Dubuque Police Department

  • Agency: Dubuque Police Department
  • Address: 770 Iowa St., Dubuque, 52004 IA
  • Chief:
Phone: 563.589.4410
Fax: 563.589.4497
Email:

Dubuque Police Department is located at 770 Iowa St., Dubuque, 52004 IA. The Dubuque Police Department phone number is 563.589.4410.

Dubuque Police Department News

There is possibly some winter weather headed our way again, and we are certainly only at the beginning of the winter weather season. After the Crashfests we had with the first two relatively mild snows, we want to remind everyone of winter weather driving tips: • First and foremost, ask yourself if you really need to be out driving. Yes, you need to get home from work and get the kids from school, but do you really need to go across town to get that mocha-latte from your favorite coffee shop?? • Take your time! Give yourself extra time to get to your destination. The posted speed limit is the maximum allowable speed, not a challenge. You are required by law to drive at a speed acceptable for the current road conditions. • Watch the forecast and plan ahead. You will usually have advance notice of an incoming storm. Put gas in your car and buy milk from the store before the storm gets here. • Check your tires. If they are bald, consider replacing them. The financial hit you take on the tires may be cheaper than a totaled car, and definitely cheaper than a hospital stay (or worse). • Four-wheel drive does not make you invincible, especially on ice. • Clear the snow from all of your windows, headlights and taillights and wait for the windows to defrost before driving. A 6 inch peephole scraped into the windshield hardly gives you the visibility you need to drive in a blizzard. • Ice scrapers are cheap. Yes your debit card will work, but not as efficiently as a $2 scraper. • Speaking of lights, turn them on whether it’s daytime or night. You may not need them to see the road, but you will be more visible to other motorists, especially in a pounding snow. • Plan your route. Dubuque has hills…lots of hills...STEEP hills. West 3rd Street may be the shortest route for you to get to your destination but unless you like spinning in place trying to go up the hill, or fancy a thrilling sideways slide down the hill, you may want to consider staying on the major streets. The major streets are plowed first. • Have a shovel and salt in your car. It doesn’t hurt to have extra clothing in there too. • If you are involved in a crash, you can call 911 in an emergency, or the non-emergency number of (563)589-4415 to get emergency services to respond. Be advised, in the last Crashfest, there were so many accidents that drivers had to wait a half hour or longer for an officer to finish prior accident investigations before they were free to respond to new crashes. We will get to you as soon as we can. • Alcohol and winter weather driving are a horrible idea. Just don’t do it. Please. • I shouldn’t have to say this, but stay off your phone! You can always post the photo of your mocha-latte when you get to your destination. Please keep your full attention on your driving. Thank You, Chief Dalsing and the DPD staff

Please use caution driving this afternoon/evening. Officers are responding to dozens of crashes in the city. Allow yourself more time and increase the distance between your vehicle and others.

Our K9 Division has created it's own Facebook page. Take a look and like and follow their page if you have an interest in K9 operations. https://www.facebook.com/DBQK9/?hc_ref=ART7a8RFrQ5Ph4mIBNNugb49ZqW12SAFSIH5e9kpYambdfRJtS6pmZXOvCRi62InmPM

Less than two weeks until the third annual Toys for Tots FREE Kid's Christmas Party, sponsored by the Marine Corps Toys for Tots of Dubuque and the Dubuque Police Department!

On December 3rd, 2017, at approximately 11:20 p.m., Dubuque Police responded to 981 High Bluff Street on the report of a deceased female inside the residence. Upon arrival, officers located the body of an adult female and determined the death was suspicious in nature. The decedent was ultimately identified as Beverly A. Puccio, 42, of the address above. Investigators determined at some point Saturday night (the 2nd) she encountered Michael E. Piantieri, 36, of 694 West 11th Street, at the Walnut Tap (909 Walnut Street). The two later left the bar and went back to Puccio’s residence, where it appears they had a physical altercation that resulted in injuries believed to have caused her death. The official cause and method of death is yet to be determined by the State Medical Examiner. Today, after investigators developed Piantieri as the suspect, he was located and brought to the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center to be interviewed. He was then charged with 1st Degree Murder, a Class A Felony, punishable by life in prison. He is being held in the Dubuque County Jail, awaiting his initial court appearance. As with any criminal case, the charges filed are allegations and any suspects are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. If you have any information on this incident or others, please call the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-4415 or Crime Stoppers at 800-747-0117 or 563-588-0714 (if the information leads to an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000). You can also submit tips anonymously online at www.cityofdubuque.org/police or through the MyDBQ smartphone app available at www.cityofdubuque.org/MyDBQ.

