Dave Struckman retires

August  31, 2012


    The Davenport police department will lose one of its key officers on Friday. Captain Dave Struckman is retiring, and during his 44 years, he's held nearly every job possible except for chief.
    Struckman was hired during summer of 1968, and worked his first shift on patrol in downtown Davenport that fall. And he could have retired at any time during the past ten years, but waited until it became mandatory due to his age because he "enjoyed the work."
    Crime has changed a lot during his years - he thinks there's more property crime now, more crime caused by drugs, and society has become more violent.
     He has no major plans for retirement except to enjoy living out near Donahue in rural Scott County, and taking care of his five dogs. And to keep in touch with the many friends he's made at work.
    He's also proud of his key role in improving relations between the news media and Davenport police, since the mid-90's, saying providing timely, accurate information has helped the department and the community.