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Watertown Police Department

Serving the community since 1853

 

 

 

 

 

2000

02 16       Officer Marcie Repta elected president of Wisconsin Association of Women Police   WDT

 

03 31       HERO RECOGNITION

   4-year-old calls 911, saves mother’s life

 

05 12       CITIZEN'S POLICE ACADEMY

   First graduation from

 

CAPT TOM KILLMON, DEPUTY CHIEF TIM ROETS, CHIEF CHARLES MCGEE, CAPT MARK MEDDAUGH

    Spring of 2000

 

06 13       K-9 UNIT FORMED

     Officer Tim Engel / Police canine Bakko    

 

06 17       VANDALS AT WATERTOWN PARKS—The city is shelving for this year the idea of hiring an auxiliary police patrol to keep a lookout for vandals at Watertown parks.  “It is not going to happen.  There is no money budgeted for it this year,” said Park and Recreation Director John Steber.  But the patrol could become a reality in 2001.  “We will review with the police department what measures can be taken and addressed in the 2001 budget about possibly providing park security next year,” Steber said this week.   WDT

 

06 17       Auxiliary Police patrol for parks shelved   WDT

 

06 28          Police Auxiliary, 2000, 12 members

 

10 12       MARK MEDDAUGH

A veteran police officer of over 14 years has been selected to head the Operations Bureau of the Watertown Police Department.  Sgt. Mark E. Meddaugh, who currently supervises the Investigative Division, was approved for promotion to the rank of captain by the Police and Fire Commission at its meeting Monday.  Meddaugh fills a vacancy created by the promotion of Tim Roets to deputy chief.  Meddaugh began his career with the Watertown Police Department in July of 1986 as a patrol officer.  He was later transferred to investigations and was promoted to sergeant in February of 1991.  As a former D.A.R.E. instructor, Meddaugh is well-known and respected by the children in the community.  In March of 1999 Meddaugh graduated from the 196th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.   WDT

 

2001

04 25       Two veteran Watertown police officers have been promoted to the rank of sergeant.  Timothy O. Engel, who is credited with starting the department’s police canine police program in 1998, will be assigned to the uniform services division.  He will continue his duties as canine handler.  Andrew R. Gee, nationally recognized as the WeTip Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, also will be assigned to the uniform services division.   WDT

 

2002

03 18       CITY HALL EXPANSION AND RENOVATION / Watertown Municipal Building

  

 

07 20       RESPONSIBILITY FOR STATE HIGHWAY 16 BYPASS

The Watertown Police Department will have sole responsibility for patrolling and enforcing the speed limit on the state Highway 16 bypass north of Watertown following approval of an intergovernmental agreement with the Dodge County Board of Supervisors.  The Watertown Common Council approved the agreement last month.  The police will patrol and respond to accidents on the entire bypass.  Previously, the sheriff’s department had control over enforcing the speed and accidents that occurred on the bypass west of Boulder Road.  WDT

 

2003

08 29       MOBILE RADIOS

Watertown police and fire departments have received mobile radios enhancing communication abilities with other agencies.  The radios, purchased through a $56,501 Homeland Security Grant, went into service this week.  Deputy Police Chief Tim Roets said his department received seven new units valued at $4,542.  “The radios allow our marked squad cars the ability to communicate directly with deputies in Dodge and Jefferson counties,” he said.  “It also allows, to a degree, the ability to talk with the state patrol.”  One radio is installed in the supervising sergeant’s car and the remaining six are in patrol squad cars.  Roets said there are eight marked cars total, so only one doesn’t have a radio.  WDT

 

     c.2003

Deputy Chief Tim Roets, Captain Tom Killmon, Chief Charles McGee, Retired Lt. Vern Schumann, Retired Inspector Larry Sukow.

 

09 07       SILVER TOOTH FOR BAKKO

They say a dog’s bark is worse than his bite.  However, that’s not the case when man’s best friend has a titanium tooth.  Watertown Police Department’s sole K-9 unit, Bakko, underwent a procedure to repair a cracked tooth.  The final result, an implanted silver tooth.  When the 100-pound German shepherd came to the station in 2000 the problem was irritated during a training exercise, according to Bakko’s handler, Sgt. Tim Engel.  But Bakko, one of the few police dogs in the state to have an implant, is lucky.  When local dentist Dr. Robert Long heard about the need, Long volunteered his time and talent and recruited a few others to help.  WDT

 

Dec          DISPATCH CENTER

         Dispatchers Diana Monaghan and Jill Petig

 

2005

April         Retirement of Bakko, Department’s first police canine.

 

06 25       RANDY JOHNSON PROMOTED TO SERGEANT

Randall D. Johnson, a veteran police officer with over eight years of experience with the Watertown Police Department, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant.  Johnson began his career with the Watertown Police Department on Feb. 3, 1997.  He is a graduate of Middleton High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology in 1995 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  As a member of the Uniform Services Division, he served as field training and bike patrol officers.  Johnson spent four years assigned to the Jefferson County Drug Task Force and was most recently assigned to the Investigative Division.  He has received numerous commendations for his work over the years and has been actively involved as a mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

 

2006

04 06       RODNEY WIELAND RETIREMENT

Longtime police officer Rodney A. Wieland has announced his retirement from the Watertown Police Department.  After serving as an officer for the Mineral Point Police Department for two years, Wieland completed nearly 26 years of dedicated service to the Watertown community.  According to Chief McGee, Wieland was the longest serving patrol officer, having spent his entire career in patrol. “Rod will be greatly missed,” he added. “His experience, street savvy and skills are not things that we simply replace overnight.”