On December 3rd, 2017, at approximately 11:20 p.m., Dubuque Police responded to 981 High Bluff Street on the report of a deceased female inside the residence. Upon arrival, officers located the body of an adult female and determined the death was suspicious in nature. The cause of death has not been officially determined and the investigation is ongoing. Police do not believe this was a random act or that the general public is in any danger as it pertains to this incident. The identity of the decedent is not being released as family notifications are still in progress. More information will be released later tonight or early tomorrow morning. If you have any information on this incident or others, please call the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-4415 or Crime Stoppers at 800-747-0117 or 563-588-0714 (if the information leads to an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000). You can also submit tips anonymously online at www.cityofdubuque.org/police or through the MyDBQ smartphone app available at www.cityofdubuque.org/MyDBQ.

Power is starting to come back on in most of the areas. Thanks for your paitence.

Please don't call 911 to just let someone know your power is out or to find out how long it will take to restore power. 911 is for emergencies. Alliant energy has been notified and is working on it.

We are experiencing some power outages in the Hempstead High School/Embassy West areas. Some traffic signals, street lights, etc. may be out. If you must be out in these areas, please drive carefully.

We just took a call from a local business regarding an Alliant Energy scam. It’s nearly identical to the version that circulated through the community a few years ago. Basically, the Alliant customer is told their account is past due and services will be shut off soon (in this case, 45 minutes) if payment is not made. An 800 number is provided to the customer, and when called a “customer service rep” informs the customer to make payment to avoid having a disruption in service. The call recipient in this case questioned the scammer (rightfully so) and asked to verify account information. The scammer refused, advising they needed to pay first. She further advised the scammer that their business is set up for auto-payment, making this past due notice invalid. Eventually, she hung up on the scammer and surprisingly, their service was never shut off! Alliant has been notified. We also tried to call the 800 number but it’s since been disconnected (another surprise). You may recall, we actually had at least one business fall victim to this scam the last time around. Please, help us spread the word and warn others, especially local businesses, that this is indeed a scam. Thanks!

On November 27th, 2017, at approximately 3:37 a.m., Dubuque Police responded to the 1800 block of Central Avenue on the report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located evidence indicating the exterior of Club Rise, at 1850 Central Avenue, had been damaged by gunfire. The investigation determined a disturbance developed between Club Rise management and a music promoter, Ricardo Sanchez, 32, of Chicago, regarding payment for a concert held earlier at the bar. During the disturbance, Sanchez allegedly exited the bar and retrieved a handgun from a vehicle outside. He then proceeded to fire at the building several times. No one inside the bar was injured. Sanchez then retreated back to the vehicle and fled the scene. The details above were corroborated by witnesses and traffic/security cameras in the area. At approximately 4:24 a.m., Galena (IL) Police located the suspect vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. Sanchez was among the occupants and was placed under arrest for Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon and Going Armed with Intent. Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon is a Class C Felony punishable by a fine between $1,000 to $10,000, and up to 10 years in prison. Going Armed with Intent is a Class D Felony, punishable by a fine between $750 and $7,500, and up to 5 years in prison. Sanchez is being held in the Jo Daviess County (IL) Jail on a $50,000 cash bond, pending extradition to Dubuque. As with any criminal case, the charges filed are allegations and any suspects are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. If you have any information on this incident or others, please call the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-4415 or Crime Stoppers at 800-747-0117 or 563-588-0714 (if the information leads to an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000). You can also submit tips anonymously online at www.cityofdubuque.org/police or through the MyDBQ smartphone app available at www.cityofdubuque.org/MyDBQ.

