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Dubuque Shots Fired Calls Drop to Near Zero


Just three years after hitting a record high, reports of gunfire in Dubuque are on pace to stay in the low single digits for calendar year 2018. So far this year, there have been just four reports of shots being fired in the city. That’s down by three-quarters from just last year, and ranks well below the 33 reports police took back in 2015. Dubuque Police Chief Mark Dalsing says his officers and investigators deserve much of the credit for bringing the number of reports down. According to Dalsing, shots fired reports present some unique challenges for law enforcement. In many cases, police will seek federal charges against those involved in gunfire incidents. Dalsing says that’s because those charges carry heavier penalties while requiring less proof. While Dalsing is pleased to see the gunfire reports down so significantly, he knows next year could bring another increase. Since hitting 33 in 2015, shots fired cases dropped to 26 in 2016, then to 20 last year, and are currently at four for this year.

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