 

07 11       S.A.W. (STUDENTS ARE WATCHING)

School Resource Officer Phil Neidner of the Watertown Police Department was one of several members of state law enforcement who were honored Friday at the annual WeTip award ceremony in Milwaukee.  Neidner was presented with the school resource officer of the year award for creating a crime prevention program called S.A.W., or Students are Watching.  S.A.W. is a school-based program designed to encourage students to come forward anonymously and report crimes that have either been committed or will be committed at school.   WDT

 

2007

03 21       LIGHTS ‘n SIRENS PLANS FOR 2007

One of Watertown’s most popular summertime events, Lights ‘n Sirens, will be held at Riverside Park on Thursday, July 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Planning is under way for the eighth annual community safety fair.  This is a good opportunity for both children and adults to get “up close and personal” with local safety professionals.  The event is intended to promote injury prevention through education and provides the community the chance to meet with public safety personnel in a relaxed setting.  The event is sponsored by Watertown Area Health Services, Watertown Family Center, Watertown Police Department and Watertown Fire Department.   WDT

 

03 28       NATIONAL ACADEMY GRADUATE

Sgt. Robert W. Kaminski, a 16-year veteran with the Watertown Police Department, graduated this month from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Program at Quantico, Va.  The 228th session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 48 states, the District of Columbia, 23 international countries, four military organizations and five federal civilian organizations.  Since 1948 six other Watertown police officers have graduated from the FBI National Academy. Kaminski joins three other current graduates: Chief Charles McGee, Deputy Chief Timothy Roets and Capt. Mark Meddaugh.   WDT

 

06 07       ANDREW GEE NEXT POLICE CHIEF OF MINOCQUA

Sgt. Andrew Gee of the Watertown Police Department has been chosen as the next police chief of Minocqua.  The Minocqua Town Board selected Gee to fill the position last week after conducting interviews with five candidates from four states.  Gee, a native of the Minocqua area, must first pass a battery of psychological tests and a thorough background check before being appointed the new chief.  Gee and the town board must also come to terms on a contract.  Because board members are requiring the new chief to live within a 10-minute response time of downtown Minocqua, Gee will have to move to the area if he receives the job.

 

07 12       ANDREW GEE OFFICIALLY HIRED

Sgt. Andrew Gee of the Watertown Police Department has been officially hired as the new police chief of Minocqua.  Gee said his first day on the job as Minocqua police chief will be on Aug. 1 and his last day with the Watertown Police Department has been tentatively set for July 31.  Gee, a native of the Minocqua area, will replace Minocqua's current chief, Norbert "Mac" McMahon, who is retiring.

 

12 09       CHIEF CHARLES MCGEE TO RETIRE

Watertown Police Chief Charles McGee has announced his plans to retire from his position after completing 15 years with the local department and over 35 years in law enforcement.  In a letter written on Monday to Watertown Police and Fire Commission President Steve Hepp, McGee said he intends to retire as the chief of police near the beginning of August 2008.

 

12 16       GANG ACTIVITY IN WATERTOWN

“Watertown has gangs,” Watertown police Sgt. Katherine Selck said.  “The biggest mistake we can do is to say they’re not here.”  Selck gave an update of gang activity in Watertown, discussed the history of gangs in Watertown and what parents can do to keep their children out of gangs during a Dialogue for Student Success meeting Friday morning.  In May the city council adopted an ordinance that graffiti must be removed on businesses within 72 hours of notice from the police department.  Selck said while often gang activity comes in waves, this fall the police department noticed there was a surge in activity.

 

2008

02 03       B.A.C.K. PACKETS

Watertown police officers will be among the many emergency officials in the state to soon have a new way to comfort children in a crisis. The new program, B.A.C.K. Packets (Become a Cheerful Kid), involves giving each police officer in Watertown, and throughout the state, a backpack filled with 10 to 12 new children’s books to keep in their vehicle. When a police officer is confronted with a crisis situation involving children, the officer can give the child a book. “It gives the child a chance to get temporarily out of their situation and interact with someone else,” Chris Gilbertson, co-founder of With Wings and a Halo R.E.A.C.H. a Child, said. “Also, it may help turn the child on to reading for the rest of their lives.”

 

03 31            Back packets program

 

04 02       POLICE CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM

The Watertown Police Department has formed a police chaplaincy program and the Rev. Mark Moore of St. Paul's Episcopal church and Pastor Doug Stein of Calvary Baptist church will be serving the community in this new ministry.  According to Deputy Chief Tim Roets, the police chaplaincy program was launched last week and has been developed following the guidelines established by the International Conference of Police Chaplains.  "Sometimes police officers are called into situations where they sense a spiritual counselor would be helpful," said Roets, who also serves as the program coordinator.  "For this reason, the Watertown Police Department joined forces with local clergy members to form this program."  The police chaplains will be available on a 24-hour basis to offer support to residents in need, which includes comforting grieving families during death notifications and assisting police during other traumatic incidents.    WDTimes article     

 

06 08       TIM ROETS OFFERED CHIEF POSITION

Deputy Chief Tim Roets of the Watertown Police Department has been offered the job as the city's next police chief, according to Watertown Police and Fire Commission President Steve Hepp.  Police and fire commission members conducted the last of their interviews in closed session Tuesday afternoon and offered the position to Roets shortly after they reconvened into open session.  Roets, who accepted the chief position Tuesday, still needs to pass a background check and a psychological test before he is officially given the job.  Roets would succeed current police Chief Charles McGee, who announced his plans to retire in December 2007. McGee's last day at the police department will be Aug. 8.

