The Waukee Police Department is very active in the community it serves, taking part in over a dozen community outreach programs. From Safety City courses for incoming kindergarten students to supplying a drug drop box for unwanted and/or expired medications, the department provides a wide range of services and fun opportunities for Waukee residents.
The holiday season provides a special occasion for the department to bring joy to residents who might otherwise not have an all-that-jolly holiday, through their “Thanksgiving Basket” and “Shop with a Cop” programs.
The Thanksgiving Basket program enables the department to provide traditional Thanksgiving dinners for families in need. Each fall, donations from community businesses and individuals are used to create gift baskets packed full of ingredients for hearty Thanksgiving meals. Counselors from Waukee schools nominate recipients, focusing on families who are facing particularly challenging situations, such as financial difficulty or a loss in the family.
Each gift basket costs approximately $30 to put together and is prepared by Fareway in Waukee. The number of families the department is able to help is dependent on donated funds, so the more they receive, the more people they can help.
The baskets are delivered the Saturday before Thanksgiving, ensuring that each recipient family gets all the turkey and stuffing they can eat in time for the holiday.
The Shop with a Cop program carries this idea through to the Christmas season. Each December, the police department raises money through community donations to provide children in the school district with the opportunity to buy holiday gifts for their families. Recipient students are nominated by student counselors, focusing on families with a need for economic assistance.
The participating children begin their day with breakfast cooked by the Waukee Fire Department, after which they get to ride in a squad car to stores like Walmart to purchase gifts for their family members. After their shopping spree, the children get to enjoy a pizza lunch and a gift-wrapping session at the Waukee Public Safety Building.
The Waukee Police Department gratefully accepts donations throughout the season to facilitate both programs. Donations may be mailed or dropped off in-person at the Waukee Public Safety Building at 1300 SE LA Grant Parkway. Call the department’s non-emergency phone number at 515-978-7979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about either program.