The Dubuque Police Department Exploring Program is a co-ed program open to students between the ages of 14 – 20 who have completed the eighth grade. The program provides participants with information about careers in law enforcement, answers questions they may have regarding the profession, and gives participants hands-on experience in various law enforcement practices. Starting in late September, the group meets once a month from 6:00-8:15 p.m. at the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center. Cost is $40 per Explorer (returning Explorers are $35) and covers ten sessions. Explorers may also have the option of purchasing a Police Explorer uniform shirt at an additional cost.
Qualifying students interested in future sessions may direct questions to Melissa Neuhaus with the Dubuque Boy Scouts of America office at (563) 556-4343 or via email. Prospective Explorers may download the registration form here. A background check (conducted by the Dubuque Police) is required before participation is confirmed.
The first meeting of the 2019-2020 session will be on Wednesday, Sept. 18th, 2019 from 6:00-8:15 p.m..
There is much interest in this program and spots are limited. Registration forms must be post-marked no later than September 13.
During the first meeting (usually in late September) participants get familiarized with the Exploring Program and additional information is provided. There is an overview of the facilities and participants acquaint themselves with the different law enforcement divisions within the police department. Parents/guardians are invited to attend the first session.
During the remainder of sessions, students are given hands-on experience in crime scene investigation, patrol techniques, fingerprinting/DNA evidence collection, K-9 handling, firearms handling and safety, traffic stops, and much more.