety tests, Stop Stick tire deflation devices, Pursuit Intervention Tactic, D.A.R.E., and chemical munitions. Many of our officers are specialists in fields such as hostage negotiations, accident investigation, and youth gangs.

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CHIEF OF POLICE  |  BRENT SHATTO  |  114 North 6th St |  Estherville,IA 51334  |  (712) 362-3515
Date:  November 25, 2019                                                            Contact Information:  Brent Shatto
Ref:  News Release                                                                                                                     Chief of Police
 The Estherville Police Department is seeking information regarding a burglary that occurred in the 300 Block of North 2nd Street at a storage facility.  The burglary was reported to police on November 23rd, 2019. 
The victim of the burglary reported that sometime after 7 p.m. on November 22nd, and 3 p.m. on November 23rd,his storage facility was broken into located in the 300 Block of North 2nd Street.  The victim reported that he was missing a large amount of electronic music related equipment.  Also stolen in the burglary was a laptop computer.  The value of the property stolen exceeds $4,600.00. 
Investigating Officers are asking that anyone that may have seen a suspicious vehicle in the area at the time or any persons to please contact the Estherville Police Department at 712-362-3515,contact us via email at esthervillepd@gmail.com, or message us on the Estherville Police DepartmentFacebook Page.  

Press Release11/19/2019

The Estherville Police Department along with the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of updating our records management system at the Emmet County Law Enforcement Center.  We would like to have all businesses within Emmet county log onto the City of Estherville’s website and fill out a webform with your business contact information. The webform on the city’s website is located on the lower left-hand side of the website.  A link to the webform is also on the Estherville Police Departments Website and Facebook page.The form is for businesses, buildings, other unoccupied structures such as a storage facility, empty building, or anything else that we could get a call to and need to be able to contact the owner or representative.  This information will assist all emergency services within Emmet County contact the owner or representative of all buildings or structures. As mentioned, this service is for all of Emmet County and each city within. This is not a new program, but merely an attempt to update our records.Alternatively, the form is also available to pick up at the Emmet County Law Enforcement Center (Police Department) to fill out if you wish.          


Estherville Police and Avera Holy Family Hospital to Participate in DEA National Drug Take Back Day

The Estherville Police Department has joined forces once again with Avera Holy Family Hospital and the Drug Enforcement Administration to participate in another drug take back day. This Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10 am to 12 pm, folks are encouraged to drop off unused prescription medications. The event will be held at the North Entrance to Avera Holy Family Hospital.The program, conducted nationwide, will focus on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. This national take-back day will provide a unified opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction and will bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical drug abuse. The program provides an opportunity for law enforcement, prevention,treatment and business communities to collaborate and establish a safe collection site for all Americans,regardless of where they reside.The disposal of unused medications safely is the key to this program. Unused medicines should not be dumped in the trash nor flushed down the toilet and they should not be left in your medicine cabinet.These unused drugs can be stolen or taken by people with ill intentions. The drugs can be sold or abused.  Please join us this Saturday in the proper disposal of your unused medicine by dropping them off in our take back box located at the Main Entrance of Avera Holy Family Hospital. 


Business Contact / Key Holder Information

Please take a moment to go to the City of Estherville's website and complete a Business Contact / Key Holder Information sheet for your Business or any other building or structure that you would like us to have the current contact information available in case of an emergency.

All Business's in Emmet County are encouraged to submit the form as it will go in the database to assist in all emergencies in our county, Fire / EMS / Law Enforcement.


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On Monday January 29th, 2018 Estherville Officers were dispatched to a local residence for a report of an unresponsive 27-year-old male. Despite resuscitation attempts by Estherville Police,Estherville Ambulance, and Avera Holy Family E.R. staff; Matthew John Strayer was pronounced dead.  Strayer was later transported to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy. 
            An exhaustive investigation was immediately undertaken by the Estherville Police Department. Following this investigation and working in conjunction with the Emmet County Attorney, warrants were issued for the arrest of Lance Alan Rosburg and Jeremy Jon Polzin. Rosburg has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter (Class D Felony), 2 counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine (Class C Felony), Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine (Class B Felony),Delivery of Marijuana (Class D Felony), Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana (Class D Felony), Gatherings Where Controlled Substances Unlawfully Used (Class D Felony), 2 counts Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp (Class D Felony). Polzin has been charged with Delivery of Methamphetamine (Class C Felony) and Gatherings Where Controlled Substances Unlawfully Used (Class D Felony).
            The Estherville Police Department would like to thank the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, Estherville Ambulance Service, Avera Holy Family Hospital, Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner,The United States Attorney’s Office, the Emmet County Attorney’s Office and the Estherville citizens for their assistance in this case.
All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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July 25, 2019

