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WATERLOO – Waterloo’s police department is mourning the death of an officer.

Robert Jackson Greenlee III, 45, was found dead at his home on Sunday, according to police. No foul play is suspected, and an autopsy will determine the cause of death.

Greenlee, a 24-year veteran of the police force, was a husband, father and respected member of the community, according to the department. He was a patrol sergeant on second watch, said Chief Dan Trelka.

“He was so dedicated and so committed to doing his job the best he could,” Trelka said. “The guy was like a badger, so determined and always going.”

Greenlee last worked on Friday.

One of the new tasks Greenlee took up at his job was using the new traffic enforcement camera, which the department put into service in November. Trelka said Greenlee asked to be involved in the camera program.

“He just took it and ran with it. … One day, he got 66 violations in an hour,” Trelka said.

Greenlee joined the Waterloo department in 1994 while he was a senior at the University of Northern Iowa majoring in criminal justice, according to The Courier archives. He was the son of Bob Greenlee, who retired as a lieutenant at the department.

Funeral arrangements are pending, and will likely include a law enforcement honor guard.

“Whatever the family wants, we will do,” Trelka said.


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