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  • An officer stopped me for no reason and acted very rude to me. I want to issue a complaint against that officer. What do I need to do?

  • Can you tell me the road condition of the roads in Central Iowa?

  • Does my bicycle need to be licensed with the city? If so, where do i need to go to get a license?

  • Does the city of Ames have a severe weather outdoor warning system?

  • How about fingerprinting children?

  • How can I get a noise permit?

  • How can I get my towed vehicle out of the impound lot?

  • How can I obtain a copy of an incident or accident report?

  • How can I obtain a restraining order against someone?

  • How do I apply for the Citizen Police Academy?

  • How do I report graffiti I've seen in Ames?

  • How long can I park my car on the street?

  • I don't have room in my garage or driveway for all my vehicles. Can I park a car in my front yard?

  • I got a parking ticket that I didn't deserve. Do I have to pay it?

  • I need to be fingerprinted for a job application, professional license or other personal reason, will the Ames Police Department do this?

  • I need to get a dog license. How much does that cost and where do I go to do that?

  • I received an obscene/harassing phone call. What should I do?

  • I want to report a missing person. What information do I need?

  • I would like to have an officer talk to my neighbors and me about crime prevention. Is that possible?

  • Is my friend in jail at the Ames Police Department?

  • Is the Ames Police Department currently hiring?

  • My neighbors park their cars across the sidewalk of their driveway. Is this legal?

  • People are knocking on my door selling magazines. They are very rude and can't take no for an answer. Is it legal for them to sell door-to-door?

  • Was my stray pet picked up by an Animal Control Officer?

  • We want to have a party, but heard there is a Keg Ordinance in Ames. What should we do?

  • We're going to have a parade down Main Street, do we need a parade permit?

  • What can I do if someone is parked in my parking space?

  • What if I want to contest a parking ticket?

  • What is the city's snow ordinance and when does it go into effect?

  • What is the location of the Ames Police Department?

  • What is the phone number for Iowa State University Police Department?

  • What is the phone number for the Iowa State Patrol?

  • What is the phone number for the Story County Sheriff's Department?

  • What is this I hear about a nuisance party ordinance?

  • Where can I get information about the city's parking regulations?

  • Where can I get information regarding the city of Ames noise ordinance?

  • Where can I go to obtain an Iowa Driver's License?

  • Where can I pay a city of Ames parking ticket?

  • Where can I pay a traffic ticket?

  • Where do I get a license for my vehicle?

  • Where is the courtroom?

  • Who can I call for assistance if my electrical power goes out?

  • Who do I call for assistance with natural gas service?