Date:  July 25th, 2019                                                              Contact Information:  Brent Shatto
Ref:  News Release                                                                                                     Chief of Police
7-Year-Old Rescued from Water Tower
Estherville, IA – On Thursday, July 25, 2019, at 10:05 am, the Estherville Police Department was contacted in regard to a missing 7-year old female with Autism.
 Responding Officers began an immediate search of the area and contacted additional officers for assistance.  Estherville Officers requested the assistance immediately of the Drone used by the Emmet County Emergency Manager, Travis Sheridan.  While the Drone was responding to the scene, a family member located the child and directed responding officers to a water tower located near the family residence.  The City of Estherville Water Tower is located between North 8th Street and North 9th Street just North of 14th Avenue North. 
Officers found the child near the top deck of the water tower clinging to the ladder.  Officers and Firefighters on scene located a tarp nearby and fashioned a catch area beneath the child in the event that she would fall.  Officers requested the Estherville Fire Department to respond with their ladder truck to assist in the rescue of the child. 
The Estherville Fire Department arrived on scene with the ladder truck and elevated it to the child.  It was then determined that the child had her head stuck between two rungs of the ladder and could not get out.  The Estherville Fire Department was assisted by the City of Estherville Electrical Department in taking equipment to the basket of the ladder truck to cut the child free. 
The firefighters brought the child to the ground where she was examined by Paramedics and EMT’s of the Estherville Ambulance Service. She was then released to her parents.
Also assisting the operation were employees of the City of Estherville Water Department. 



Now Hiring!!! Applicants that pass all tests will be considered for current and future openings in the Coop.Lakes Area Law Enforcement Agencies are conducting another Peace Officer Test. Applicants can be eligible for any of the 11 member agencies. Go to the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office website to apply and get additional details. Closing of applications will be October 19th, 2018. 

We would like to take this way overdue opportunity to introduce our newest police officer, Matt Adams. Matt is a recent Iowa State University graduate. He is from Swea City and was a Police Reserve Officer in Algona.Matt is pictured here following his Oath of Office given by Mayor Kenny Billings.Matt is doing a great job and is a great addition to our staff.Welcome Matt! 

Investigation into Infants Death On Going Contact Information: SAC Darrell Simmons 712-322-1585 The death of an 11-month-old child is under investigation in Estherville, Iowa.On June 4, 2018 at approximately 2:48 p.m. Jasmine Rodriguez Sebastian was taken to Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville and subsequently transferred to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jasmine passed away at Avera McKennan Hospital on June 6, 2018.The Estherville Police Department, Emmet County Attorney’s Office, Iowa Department of Human Services and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating the circumstances surrounding Jasmine’s death.There will be no additional information available to the media at this time. Questions can be directed to SAC Darrell Simmons. 

EMMET COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK: The new Veterans Memorial Park will have a Police Officer, Fire Fighter, and EMS Section that will be in addition to honoring all of our Warriors that have served in the armed forces.You can purchase a memorial brick to be laid in the park with your special persons information on it. A Veteran, Police Officer, Fire Fighter, or EMS Provider, that served honorably and has ties to Emmet County is eligible to have a brick in their name.Cost of the bricks are $100. Applications can be pricked up at the City of Estherville Parks and Recreation Office at City Hall, You can call 712-362-3575 and ask for Dawn with any questions.You can also make a cash donation to the park!! Make checks payable to the City of Estherville....Memo Line " Veterans Memorial Park" and can be mailed to Emmet County Veterans Affairs at 609 1st Avenue North Estherville, IA 51334 

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Mayor Swears in new Police Reserve officers:   Congratulations Steve Turner, Madelyn Samuelson, Katelyn Kilpatrick and Emily Behrends.  Welcome to the Estherville Police Reserves. - From the Estherville News (read more...)


Estherville Businesses Report Attempted Scams:   On January 6th, 2015 during the evening hours, Estherville Police took reports from several business owners about an attempted scam.  (read more...)


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