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ID4PD program a big success in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

It's been nearly two years since Dubuque Police launched a new program called ID4PD--aimed at asking for help in identifying people suspected of crimes.

They post pictures, usually from surveillance cameras, of people suspected of all crimes, from simple misdemeanors up to felonies.

Lt. Scott Baxter with the Dubuque Police says they've been impressed with the response.

"The success has just been amazing. Out of all the initiatives and proactive things we've done, this is by far one of the more successful ones," he said.

In the almost two years since it's launch, they've posted 50 cases, and closed many of them.

Baxter said before they started this program, those pictures would be posted in the police station, but often would go unidentified.

Putting them out to the public has changed things quite a bit.  He says they close them much quicker now, sometimes in just one or two days.

"We had one case where we sent information out to our local media contacts, and had a response within a minute after the media outlet has posted it, that they had an ID submission. So it's just amazing how fast this works, how effective it is," he said.

Baxter is thrilled to see so much participation from people here in Dubuque.

"It's basically just further promoting the community policing philosophy we've had here since the '90's. Engaging the community, keeping those lines of communication open. And this is a perfect example of the success you do have when you reach out to your citizens and they communicate with their department. I think the possibilities are endless," he said.

KWWL posts these cases online and our Facebook page.

You can also find them here: http://cityofdubuque.org/id4pd.

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