 

08 13       CHIEF MCGEE HONORED AT RETIREMENT

                   

 

Former Watertown police Chief Chuck McGee was honored at a retirement dinner this week at the Watertown Elks Lodge.  A number of people in law enforcement, city employees and friends of McGee attended the reception and dinner which were followed by a short program.  McGee’s last day as Watertown’s police chief was Friday.  He has served as chief of the local department since being hired by the Watertown Police and Fire Commission back in June of 1993 when he succeeded Richard Reynolds.  McGee is being succeeded as chief by former deputy Chief Tim Roets.  A number of people offered comments at the dinner commemorating McGee and in addition, the chief was presented with plaques and gifts from those attending.

 

09 17       TIM ROETS, CHIEF OF POLICE

   Tim Roets sworn in as new Police Chief   WDT, 09 17 2008

 

Tim Roets was officially sworn in as the chief of the Watertown Police Department during Tuesday’s common council meeting as his family stood by his side.  “This is a special day and I thank those present for being here to share it with me and my family,” Roets said soon after his wife, Cheryl, pinned his new chief badge on his chest following the swearing in process.

 

“This promotional ceremony is not about me, but instead it’s about the position, our department and what we represent,” he added. “It is a public trust. Trust is important in all professions, but it’s essential in law enforcement.”  Roets also said that he will practice his profession responsibly, honestly, passionately and always with the keen awareness of the trust that has been placed in him by those in the community and those he leads.

 

“At no other time in my career is it more important to engage and partner with our citizens, solve problems and keep Watertown a great place to live.  The beauty and balance of our democracy can be seen clearly, thanks to the willing cooperation of our public and a dedicated team of support staff.  We are able police our city of 23,000 people with 39 officers on a 24 hour a day basis.  Not as a controlling force, but instead as part of the community.”

 

10 06       Haroon Khan murder, Travis Zoellick implicated in the student's death   WDT full text article

 

12 31       Curtis J. Kleppin promoted from sergeant to captain   WDT

 

2009

01 06       OFFICER MIKE KUMBIER, “The Elvis Cop,” retired  

   

Officer Mike Kumbier, affectionately dubbed “The Elvis Cop,” will be retiring.  Kumbier’s appearance, which includes black hair trained in an Elvis-style pompadour and pork chop sideburns, has led more than one motorist to do a double take.

 

A 1977 graduate of Watertown High School, Kumbier began his career with the Watertown Police Department on June 14, 1982, after serving in the United Stated Marine Corps.

 

During his almost three decades with the department, Kumbier worked each of the three shifts and served a four-year tour as a police school resource officer.  He also served the department as a state certified emergency vehicle operation instructor.  On Oct. 14, 1997, he was awarded the department’s Life Saving Award for saving the life of an elderly man by using CPR.  During the course of his career, Kumbier received 10 letters of commendation for meritorious service to the citizens of Watertown.

 

01 29       McGruff the Crime Dog, new costume   WDT

 

02 21       CAPT. KILLMON RETIREMENT

Capt. Tom Killmon, a longtime member of local law enforcement, has retired from the Watertown Police Department after serving the community for almost 34 years.  Killmon was hired as a police officer with the Watertown Police Department on Oct. 13, 1975.  He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in February of 1980, to lieutenant in June of 1985 and to his current rank of captain in May of 1998.  During his tenure with the police department, Killmon has been the recipient of nine formal letters of commendation for noteworthy accomplishments.  He also served as a Wisconsin-certified firearms instructor for 30 years and was well respected for his teaching style and knowledge of tactical firearms training.

 

03 18       KILLMON RECOGNITION 

Former Watertown police Capt. Tom Killmon was recently named the 2008 Legion Post 189 and Jefferson County Legion Police Officer of the Year.  Killmon recently retired from the Watertown Police Department after 33 years of service.  He was nominated for the award by police Chief Tim Roets because of his selfless dedication to the citizens of Watertown.

 

03 24       Watertown Police Dept join Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force 

 

04 17       KAMINSKI AND SCHROEDER PROMOTED

The Watertown Police Department recently promoted two officers to supervisory ranks. Robert Kaminski, a 17-year department veteran, has been promoted from sergeant to captain and Steven Schroeder, who's been with the department for over five years, has been promoted from police officer to sergeant.  Kaminski began his career with the Watertown Police Department on July 8, 1991.  During his tenure, Kaminski has served as a field training officer, detective and sergeant.  He is currently a certified professional communications and police ethics instructor.  Kaminski is a graduate of Milwaukee Tech High School and earned an associate's degree from Madison Area Technical College in police science in 1990 and a bachelor's degree from Excelsior College in 2009.  He is a 2007 graduate of the 228th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

 

05 05       Bakko, the police canine; died, began service in 2000    WDT

 

05 14       Blue and White Sunday proclaimed   WDT

 

06 25       Jeremy Lingle hired to fill vacant officer position   WDT

 

08 01       M&I Bank silent auction to benefit Police K-9 Unit   WDT

 

08 06       2009 Citizen Police Academy, applications for   WDT

 

08 21       Scott Kind hired as new police officer    WDT

 

08 21       Adult School Crossing Guards sought    WDT

 

08 24       REVITALIZED K-9 PROGRAM PROPOSED

Since February of this year, the Watertown Police Department has been aggressively working on a comprehensive strategic visioning process designed to positively steer the department in the right direction for years to come.  Early on in this process, it was made clear there was an overwhelming support from police personnel that the department should have a canine unit, according to Watertown police Capt. Curtis Kleppin.  Although there has been no formal response from the community regarding a revitalized K-9 program, many members of the community informally have come forward willing to donate funds in support of such an undertaking, Kleppin said.

