Community-Oriented Policing

COP Officers 2019

COPs (L-R): Capt. Steve Radloff, Ofc. Clark Egdorf, Cpl. Mike McTague, Ofc. Alex Scott, and Lt. Joe Messerich


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 InformationHousing Investigations, and School Resource Officers.

Click here to view a Community Oriented Policing slideshow.

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 Radloff 563-587-3807 08:30 AM - 4:30 PM Mon-Fri Email
Lt Joe Messerich 563-589-4473 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Mon-Fri Email
Cpl Mike McTague 563-587-3823 or 563-599-5103 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mon-Fri Email

563-587-3822 or 563-564-7996 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM Tues-Sat Email
Ofc Alex Scott 563-587-7883 or 563-564-7344 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mon-Fri Email
Ofc Clark Egdorf 563-587-3824 or 563-599-5102 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM Tues-Sat Email

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)
  • Northeast Iowa Community College
  • Northend Neighborhood Association
  • Opening Doors
  • Operation New View
  • 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
National Night Out 2017
National Night Out 2017
Capt. Klein at National Night Out in 2017.
Photo credit:  Telegraph Herald.  Used with permission.
Capt. Klein and Cpl. Bauer at National Night Out in 2017.
Photo credit:  Telegraph Herald.  Used with permission.
DARE Ski Night
Street Painting
COPs at the DARE Ski Night in 2018.
Cpl. Shannon, Capt. Klein, and Cpl. McClimon help with street painting at 18th and Washington in 2013.
Water Balloons
Cpl. Bock and Ofc. Avenarius enjoy a friendly water balloon fight in 2017.
Water Balloons
Cpl. Bock participates in a friendly water balloon fight in 2017.