D.A.R.E.  Drug Abuse Resistance Education

The Monticello Police Department proudly offers Drug Abuse Resistance Education to our local students. The mission of D.A.R.E is to improve the quality of life for the youth of Monticello Iowa.  Dare is the highly acclaimed program that is a Police Officer led that teaches kids how to deal with peer pressure and live drug and violence free lives.  Dare permits students to see officers in helping roles not just enforcement.  Opening dialogue between the school, police, and parents to deal with other issues.  Sgt. Dawn Graver is currently our certified D.A.R.E. instructor and provides this educational opportunity through our local school system.

Prescription Drug Drop Off

The Monticello Police Department offers residents a safe and easy disposal site for unwanted prescription and over the counter medications as an alternative to landfill disposal.  It is important to rid your medicine cabinet of these unwanted medications that may end up in the wrong hands.  Utilize this disposal site as a way to minimize the opportunity of misuse by persons other than the intended prescription holder and as a way to keep the landfills free from these additional toxins.

J.C.E.R.T.  Jones County Emergency Response Team


In 2007 the Monticello Police Department, Anamosa Police Department, Cascade Police Department, and the Jones County Sheriff’s Office recognized that the presence of a specialized and skilled police tactical unit has shown to substantially reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to citizens, suspects and police officers; and recognizing that a well managed team response to a critical incident usually results in a successful resolution, therefore all agencies together formed the Jones County Emergency Response Team to provide a highly trained and skilled tactical unit as a resource for law enforcement agencies in Jones County.

K-9 Unit (Retired)

“Jazz” and handler Officer Bob Urbain are the City of Monticello’s K-9 unit.  “Jazz” is a yellow Labrador that is trained in narcotics detection and human tracking that was purchased entirely through donations from the community.  “Jazz” was purchased in 2007 from Midwest K-9 in Des Moines, IA where she was rescued from an animal shelter. “Jazz” is trained to detect the odors of 4 narcotics, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Cocaine, and Heroin along with the ability to detect human scent. “Jazz” began her career with the Monticello Police Department with Sgt. Britt Smith but is now currently serving with Officer Bob Urbain. “Jazz” has assisted in numerous narcotic finds and helped seize several thousand dollars of suspected drug money and has been a great asset to the department. Jazz was retired from service in 2014.