Dubuque Considers Adding Police Sub-Station

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- An area of Dubuque that has seen its fair share of crime could soon become a little safer. Police say they respond to the Washington Street neighborhood more than any other part of the city. Now they want to put a new substation near the corner of East 22nd Street and Kniest Street.

Police responding to the Washington Street Neighborhood comes as no surprise for Eugune Pfeiffer.

Pfeiffer said, "Most people are what you'd call good people. But you know there are some bad apples. You gotta do what you gotta do, ya know? "

Officers from the city's Community Oriented Policing Division regularly patrol the densely populated neighborhood.

Dubuque Police Chief Mark Dalsing said, "We are bound to get more calls for service because the houses are a lot closer. It's because a lot of the residences have changed from single family residence to multi- family residence over the past several decades. "

Police say a sub-station would likely decrease crime in the area. Still, Chief Dalsing says nothing is fool proof.

"We have people who do some incredibly stupid things right outside our building on a regular basis," Dalsing said.

Plans for the sub-station are still preliminary, but the City Council recently named the project as a goal for the coming year.

Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol said, "We are willing to try anything within reason to make this a community that is not only safe, really safe, but also a community that doesn't have that perception of an area that has a lot of crime. "
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