Community-Oriented Policing

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Community Oriented Policing is both a philosophy and an organizational strategy that allows the law enforcement agency and the community residents to work closely together in creative ways to solve the problems of crime, the fear of crime, illicit drugs, physical and social disorder, neighborhood decay, and improve the overall quality of life in the community.

The Dubuque Police Department strives to implement the Community Oriented Policing philosophy department-wide.

The Community Policing Division is comprised of the Bicycle Unit (COPs), Crime Prevention & Public Information, and School Resource Officers.

Learn more about Community Oriented Policing.

Bicycle Unit

The Bicycle Unit, more commonly referred to as the "bike cops" or "COPs", is one of the units within the Community Policing Division. It is comprised of two corporals and two officers that achieve the Community Oriented Policing philosophy by patrolling their territories on a bicycle from approximately March through October. 

The COPs aim to be more approachable, allowing for the development of relationships with various citizens and businesses. These relationships are developed through daily interaction in a comfortable setting when no police call for service has been placed. 

COPs also gain trust of youth with daily positive contact in city parks and neighborhoods as well as take a proactive approach to problem solving through partnerships with various city, state, and private organizations.

Contact Information

Capt. Steve Radloff563-587-38078 AM - 4 PM, Monday - FridayEmail
Lt. Brendan Welsh563-589-44739 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday
Vacant563-587-382311 AM - 7 PM, Monday - Friday

Ofc. Kim Hoover563-587-3822 or 563-564-799611 AM - 7 PM, Monday - Friday
Cpl. Joel Cross563-587-7883 or 563-564-734411 AM - 7 PM, Monday - Friday
Ofc. Nate Wall563-587-3824 or 563-599-5102
11 AM - 7 PM, Monday - Friday

Community Partnerships

The Community Oriented Policing Division works closely with the following community organizations and agencies to help achieve the community oriented policing philosophy:
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Clarke University
  • Downtown Neighborhood Council
  • Dubuque Community School District
  • Dubuque Dispute Resolution Center
  • Dubuque Landlord Association
  • UnityPoint - Finley Hospital
  • Hilltop/Ivy League Neighborhood Association
  • Historic Bluffs Neighborhood Association
  • Holy Family Catholic Schools
  • Iowa Department of Corrections
  • Loras College
  • Maria House
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Multicultural Family Center
  • National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
  • Dream Center
  • Northeast Iowa Community College
  • Northend Neighborhood Association
  • Opening Doors
  • Point Neighborhood Association
  • Steeple Square
  • St. Mark Youth Enrichment
  • Substance Abuse Services Center (SASC)
  • Teresa Shelter
  • Toys for Tots
  • University of Dubuque
  • Valley View Neighborhood Association
  • Visiting Nurses Association (VNA)
  • Washington Street Neighbors
  • Police & Fire Youth Camp
  • Juvenile Court Services