 

Fall           Police explorer program for local teens    WDT

 

08 25       Truancy Abatement Program.  Watertown Moravian Church recently made a donation, which is a cooperative effort between the Watertown Unified School District and Police Department to curb truancy in the middle and grade schools   WDT

 

09 15       Charles Hensen hired as new police officer    WDT

 

10 14       Auxiliary officer Dan Zindars retired    WDT

 

11 04       Two new squad cars, resolution    WDT

 

2010

01 08       Premise Alert System (PAS) introduced   WDT

 

01 22       Ryan Abbott hired as new police officer    WDT

 

01 27       Police dept space problem, municipal bldg renovation, three police/fire precincts   WDT

05 11          Department photo  

 

09 02       Officers Stacy Schroeder and Dave Gilbert, D.A.R.E./crime prevention assignments   WDT

 

09 02       Technology update.  Department received a grant to fund the purchase of 10 laptop computers, printers and mounting brackets to equip 10 squad cars.  Mandated traffic stop data collection requirement effective Jan. 1, 2011.  In 2009 local police officers hand wrote out 2,485 traffic citations, 798 municipal citations, 2,240 parking citations and 671 traffic crash reports.  WDT

 

09 07          Physical Fitness Award, 5-year pin 

 

10 27          Jonathan Wehner hired as new officer

 

11 09          Scams—How to Protect Yourself”   Officer Stacy Schroeder

 

2011

03 07         K-9 unit, attempt to restart

 

03 21       PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP-OFF BOX

Police Dept, in cooperation with UW Health Partners Watertown Regional Medical Center, installed box in lobby of the department.

 

04 13       LYLE A SHAIKEN, 1929-2011, former officer

 

11 02       2011-12 union contract adopted

 

11 09       Run from the Cops (3rd annual) raised $11,320 for People Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse   WDT

 

2012

                Citizen Police Academy members

 

01 15       DETECTIVE JONATHAN CAUCUTT HONORED

The Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Association honored heroes and leaders, recognizing corrections officers, police officers, support staff and citizens.  Watertown Police Detective Jonathan Caucutt was named The Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  Watertown Chief Tim Roets nominated Caucutt for his work on internet crimes against children.  Caucutt's work has led to the arrest of three men in the past year who were preying on children.  In addition, he provided 18 public education sessions about internet safety.  "We in law enforcement, when we take the oath don't expect to get thanked," Caucutt said.  He thanked his fellow officers for assisting with investigations and Chief Roets for committee resources to internet crimes against children.

 

01 16       MARK MEDDAUGH AND SUE ROE RECOGNIZED

 

Two members of the Watertown Police Department will be recognized at the Jefferson County Chiefs and Sheriff Association's annual banquet on Jan. 18.  Capt. Mark Meddaugh will be receiving the President's Award and records clerk Sue Roe will be accepting the Support Person of the Year Award.

 

Meddaugh began his career with the Watertown Police Department on July 31,1986.  He was promoted to the rank of sergeant on Feb. 24, 1991, and captain on Oct. 15, 2000.  He is a graduate of the 196th Session of the FBI National Academy held in Quantico. Va.  Meddaugh is also a state-certified police ethics instructor and professional communications instructor.  Throughout his career, Meddaugh has received 15 formal letters of commendation and the department's fitness award for passing a physical test for five consecutive years.  Meddaugh has worked every uniform patrol watch along with an extensive assignment in the investigations bureau.  He was also one of the department’s early DA.R.E. officers.  In addition, Meddaugh was instrumental in bringing the school resource officer program to Watertown.  Meddaugh has also spent countless hours addressing the increase of domestic violence incidents in the community.  In response to this problem, Meddaugh started an annual 5K run in 2009 known as “Run from the Cops.” which was designed to bring attention to the complexities of domestic violence and to raise much needed funds for domestic violence advocates in Jefferson County. 

 

Roe has served as the Watertown Police Department's record clerk for the past 22 years.  She is responsible for overseeing all of the reports within the local police department.  In 2010 Roe processed 1,036 public records requests, which does not include inquiries for reports by other law enforcement agencies, probation and parole offices, district attorney offices, social services and military recruiters.  Roe is also responsible for court notifications for department officers.  In 2011. Roe introduced and was instrumental in launching the Tax Refund Interception Program to assist in collecting unpaid parking fines.  She conducted a considerable amount of research with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Watertown Municipal Court and the Watertown city clerk prior to implementing the TRIP program.  The program allows the city to collect unpaid parking fines from vehicle owners by intercepting state tax returns before they are sent out.

 

02 25       BARTENDER AWARENESS COURSE

Police Dept will offer a bartender awareness course in the attempt to work together with licensed establishments in the goal to help all reach a 100 percent success rate in police alcohol compliance checks.

