Iowa City Police launch online reporting system for minor offenses

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) – On July 1, 2022, the Iowa City Police Department launched the Desk Officer Reporting System (DORS) in an effort to streamline services and enable social distancing where appropriate.

The system allows community members to report non-emergency offenses without known suspects. Incidents include:

  • Harassment
  • Flight
  • Theft from a motor vehicle
  • Theft of motor vehicle parts
  • Intrusion
  • Vandalism/criminal mischief

The department hopes the system will eliminate the need for some people to go to the Iowa City Police Department in person or have an officer dispatched. The goal is for the system to save time for community members, increase social distancing, simplify the process of reporting minor infractions and obtain documents for insurance purposes.

Users can select the appropriate offense, enter their personal information, incident information, and submit the report. A copy of their report will be emailed back to them along with a temporary case number for tracking purposes. The police will then review the report, answer any questions and possibly assign a case number if the case is accepted.

If a report is accepted, users may provide appropriate documentation to insurance companies or other relevant agencies.

Police would like to remind community members that the system does not replace 911 and emergencies. The DORS should only be used to report the above cases when no known suspect exists.

You can access the DORS system here.

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