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Ernst, Grassley Meet with Davenport City Officials

U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) this week met with Davenport Mayor Mike Matson, Police Chief Jeffery Bladel, and other city officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss Davenport’s public safety priorities. The meetings focused on how the City of Davenport and Davenport Police Department are utilizing federal resources to combat crime and better support law enforcement.

“I appreciated the meaningful conversations I had with Mayor Matson and Chief Bladel on their efforts to protect and serve the Quad Cities,” said Senator Ernst. “The City of Davenport and Davenport Police Department are important partners to collaborate with as we work to combat the rise in crime, fentanyl epidemic, and other public safety concerns. I look forward to our continued partnership with them as we work to keep Iowans safe.”

 “I enjoyed having another chance to discuss federal law enforcement funding and resources for the Quad Cities area with city leaders,” said Senator Grassley. “As we keep coordinating on the local and federal level to bring down violent crime rates and protect our communities, I’ll continue leveraging my senior position on the Judiciary Committee to ensure local law enforcement have the federal resources needed to keep dangerous criminals off our streets.”

 “As we work to lower violent crime in Davenport and the Quad Cities, I am excited by the collaboration between our local law enforcement agencies and City officials,” said Chief Bladel. “Working with our federal delegation to bring more resources to the Quad Cities will only enhance the efforts that we have undertaken together already.”

 “I want to thank Senator Ernst and Senator Grassley for their continued support of law enforcement and to our region,” said Mayor Matson. “I look forward to continued collaboration with our Senators as we advocate for more federal resources in the Quad City metro area.”


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