With the holiday season upon us, the Dubuque Police Department would like to offer the following safety tips. Get there (and back) safely: - Do not drive impaired: call a taxi, ride service, use a designated driver, or stay put. - Everyone buckles up, regardless of seating position within the vehicle. - Avoid distractions – electronic or otherwise. - Slow down (or avoid driving) during adverse weather/road conditions. Preventing package theft: - Lock your vehicle & do not leave items of value in plain sight. - Utilize shipping/tracking alerts on packages being delivered to your home. - If not home upon delivery, ask a trusted neighbor to secure the package for you. - If possible, require a signature for deliveries. - If you see a package sitting outside your neighbor’s home, contact them & ask if they would like you to take the package in. General safety: - Report all suspicious/criminal activity: 563-589-4415 or 9-1-1 (emergency only) - Safety in numbers – no matter what the activity, try to take someone with you. - Always be aware of your surroundings & prepared to act. - Visit cityofdubuque.org/crimeprevention for more crime prevention tips!

Another Polar Plunge in the books for the team from the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center and friends and family! 35 degrees and 20mph winds made it a bit brisk! Totals aren't in but it looks like our team raised over $3,000 and the event raised around $50,000 for Special Olympics Iowa, and our team retained its Best Team Costume title!

A second case has been added to ID4PD today: 2017-009385. This investigation involves an attempted burglary and criminal mischief to “The Last Load” laundromat at 535 Hill Street on 11/15-11/16. The pictured individual is alleged to have attempted entry into a secured area within the facility, as well as attempted entry into the ATM. Several thousand dollars in combined damage was done, but no further monetary or property loss occurred. If you have any information, please provide it at cityofdubuque.org/ID4PD. Thanks!

Thanks again to all of you who donated to our "Shop With A Cop" fundraiser. The Dubuque Police Protective Association used the remaining funds to purchase $2,000 in winter coats, mittens, & boots for St. Mark Youth Enrichment. Seems like only yesterday we were having summertime water balloon fights with the kids there, and now they're ready for winter thanks to this amazing program and community effort!

We just added a new case to our ID4PD webpage (cityofdubuque.org/ID4PD). The individuals pictured here allegedly broke into vending machines at the Holiday Inn and stole between $200-$500, on or about November 6th, 2017. If you have any information, please let us know by visiting the ID4PD webpage. As always, thanks for the help and support!

Thank you to Rob & Angie and Live Like Jack for thinking about our officers today. It's a great reminder for our staff to "Play Like There's No Tomorrow!" In the true spirit of Live Like Jack, you were thinking about others instead of yourselves! #LiveLikeJack https://livelikejack8.org/

Thank you Hills & Dales for allowing us to be a part of your family!

We are assisting the East Dubuque Police in trying to identify the individual pictured here, believed to be involved in the mid-October burglary to Jo Mama's Bar in East Dubuque. We realize the image quality is poor, but if you have any information regarding this case, please submit at cityofdubuque.org/ID4PD. Thanks!

To all who have served and are serving our country, WE THANK YOU!

A big thanks to the staff at the McDonalds on Iowa St for helping us out tonight with a group of people whose van broke down! #communitypartnership

Officers are investigating the report of multiple shots fired in the area of 17th and Main. Several subjects who were possibly involved have been identified. At this point, it is believed a group of subjects were playing a game where they "tag" each other with airsoft or paintball guns.

It's that time of year. Officers have responded to several accidents on lower Dodge St tonight involving deer. Drive carefully!

Reference the situation on E. 22nd. Officers have cleared the scene. It is believed this has been an incident of "swatting" where a subject calls 911 as a prank in attempt to get a large number of police to respond. The caller in this incident told the dispatcher that he had a gun, had killed his family, and was going to kill police to avoid going to jail. This was obviously taken very seriously. Simply put, this is and was not funny!

Officers and investigators are on scene in the 700 block of E. 22nd after dispatch received a report of a subject with a gun. The scene is secure and there is no danger to the public. The situation is still unfolding, and current information is incomplete. This will be updated when more information is available.