In 2011, the Dubuque Police Department implemented an internship program designed to be more inclusive, comprehensive, and practical than that of traditional ride-along based internships. The Community Resource Officer (CRO) paid internship is designed to provide participants with experience in all aspects of the Department, including, but not limited to working with the Patrol Division, Community Policing Unit, and attending community events and meetings. Participants are issued a CRO uniform, equipment, and provided training to formalize and enhance the program experience. Several past participants who completed the CRO Internship Program are now Dubuque police officers, while some others went on to work for Jule Transit and as an emergency communications dispatcher.
The 2019 CRO internship application process is now open and applications will be accepted through February 15. Click here to view current employment opportunities with the City of Dubuque, including CRO Internships. Look for the job posting under "Police Department Intern (CRO-Community Resource Officer)".
Traditional Internship Program
The Dubuque Police Department also continues to offer a more traditional (unpaid) internship program comprised primarily of interns riding with patrol officers as required or encouraged by his or her college. Interns experience what a patrol officer does on a daily basis and are often required to complete a report as part of their college coursework.