The Dubuque Police Department continues its tradition of professionalism and excellence through its voluntary participation in the accreditation process as administered by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, CALEA.


Accreditation Process

The Dubuque Police Department has to comply with 459 standards in order to retain accredited status. Accreditation is an important achievement because it tells the citizens and persons dealing with the police department that it is organized and operating consistent with best practice professional standards.

The Dubuque Police Department was originally accredited in July 1993, for a period of five years.  Subsequent to the initial accreditation, the department has been required to go through a reaccreditation on-site inspection every three years.

In July 1998, the agency received its first reaccreditation award, and in July 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2020 the agency successfully completed the reaccreditation process.

In 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2020 the department was accredited as a "Meritorious Agency".  The Dubuque Police Department is one of the few accredited agencies in Iowa and is Iowa's longest accredited agency.

The accreditation process is under the management of Corporal Chris Gorrell.

CALEA Public Portal

To promote public transparency and trust, CALEA has established an information-sharing portal where members of the public can share comments, commendations, and other information regarding the agency’s quality of service or other information relevant to the accreditation process.

Please note, submissions go directly to CALEA and are not seen by Dubuque Police Department staff.  CALEA is not an investigatory body and subsequently the public portal should not be used to submit information for such purposes.  Information shared with CALEA will help guide the accrediting agency with information regarding DPD’s compliance with CALEA standards.

Access the CALEA pubic portal

Contact Us

  1. Cpl. Chris Gorrell

    Accreditation & Intelligence


    Phone: 563-589-7889