The Dubuque Law Enforcement Center, a crucial hub for community support and assistance, has recently introduced significant changes to its operational policies. These changes, while essential for enhancing safety and maintaining cleanliness, also aim to ensure continued accessibility for all visitors, including those experiencing homelessness or seeking assistance.

Effective immediately, the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center will implement new lobby hours. The inner lobby doors will be locked from 4:30 PM to 8:00 AM, with the outer lobby doors to the sidewalk secured from 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM. Despite these restricted hours, individuals requiring assistance after-hours are still welcome to access services.

Credit: Dubuque county Sheriff's Office
Credit: Dubuque County Sheriff's Office

To facilitate after-hours access, the center has installed call buttons and speakers. Visitors in need of assistance during locked hours can simply activate the call button, and our dispatch team will remotely unlock the doors. This system ensures that essential services such as filing complaints, speaking to officers or deputies, or depositing funds into inmate accounts remain accessible and uninterrupted.

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The decision to implement these new policies stems from recent challenges faced by the center. Over the past few months, instances of misuse, particularly by individuals overstaying their welcome, leaving behind trash, and causing discomfort for other visitors, have necessitated a reassessment of operational procedures. While the center has historically provided temporary refuge for homeless individuals, recent incidents have highlighted the need to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for all visitors.

Understanding the importance of supporting individuals experiencing homelessness or poverty, residents must know about the availability of various shelters and assistance programs in the Tri-State area. These include:

  • Almost Home: 1276 White St, Dubuque, IA 52001 Phone: (563) 583-6572
  • Catholic Worker House: 1592 Locust St, Dubuque, IA 52001 Phone: (563) 582-9079
  • Teresa Shelter: 1111 Bluff St, Dubuque, IA 52001 Phone: (563) 690-0086
  • Dubuque Rescue Mission: 398 Main St 998 Store 2, Dubuque, IA 52001 Phone: (563) 583-1394
  • Opening Doors Dubuque: 2100 Asbury Rd Ste 8, Dubuque, IA 52001 Phone: (563) 690-0086
  • Manasseh House: 2080 Elm St Apt 103, Dubuque, IA 52001 Phone: (563) 557-4450
  • Salvation Army1099 Iowa St, Dubuque, IA 52001 Phone: (563) 556-1573

These organizations provide vital support, shelter, and resources for individuals facing homelessness or poverty in the Dubuque area. If you or someone you know requires assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to these organizations for help.

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The Dubuque Law Enforcement Center remains committed to serving the community while upholding standards of safety, cleanliness, and accessibility. For further inquiries or assistance, please contact the center directly.

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