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Like Dubuque father, like Dubuque daughter

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- The Assistant Chief of Police is one of the U.S. Census Bureau's estimated 67.8 million fathers in the country.

The Dubuque Police Department has a little more than 100 officers, and about 15 of them are women. Only one, however, is Assistant Chief of Police Terry Tobin's daughter.

"I know there have been a few father/son combinations," Tobin's daughter Caren Tobin said. "I know there's some brothers who have worked and do work for the department. I don't think there's ever been a father/daughter combination before."

Caren Tobin went through the same program at the same department her dad went through one generation ago.

"It's just really nice to have somebody there that really understands, you know, every aspect of everything I'm going through, because it's exactly what he did when he started," Caren Tobin said.

"I think there's maybe a little bit of kind of re-living the job or having a little bit of the connection to the streets through Caren," the Assistant Chief of Police said.

He said he enjoys "going back and remembering how I reacted or how I had to handle some of those situations."

As for preferential treatment within the department, "I'll liken it to a coach that has a child that's on their team," Terry Tobin said. "You certainly want to make sure that you treat everyone the same. You want to make sure that you don't treat your child any different or any harder."

Still, Caren Tobin said, "everything is going to get back to him, so I want to make sure that anything that gets back to him is, you know, something positive."

"I'm hoping that he thinks I'm doing a good job and that he's proud of me," Caren Tobin said.

"I'm very proud of the work she's been doing, the way her career has been developing," her father said. "I think the sky is the limit for her with the department."

If father knows best - and, in this case, he just might - then that is saying a lot.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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