Postville Police Department

Postville Police Department consists of Police Chief - Michael Halse, 3 full time officers - Ted Jacobsen, Hector Salinas Jr., and Matt Ellis, Part-time Officers- Jarrod Olson, Tim Ruroden, Paul Wagner, Mitchell Seitz, and Conrad Rosendahl.

The Police Department is open during regular City hall hours, and provides police services throughout the day. Depending on the day and needs of the community, police coverage may be assisted by Allamakee County Sheriff's Department.

All Emergencies, regardless of time of day, are to be called into 911. The City's 911 services are provided the Allamakee County Dispatcher Services. Citizens that need to contact the Postville Police for non-emergencies can call the office at(563)-864-3234 or stop in and visit during City Hall hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, M-F.

Contact Chief Halse

Chief Michael Halse

Serving since 1982

Michael Halse started his law enforcement career in Decorah, Iowa, working as a reserve officer for the Decorah Police Department and a part-time officer for the City of Janesville while attending college. He graduated from Hawkeye Community College with a degree in Police Science in 1982. He attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and was hired as Police Chief in Calmar, Iowa in 1982. Chief Halse has served the citizens of Postville as Police Chief since 1992 and has been a volunteer with the Postville Fire Department since 1991.

Chief Halse has attended many police and crime prevention related training courses. He trained with and was a member of the Clayton County Special Operations Group. Mike became a DARE instructor in 1996 and continues teaching DARE to the Postville 5th and 7th graders.

In his spare time away from work, Mike enjoys spending time with family and friends, fishing and camping. Once his children were grown, Mike became a mentor with the Northeast Iowa Mentoring Program. He enjoys spending time with other kids.

Chief Halse believes in equality and fair treatment of all. Residents and law enforcement working together will make a bigger impact against crime.

Ted Jacobsen

Sergeant Ted Jacobsen is a seven year veteran of the Postville Police Department. Ted attended Western Illinois University, where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. Ted began his law enforcement career with the Davenport Police Department, and graduated from the 166th Basic Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in December of 1998. Ted served three years in the Patrol Division with the Davenport Police Department prior to joining the Postville Police Department. Ted was promoted to the position of sergeant in 2009.

Ted has received several certifications and has continually attended multiple trainings throughout his career in law enforcement including; Spanish for Cops, Reid Technique for Interview and Interrogations; Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations Interview and Interrogation School as well as various drug and narcotics seminars. As a member of the Tri River Area Special Operations Team, he has received extensive training in tactical operations and firearms, including Center Axis Relock shooting and Less Lethal Munitions. Ted also is a certified Child Safety Seat Technician.

In his spare time, Ted enjoys lifting weights and playing football and basketball. He also is an avid follower of mixed martial arts and is a lifelong Iowa Hawkeye fan. Ted is the youngest of 13 children, which include three brothers who are also involved in law enforcement


Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch: Bringing the City of Postville Together
The goal of the Postville Police Department is to serve and protect all the citizens of Postville. In times of need the community must come together to achieve a common goal. That is why the Postville Police Department will be initiating a Neighborhood Watch Program in the city of Postville. The goal of Neighborhood Watch is to strengthen the bonds among the community while making Postville a safer place to live. The purpose of Neighborhood Watch is to involve the community with the Postville Police Department and lower crime rates in addition to preventing future crimes from taking place. The objective is to open better communication line between the community members and the Postville Police Department. There will be an email specifically set up for the Neighborhood Watch program. The purpose of the email is so citizens can anonymously report crime or disturbances. Citizens are always welcome to call the police department or talk to officers personally, but the email allows citizens to communicate with police department if they wish remain anonymous. There will be an informational meeting in the beginning September. Please keep an eye out for the announcement of the date and time. Neighborhood Watch is a very successful program at bringing communities together and keeping crimes rates low.