NORTH LIBERTY — The news was shocking: five robberies in six months, an attempted sexual assault, and a purse snatching in a store parking lot.
For some, it may have seemed the end of small town innocence. For North Liberty Police Chief Jim Warkentin, it’s a symptom of the growing pains common to a rapidly expanding community.
“We’re no longer a small-town agency,” Chief Warkentin said in a mid-December interview with The Leader.
In 2008, the NLPD responded to 12,729 calls for service, a 46 percent increase over 2007. The department filed 571 charges with 455 arrests.