 

04 24       SHOOTING RANGE PROPOSED for use by police dept

The Watertown Plan Commission granted a conditional use permit to allow a retail gun dealership and a shooting range to open at 209 E. Main St [Schempf Bldg].  The new business would be called Martz’ Muzzlez Range and Dealership.  In the initial phase, the business is planning on opening the firing range, retail space and a member’s lounge.  The company also plans on renovating the second floor to open an education center for gun safety and training classes, advanced laser ranges for police training and a gunsmith shop.  “This will be a safe and sound business and is a well needed facility in the city, not just for outdoor shooters, but for the police department as well.”   WDT

 

05 16       EMS WEEK declared

Mayor Ron Krueger declared the week of May 20 through May 26 to be Emergency Medical Services Week in Watertown.  According to the proclamation, emergency medical services is a vital public service whose providers are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury.   WDT

 

07 12       KAREN MILLER honored with state law enforcement award

Watertown Police Department Administrative Assistant Karen Miller received the 2012 Project Champion Award from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Administrative Professionals Association.  Miller has been an employee of the Watertown Police Department for 12 years.  She has been the administrative assistant for the past nine years.  Police Chief Tim Roets said Miller has been essential in two department projects in the last year.  Miller was selected to represent the department support staff and served as a conduit between management and the employees after the communications center union was dismantled.

 

Miller was also selected to lead an IT (information technology) support search committee to help the department find a new vendor, according to Roets.  He added she hit all of her deadlines in finding a new vendor and helped to significantly upgrade, stabilize and protect the city’s IT network.   WDT

 

07 17       ICE, LOCAL POLICE ARREST 7

The Watertown Police Department and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations unit arrested seven foreign-born individuals identified as gang members.  The police department worked cooperatively with the federal agencies to identify local gang members and criminals who are in the United States illegally and involved in criminal enterprises in the Watertown area.

 

ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations icoordinated the detention and deportation of the aliens to their home countries.  A similar Community Shield Operation was conducted last August in Watertown. Seven foreign-born individuals identified as gang members were also arrested and deported in that operation.   WDT

 

08 08       GRANT FOR RIVERFEST BUSES

Department awarded a grant of $6,975 to provide buses to transport people who have consumed alcohol at the four-day Riverfest celebration.  On average, 25,000 to 30,000 people attend the event and 450 to 500 barrels of beer are sold during the festival.  With the grant funding, buses will safely transport citizens from 11 a.m. to midnight daily during the event.  WDT

 

Sept         FREE IPHONE APP TO REPORT CRIMES

The Watertown Police Department is announcing a new free iPhone App to report suspicious activities in neighborhoods, drug activity and general crime tips to the police.  This new iPhone app will now be the third way citizens are able to report suspicious crimes or crime tips to the department.  Citizens can still log onto the department's website, www.watertownpolice.com, and report crime tips or tips can be sent through texting on their cellular phones by texting 847-411 then entering "wttn" as their keyword before sending their tip. 

 

Starting today a third method of reporting crimes tips can be sent through an iPhone app.  All tips received are received anonymously by the department and are immediately received by officers at the department.  Community members with i Phones are encouraged to visit the Apple App Store and searched "WPD Tips"

 

When citizens get involved and report suspicious activities it helps keep their neighborhoods safer.  Since 2011 the Watertown Police Department has received 54 tips from the Tip 411 Program (text tips) ranging from abandon vehicles to drug activity and burglary tips.  The Watertown Police Department appreciates citizens sending these tips to keep our community a safe place to live and work.

 

The new iPhone app will now make reporting crime tips even more convenient for community members. This service is provided by Citizen Observer.

 

One can also sign up for text and/or email alerts from the City of Watertown by signing up at www.citizenobserver.com or www.watertownpolice.com.

 

09 19       OFFICER ROBERT HEIMERL

  The Watertown Police Department announced the hiring of Robert Heimerl to serve as the newest officer in the department.  Heimerl is a 2008 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh majoring in criminal justice.  He served in the United States Marine Corps from June 2008 to November 2011 during which time he completed a tour in Afghanistan.  Heimerl was honorably discharged in 2011 at the rank of first lieutenant.  He completed the police academy at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Oak Creek Campus in April of this year.  Heimerl has been assigned to the Uniform Services Bureau and will be completing a 16-week field training program prior to working solo patrol.

 

09 12         Police Academy Alum Kiss the Pig fund raiser.

 

10 25       POLICE EXPLORERS

  The Watertown Police Explorers held a fundraiser to support American Family Children's Hospital at Watertown Regional Medical Center.  The Explorers, who consist of 14- to 21-year-olds, get opportunities to participate in some hands-on law enforcement experiences and community volunteering opportunities. 

 

10 26       MARCIE REPTA Retirement:  First woman police officer

 

2013

04 06          The Watertown Police Explorers competed in the Bay-Lakes Council Law Enforcement Exploring Competition in Appleton, WI.  The Explorers participated in four events of domestic resolution, vehicle contacts, crime scene investigation and open door/room clearing.  There were also two optional events of a physical agility test and a law test.  The Watertown Police Explorers came home with a second place finish in crime scene investigation, missing first place by one point!  Congratulations to Jessica Rynearson, Jordan Learned, Cody Butler and Justin Wilke.

 

06 28       WISCONSIN LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCREDITATION

The Watertown Police Department has become the 20th law enforcement agency in the state of Wisconsin to earn accreditation status through the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group.  The award recognition will take place at the start of the Watertown City Council meeting on July 2 at 7 p.m. WILEAG board secretary, Chief Robert Rosch of the village of Hartland, will present the certificate of recognition.  Police Chief Tim Roets said in a release the accreditation helps standardize the department’s practice.

 

“Being an accredited agency creates uniformity and continuity in the manner in which we conduct business. The process promotes a culture of professionalism and integrity within our department.  By adopting the WILEAG standards we are able to diminish issues of liability, provide guidelines for police officers to successfully complete a complex and ever changing job while still affording the use of proper discretion when serving the citizens.” 

