Tactical Unit

OverviewTactical Unit
The Dubuque Police Department Tactical Unit has been in existence since 1996. Tactical Officers are assigned to a variety of different divisions in the Department, and are activated for tactical missions as needed, 24 hours a day. The team consists of a 20 officer tactical unit specializing in:
  • Hostage rescue
  • Barricaded subjects
  • High-risk warrants
  • VIP protection
  • Crowd / riot control
  • Crisis negotiations
Assault / Entry Team
Approach, position, enter and secure buildings, vehicles, and other tactical objectives.

Containment Teams
Maintain inner perimeter surrounding an objective, relay intelligence to the team commander / leader.

Marksman / Observer Teams
Two-officer teams capable of observation, intelligence gathering, relaying information, initiating assaults and entries, and incapacitating threats not visible to the inner perimeter.

Crisis Negotiators
Initiate contact with hostage-takers, emotionally disturbed persons, and barricaded subjects via telephone or other communication device. Negotiators are trained to persuade individuals to come to a peaceful resolution to the crisis.