Community-Oriented Policing


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 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, Housing Investigations, and School Resource Officers.

Click here to view a Community Oriented Policing slide show.

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 four corporals 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.
COPs 2015


Contact Information

Capt Kevin Klein 563-587-3807 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Mon-Fri Email
Lt Scott Baxter 563-589-4473 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Mon-Fri Email
Cpl Brandon Bauer 563-587-3823 or 563-599-5103 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mon-Fri Email
Cpl Luke Bock 563-587-3822 or 563-564-7996 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM Tues-Sat Email
Ofc Paul Avenarius 563-587-7883 or 563-564-7344 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mon-Fri Email
Ofc Neil Dolphin 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 Jail Diversion Office
  • Dubuque Landlord Association
  • Finely Hospital
  • Helping Services of Iowa
  • 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
  • Northeast Iowa Community College
  • Northend Neighborhood Association
  • Operation New View
  • Point Neighborhood Association
  • St. Mark Community Center
  • Substance Abuse Services Center
  • Teresa Shelter
  • University of Dubuque
  • Valley View Neighborhood Association
  • Washington Street Neighbors 

Library Satellite Office

The community policing concept has expanded through a community partner, the Carnegie-Stout Library. This partnership has resulted in the establishment of a satellite community policing office in the library, helping to ensure a safe place for children to gather and experience reading and other media sources.
COPs painting at 18th and Washington Streets
 COPs join other community members in painting
the traffic circle at 18th & Washington Streets (June 6, 2013)