 

Roets praised the work of Capt. Curt Kleppin, who served as the department’s accreditation manager.   WDT article  

 

11 13       LIFE SAVING AWARDS TO OFFICERS

Common Council Proceeding: Police Chief Tim Roets presented Life Saving Awards to Officers Weiner and Peters, related to the September 3, 2013 incident with Mrs. Edna Delair, in which they were on the scene and performed CPR until Fire Department personnel arrived.  Mayor David expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to the Fire Fighters and Police Officers for the jobs well done at these incidents.

 

2014

01 09       POLICE HONOR CROSSING GUARDS

The Watertown Police Department participates in the statewide Wisconsin Adult School Crossing Guard Recognition Week, Jan. 13-17.  The Watertown Police Department has 13 dedicated adult crossing guards that are responsible for nine school crossing locations, according to a release from the department.  Next week, students are encouraged to recognize their guard in some manner, even if it is just saying thank you as they cross.  The department also said it would like to remind drivers that laws require them to not only stop as children cross but to remain stopped until the guard has returned to the curb. Guards indicate that it is not uncommon for drivers to begin to move as soon as children have passed their vehicles.  

 

01 29       GORDON GERTH, 1922–2014

                     Chapter on Gordon Gerth  

 

03 27       ANNUAL BIKE RODEO

   The Watertown Police Department is hosting its 21st annual Bicycle Rodeo this summer on June 14 at the Watertown High School.  Chickens Unlimited has been a generous supporter of the bicycle rodeo for many years and this year is no exception. On March 20, Tom Godfroy and Jerry of Hepp of Chickens Unlimited donated money to the Watertown Police Department in support of the bike rodeo. The donation will be used to educate children on bicycle safety.  The Watertown Police Department is thankful to all businesses and civic groups like Chickens Unlimited for their generous donations that have helped keep this program running for 21 years.

 

April         CHIEF ROETS VISITS STORYTIME JAMBOREE

   Watertown Public Library

 

04 14       OFFICER SCOTT KIND’S QUICK ACTION helps residents get out during fire

No one was injured in a small fire at the Washington Inn, 516 E. Main St.  Officer Scott Kind was at the hotel at approximately 10 p.m. doing a verification check at the inn when he smelled smoke in the building, followed the smoke to a room that was unoccupied, alerted the fire department and other police officers and began an evacuation.  The building did not have a fire alarm system; there was a smoke detector in the room where the fire began, but it was not working at the time of the fire. A smoke detector in the hallway was working.  It is believed that the fire was started by a candle on the floor next to the sofa in the room.  Emergency officials also evacuated the Firecracker Pub which shares a building with the Washington Inn.    Video Clip

 

04 21       “RUN FROM THE COPS” 5K run/walk

   Chickens Unlimited recently presented a check to the Watertown Police Deparatment for their annual “Run from the Cops” 5K run/walk. The run/walk will take place Oct. 4 to raise awareness and support for victims of domestic violence

 

04 25       ANNUAL REPORT, POLICE DEPT.

The Watertown Police Department dispatch center received 24,115 calls for service in 2013, according to the department's annual police report.  The service call number includes officer initiated calls to report activities and fire permit calls.  The most common calls generated by the public were fire and EMS calls with 2,278, followed by 1,144 disorderly conduct complaints, 581 animal complaints, 552 calls for suspicious acts, 501 bad driving complaints and 440 car accidents.  The most common calls initiated by officers were traffic stops with 4,243 reported, followed by 1,181 door checks, 984 bar checks, 853 school enforcement actions, 815 welfare checks, 681 parking complaints and 528 warrant arrests.

 

Police officers reported 1,379 adult arrests in 2013. That was down from 1,648 in 2012 and 1,811 in 2011.  The department reported 368 juvenile arrests in 2013 which was up 15 from 2012.  The city saw the lowest rate of index crimes, with 669 reported in 2013, in the last three years. An index crime is an FBI classification for violent and other serious property crimes. The number of index crimes reported in 2013 are as follows. . . .

 

Full text, WDTimes story  

 

05 07       DAVID J. BROWER AND BENJAMIN S. OLSEN PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF SERGEANT

Brower began his law enforcement career with the Watertown Police Department on Jan. 28, 2001, according to a release from the department.  He is a graduate of Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and public administration.  During his tenure with the department, Brower served as a uniformed police officer and as a detective for over 10 years in the investigations division.  He is a state certified firearms and tactical rifle instructor. He is also a trained arson investigator and a member of the department’s entry team.  Brower is a senior instructor for the police department and responsible for coordinating a variety of training exercises for sworn personnel.  He is the recipient of six letters of commendation and the department’s Physical Fitness Award.  Brower will be assigned to the uniform services division.

 

Olsen began his career with the Watertown Police Department on Feb. 1, 2007. He is a graduate of Watertown High School and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  Olsen has served as a uniformed police officer and is currently a detective in the investigations division. He is a member of the department’s entry team and is the recipient of two letters of commendation.  Olsen will also be assigned to the uniform services division.

 

05 08       NEW OFFICERS:  MICHAEL ROEHL, IAN KEATS AND JAMES SIMON

   Selected after an arduous hiring process which included written, fitness and psychological testing. The three new officers, from left to right, are Michael Roehl, Ian Keats and James Simon.

