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More police in Dubuque college neighborhoods during first few weeks of school

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — Dubuque police will be watching neighborhoods where many college students live a little more closely the first few weeks of the school year.

Police say they are not doing it to just bust parties, but rather to talk with students and families that may live next door to them to make sure they getting along. Lieutenant Joe Messerich says it is important for students to be good neighbors.

“One thing that students sometimes forget is that not everyone that lives around them is a college student. It might be a family with young kids that are trying to sleep in the middle of the night, you know they obviously don’t want to be listening to the yelling and the clanking of bottles at 2 o’clock in the morning,” Messerich explains. “So a little bit of relationship building goes a long way.”

He says officers will be patrolling the neighborhoods to talk with students about practicing safe habits this school year as well.

“Going out in groups, not drinking to excess to the point where they can’t take care of themselves, obviously being cautious of drug use and the dangerous substances that are out there.”

Messerich also encourages students to build a good relationship with the police department.

“We also want them to enjoy Dubuque. They’re going to be in town for four years. You know, get to know your police department, get to know what the city has to offer.”

Lieutenant Messerich says while the department is not increasing presence in the neighborhoods to just crack down on parties, they do want to make sure students know what to expect if they do break the law.

Cori Hanna

Today in Iowa reporter

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