DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — The Dubuque Police Department has only 5 school resource officers (SROs) to cover the 19 schools in the district, so they want to add 3 more.
Dubuque police have had a good relationship with the school district for years and they want to continue to be available to students across the city.
School district spokesman Michael Cyze says they value their relationship with the police department and have been hoping for more resource officers for a while.
“We’ve been in conversation with the police department for a number of years hoping to expand the school resource officers in our buildings. The school resource officers become a complete part of the operations of a building they know students by name the students know them and they work closely with our administrative teams.”
Even though the police presence in schools is beneficial to students, the police department does not currently have enough officers to give the schools equal attention. Chief of Police Mark Dalsing says their proposed plan will change that.
“Currently every SRO has at least two schools, a high school and a middle school and when this plan is fully implemented each SRO will be independent to a school. So through this plan we will cover all the middle and high schools and add more help for the elementary schools.”
Chief Dalsing says they plan to add another resource officer to district schools by the 2020 school year. A budget split between the city and the school district will have to be approved before they can move forward with the plan.