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Davenport Chooses Next Police Chief

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City of Davenport
Major Jeffery Bladel

The next Davenport police chief will be a veteran member of the department. The city has announced that Major Jeffery Bladel will succeed Paul Sikorski when he retires next month.

Bladel has worked for the department for 27 years, most recently as assistant chief since 2016.

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City of Davenport, Iowa
Davenport Police Major Jeff Bladel talks with people at LeClaire Park during "Red, White, and Boom" on July 3rd, 2022.

He says some policies don't improve relationships in neighborhoods and with people of color. So the department has changed to implement Gun Violence Intervention and crime analytics programs. The goal is to involve the community every step of the way.

Bladel says recruitment and retention will be big challenges. The Davenport Police Department is down about eight sworn officers due to retirements and resignations.

Currently, 192 people work for the police department, and 159 of them are sworn officers. (The city is allowed to hire 167 sworn officers.)

Bladel's official swearing-in ceremony is set for September 7th.

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