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Dubuque police focus on "quality of life" issues

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Warm weather means more people are spending time outside. And while serious and violent criminal behavior remains a top priority for Dubuque Police this summer will also bring an increased focus on behavior that negatively impacts "quality of life" in the city.

Wednesday was a beautiful day at Jackson Park in Dubuque. And it was a beautiful day for Captain Russ Stecklein to hope on his bike and patrol the neighborhood.

"To be like this it's just perfect. People are out, the kids are out, the parks are full. People are out on the side walks and anyone that wants to stop and talk to us for any reason, raising concerns, can holler at us an we can come right here," said Stecklein.

Its days like today that give Stalin a chance to be more accessible to people.

"They just love to give us information and it's valuable information for us," said Stecklein.

But this year, he and other officers are focusing on something new.

"This time of you we like to put an emphasis on the qualify of life issues because really we don't get a lot of heinous crime those are pretty few and far between and we like that," said Stecklein.

He says you can expect increased enforcement on noise violations, loud mufflers, and loud music.

"The non desire of people who don't use the sidewalks just walking along the street getting the way of cars. When there is perfectly usable sidewalks along the street so we're gonna be taking a little strong stance this year on some of those crimes," said Stecklein.

And while some worry police aren't focusing on the right problems. They say starting with quality of life issues can help prevent crime.

"Do the common sense approaches to respect. That goes a long way in just making the summer enjoyable for everyone," said Stecklein.

Stecklein says the key to success in neighborhoods is communication and respect. He says there are several neighborhood associations working closely with police to improve quality of life.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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