Police Exploring Program

The 2020/2021 session of the Dubuque Police Explorer Program has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We hope to start our next session after the first of the year if conditions allow.

The Dubuque Police Department Exploring Program is a co-ed program open to students between the ages of 14 – 20 who have completed the eighth grade.  The program provides participants with information about careers in law enforcement, answers questions they may have regarding the profession, and gives participants hands-on experience in various law enforcement practices. Typically starting in late September, the group meets once a month from 6 - 8:15 p.m. at the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center. Cost is $40 per Explorer (returning Explorers are $35) for ten sessions. Explorers also have the option of purchasing a Police Explorer uniform shirt.

During the first meeting, participants get familiarized with the Exploring Program and additional information is provided. There is an overview of the facilities and participants acquaint themselves with the different law enforcement divisions within the police department. Parents/guardians are invited to attend the first session.

During the remainder of sessions, students are given hands-on experience in crime scene investigation, patrol techniques, fingerprinting/DNA evidence collection, K-9 handling, firearms handling and safety, traffic stops, and much more.

Qualifying students interested in future sessions may direct questions to Melissa Neuhaus with the Dubuque Boy Scouts of America office at (563) 556-4343 or via email. A background check (conducted by the Dubuque Police) is required before participation is confirmed.

Upcoming Sessions
Information on upcoming sessions will be announced as soon as it is available.  Sign up for email and/or text notifications and follow the Dubuque Police Department on Facebook and Twitter.

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