 

Roets said they were selected after an arduous hiring process which included written, fitness and psychological testing. The recruits were also interviewed and ranked by members of the Watertown Police and Fire Commission and police department staff. Each of the applicants received an extensive background investigation before being selected to fill the vacant positions.

 

Upon completing their initial orientation period, the new recruits will enter the department’s field training program where they will work under the guidance of a field training officer for 14 weeks. During this time, the recruits will work each of the department’s shifts and spend introductory time in the Investigations Bureau and Communications Center.

 

“These are three excellent recruits with diverse backgrounds.  Each recruit has a high potential to become an excellent addition to our department. We look forward to them starting our field training program,” Roets said.

 

The three new officers are:

 

— Officer James Simon, 27, from Fort Atkinson.  He graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in health, human performance and recreation. In December 2012, Simon graduated from the Police Academy at Madison College.  Simon is also a member of the Wisconsin National Guard where he currently holds the rank of sergeant (E5).

 

— Officer Michael Roehl, 40, from Beloit. He attended both Blackhawk Technical College and UW-Rock County majoring in criminal justice.  In August 2012, Roehl graduated from the Police Academy at Blackhawk Technical College.  Roehl is also a member of the U.S. Navy Reserves and currently holds the rank of E-3.

 

— Officer Ian Keats, 23, from Sun Prairie.  He graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2013 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in both criminal justice and Spanish.  In August 2013, Keats graduated from the Police Academy at Madison College.

 

05 13       ABBY MARR WINS D.A.R.E. REPORT CONTEST

   The 2013-14 second semester D.A.R.E. culmination was a success with approximately 150 students and family members attending.  The graduation took place at the Watertown High School auditorium and involved Douglas Elementary, St. Henry’s Catholic, Good Shepherd Lutheran and Schurz Elementary.  D.A.R.E. students complete a report which represents the students’ commitment to remain drug and violence free. The report winner was Abby Marr.  Marr is in Lynn Foelker’s class from Schurz Elementary School.  For winning the competition, Abby won $50, a D.A.R.E. medal, a pizza party for her class and a Daren the Lion stuffed animal.  Below is the winning D.A.R.E. report:

 

“You have slow reflexes, can’t remember anything you did last night, and can’t walk straight.  What drug have you abused? Alcohol.  Did you get it right?  If so, you’ve probably been through D.A.R.E. yourself.  You have yellow teeth, smelly breath, there are more than 200 harmful chemicals in it, and more that 400,000 Americans die from it each year.  What drug have you abused this time?  Tobacco.  If you got that one right too, I’m seriously impressed! Bravo!  If you didn’t, that’s OK because I didn’t either before D.A.R.E.  I’m smarter about drugs and drug abuse.  So I pledge not to use drugs and pledge not to be a bully!

 

“The thing I like most about D.A.R.E. is when we did the sobriety test.  I felt like I was going to fall over, and I almost did!  I think it was the most fun because we actually got to try out how it would feel to be intoxicated and what we have been learning about for the past few months.  The experience of wearing the goggles helped me understand that drugs and alcohol do affect you. I also loved the challenge of having Daren the Lion around. I am kind of sad I didn’t get to see anyone dance though.

 

“The D.A.R.E. program is more than just about saying no to drugs and alcohol. Using the steps of Define, Assess, Respond and Evaluate will help me in all areas of my life. I can use the steps to be a better student and better friend especially when it comes to bullying. I will not be a bystander. I will get help or tell and adult. Also, I can respond to situations in many different ways including saying no. I am kind of funny so using humor might be a good go-to response for me.

 

“D.A.R.E. taught me many things, but most importantly it helped me realize that I never want to disappoint my mom, dad or myself by making poor choices relating to drugs, alcohol or bullying. I love them too much and wouldn’t want to bring pain to their lives. My friends are important to me too! That is why I surround myself with people that share that same interests as me and would respect my choice to say no to drugs and alcohol. Having gone through D.A.R.E. I am equipped with the knowledge I need and confidence in knowing that my choice not to use drugs and alcohol is the right one for me.”

 

06 04       CAPT. MARK MEDDAUGH RETIREMENT

  Police Capt. Mark Meddaugh will be retiring from the department on June 13 after a long career with the department.  Meddaugh began his career with the Watertown Police Department on July 31, 1986.  He was promoted to the rank of sergeant on Feb. 24, 1991, and captain on Oct. 15, 2000.  He is a graduate of the 196th Session of the FBI National Academy held in Quantico, Va. During his career, Meddaugh received 15 formal letters of commendation and the department fitness award for passing the physical test for five consecutive years.  Meddaugh worked every uniform patrol watch along with an extensive assignment in the Investigations Bureau. He was also one of the department’s early D.A.R.E. officers.  In 2011 he received the President’s Award from the Jefferson County Chief’s and Sheriff Association for his work combating domestic violence in Watertown.  Meddaugh started an annual 5K run in 2009 titled “Run from the Cops” designed to bring attention to the complexities of domestic violence and to raise much needed funding for domestic violence advocates in Jefferson County, according to the release.   WDT

 

07 08       LIGHTS N SIRENS ANNUAL EVENT

  Image Portfolio 

 

07 25       OFFICER PEDRO GALLEGOS

     The Watertown Police Department added a new police officer to its ranks at a recent swearing in ceremony.  Upon completing his initial orientation period, Pedro Gallegos, 22, of Watertown, will enter the department’s Field Training Program where he will work under the guidance of a Field Training Officer for 14-weeks. During this time, he will work each of the department’s shifts and spend introductory time in the Investigations Bureau and Communications Center. Gallegos graduated from Waukesha County Technical College in May 2013 with an associate’s degree in criminal justice. In December 2013, Officer Gallegos graduated from the Basic Police Recruit Academy also held at WCTC.

