Chief of Police Earl H. Berendes

Chief of Police Earl H. Berendes

Bellevue Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Wednesday, April 16, 1969

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Earl H. Berendes

Chief Berendes was beaten to death with a shovel while investigating a burglary at a local garage. The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to 50 years, but was paroled less then three years later.

Chief Berendes had served with the agency for 13 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 60
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 49-21

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object; Shovel
  • Offender Paroled after 3 years

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Rest in peace Chief of Police Berendes.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 9, 2022

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