Awards

Awards & Recognition Committee
The Dubuque Police Department has an Awards & Recognition Committee that exists to recognize past and present department personnel for their service to the community, for acts which were above and beyond the call of duty, for acts which by their nature were such that the employee placed his/her life in jeopardy, or for acts that brought public acclaim to an employee, the department, and the law enforcement profession.
 
Officers may wear one or two award pins on their uniform, just above their nametag.
Class I Awards
Legion of Honor
Legion of Honor
Presented to a member of the Dubuque Police Department, who in the line of duty, distinguishes himself/herself by performing an act of bravery or valor, which involved imminent personal hazards or risks to life, having full knowledge of the risks, with a subject armed with a dangerous weapon. The Legion of Honor is the highest award presented by the Dubuque Police Department.
 
Gallantry Star
Gallantry Star
Presented to a member of the Dubuque Police Department, who in the line of duty, distinguishes himself/herself by performing an act of bravery or valor, which involved imminent personal hazards or risks to life, having full knowledge of the risk. The Gallantry Star is the second highest award presented by the Dubuque Police Department.
 
Wounded in Combat
Wounded in Combat
Presented to a member of the Dubuque Police Department, who receives a wound, in the line of duty, which was inflicted intentionally by an adversary, which results in severe puncture injuries, severe lacerations, fractures or concussion.
 
Class II Awards
Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal
Presented to a member of the Dubuque Police Department who distinguishes himself/herself by an act of extraordinary achievement, or meritorious service.
 
Police Commendation
Police Commendation
Presented to a member of the Dubuque Police Department in recognition of unique or exemplary leadership skills or traits in the performance of his or her duties and honors those whose service to the community is noteworthy.
 
Certificate of Merit
Certificate of Merit
Presented to a member of the Dubuque Police Department who demonstrates a high degree of personal initiative or performs substantially above normal requirements in an exemplary manner in the course of his or her duties.
 
Life Saving
Life Saving
Presented to a member of the Dubuque Police Department for an act performed in the line of duty which through prompt and alert reaction, results in saving a life.
 
Field Training Officer
Field Training Officer
Worn by a member of the Dubuque Police Department that is active in the Field Training & Evaluation Program of the Dubuque Police Department.
 
Specialty 1
Specialty 1
Worn by a member of the Dubuque Police Department who is assigned to any of the following specialty units of the Dubuque Police Department in good standing: Tactical Entry Team, Marksman/Observer Team, Negotiators, and Mobile Field Force. To remain eligible to wear this citation bar, an officer must be actively utilized in any of the aforementioned capacities by the Dubuque Police Department.
 
Specialty 2
Specialty 2
Worn by a member of the Dubuque Police Department who is assigned to a specialty unit including: Underwater Search & Rescue, School Resource Officer, Drug Recognition Expert, DARE, Accident Reconstructionist, Police Explorer Advisor, and K9 Handler. To remain eligible to wear this citation bar, an officer must be actively utilized in any of the aforementioned capacities by the Dubuque Police Department.
 
Instructor / Firearms Instructor
Instructor   Firearms Instructor
Instructor – Worn by a member of the Dubuque Police Department that is certified as a Police Instructor and is actively being utilized in this capacity by the DPD.
Firearms Instructor – Worn by a member of the Dubuque Police Department who is a certified firearms instructor and is actively being utilized in that capacity by the Dubuque Police Department.
 
Honor Guard
Honor Guard
Worn by a member of the Dubuque Police Department who is assigned as a member of the departments Honor Guard Unit and is actively serving in that capacity.
 
Physical Fitness Award
Physical Fitness Minimum   Physical Fitness Preferred
Awarded to those officers that successfully complete the physical fitness standards in which the sit and reach, push-ups, sit-ups and the mile and a half run are scored. Those officers who meet the minimum standards as set forth by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy will be awarded the left pin and those officers who meet the preferred standards as set forth by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy will be awarded the right pin.
 
Military Service
Military Service
Worn by a member of the Dubuque Police Department who has honorably served in any branch of the United States Military, including reserve and National Guard status, completed their tour of duty and received an Honorable Discharge.
  
The Patriot
The Patriot
Worn by members of the Dubuque Police Department for their continued dedication in the defense and protection of the United States.
 
Service Medal
Service Medal
Awarded to those officers as recognition to their dedication to the City of Dubuque, the Dubuque Police Department and the police profession. This citation will be awarded in 5 year service increments.