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As U.S. attorney, Kevin Techau made a difference

United States Attorney Kevin Techau speaks during a press conference announcing the arrests of four former Anamosa State Penitentiary correctional officers at the U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
United States Attorney Kevin Techau speaks during a press conference announcing the arrests of four former Anamosa State Penitentiary correctional officers at the U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
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I am writing this to express my appreciation to Kevin Techau for his service to the citizens of Cedar Rapids, and to those residents who have benefited from his service as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa. As he leaves this position, I would be remiss as Chief of Police for Cedar Rapids to not offer my sincere thank you to him.

Upon arriving here in early 2014, Mr. Techau immediately recognized that the city of Cedar Rapids was experiencing a significant issue relating to gun violence. Shootings had escalated to unprecedented levels and innocent people were dying. Kevin Techau reached out to me and we formed a partnership that has prospered greatly, and continues today. He offered and facilitated the acquisition of needed resources, and oversaw the Federal prosecution of many of the violent offenders who were preying on our citizens. Violent crime continues to decrease in Cedar Rapids due in part to his office’s involvement and assistance that continues to be provided.

Kevin is also responsible for bringing the Mentor’s in Violence Prevention program to Eastern Iowa. The MVP program will be used in the schools to help our children grow into responsible adults. He is hugely responsible for the awarding of a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area grant to fund the Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative. This initiative is addressing the increasing opioid/heroin problem now before it becomes the epidemic it has in other areas of our nation.

These are just three examples of Kevin’s leadership and dedication that has greatly assisted the Cedar Rapids Police Department in serving the community of Cedar Rapids. He has proved to be the consummate team player and his involvement here is indicative of his emphasis on teamwork across agencies for the improvement of public safety. His mantra of “we work better when we work together” is a constant reminder for me that I owe a great deal of appreciation and thanks to him for his assistance.

We are a safer city because of Kevin Techau’s tenure as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa.

• Wayne M. Jerman is chief of the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

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