 

In 2010, Gallegos served as the Watertown Police Department’s first Police Explorer post president and in that capacity organized all meetings, training sessions, and community events. The Watertown Explorer Post won awards in statewide competitions from 2011-2013 in a variety of categories. Gallegos was also the recipient of the Jefferson County Chief’s and Sheriff Youth of the Year Award in 2012. Prior to being hired by the Watertown Police Department Officer Gallegos was employed as a part-time police officer in the city of Jefferson and as an Auxiliary Officer with the Watertown Police Department.

 

09 06       OFFICER JERRY JUNG

     The Watertown Police Department added a new police officer to its ranks at a swearing in ceremony.  Upon completing his initial orientation period, Jerry Jung, 22, of Caledonia, will enter the department’s Field Training Program where he will work under the guidance of a field training officer for 14 weeks. During this time, he will work each of the department’s shifts and spend introductory time in the Investigations Bureau and Communications Center.  Jung graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May with a bachelor’s degree in legal studies. On Aug. 29 Jung graduated from the Basic Police Recruit Academy held at Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Training Academy in Franklin.  Completed internships with both the Madison Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service in Milwaukee where he was praised by his mentors.

 

10 14       CAPT. RANDALL JOHNSON PROMOTED TO BUREAU ADMINISTRATOR

  

The Watertown Police and Fire Commission approved the promotion of Sgt. Randall Johnson to the rank of captain.  Johnson will be assigned to administer the department’s Support Services Bureau, which includes the investigations division, crime prevention and department training responsibilities.

 

Johnson began his career with the Watertown Police Department on Feb. 3, 1997. He is a graduate of Middleton High School, and he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in criminal justice and psychology in 1995.  While serving as a police officer in the Uniform Services Division, Johnson was a field training officer and a bike officer. Johnson also served two separate two year assignments in the Jefferson County Drug Task Force.  On June 28, 2005, Johnson was promoted to the rank of sergeant, serving on each of the three department watches. Currently, Johnson is serving as the sergeant in the Investigative Division. He has received numerous commendations for his work over the years.

 

2015

01 08       ERIN FENDT PROMOTED TO SUPERVISOR

Police Chief Tim Roets recently announced the promotion of a veteran Watertown police/fire telecommunicator to a new role as communications supervisor.  Erin Fendt began her telecommunicator career with the Watertown Police Department on Oct. 11, 2000.  Fendt attended the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha studying criminal justice prior to joining the department.  During her tenure with the department, Fendt has served as a training officer charged with training new telecommunicators.  She is the recipient of two letters of commendation. 

 

01 30       OFFICER LUKE HENSLEY

  

Hensley participated in the Army ROTC program while at UW-Stevens Point and is currently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Wisconsin Army National Guard.  In November 2014, Hensley graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy at North Central Technical College in Wausau.  He was honored in his academy class as the top academic student.  Hensley, 23, is from Stevens Point. He graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He was the recipient of the Dean’s Distinguished Achievement Award for his accomplishments at the university.

 

01 30       OFFICER MATTHEW LOCHOWITZ

Lochowitz, 23, is from Oconomowoc.  He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.  In August 2014, Lochowitz graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore.  He was honored in his academy class as the top academic student.

 

Each of the applicants received an extensive background investigation before being selected to fill the vacant positions. The new recruits are currently in the department’s field training program where they work under the guidance of a field training officer for 14 weeks. During this time, the recruits will work each of the department’s shifts and spend introductory time in the Investigations Bureau and Communications Center.

 

03 25       PATRIOT AWARD RECEIVED

Retired Brig. Gen. Kerry G. Denson presented the Patriot Award to Watertown Police Chief Tim Roets in recognition of the department’s support of Jill Petig, a dispatcher and first sergeant with the Air National Guard.  Petig, a master sergeant for a force support squadron, nominated Roets for the award, saying the Watertown Police Department has been incredibly supportive of her military career.  She enlisted in 1994 and has been part of the military ever since, spending two years and three months in inactive ready reserve. She was active for four months during the Global War on Terror from September of 2009 to February of 2010. She then made a commitment in December 2010 to become a first sergeant.   WDTimes article  

 

04 10       KATELYNN ORESHACK HIRE

Finance Committee, March 31, 2015. 1. Approve Dispatcher hiring/Police Department. Motion was made and seconded to approve the hiring of Katelynn Oreshack as a full-time dispatcher with the Police Department. Motion passed unanimously.

 

04 10       SECOND SEMESTER D.A.R.E. AWARDS

  

The 2014-15 second semester D.A.R.E. culmination was a success with approximately 150 students and family members attending.  The graduation took place Friday at the Watertown High School auditorium and involved Douglas Elementary, St. Henry Catholic, and Schurz Elementary.  Speakers at the graduation included Police Chief Timothy Roets, Principle Andy Bare and Mayor John David, along with a magic show from Glen Gerard.  The second semester D.A.R.E. report winner was Matthew Marchant. Marchant of Douglas Elementary School.

 

04 24       EQUIPMENT MOVED FROM OLD SQUAD CARS TO NEW

The committee approved awarding a contract 10-33 Vehicle Services of Sullivan to move the equipment from the police department’s old squad cars and install them into the new squad cars for $1,667.50 per car.  10-33 Vehicle Services of Sullivan is also an electronic dealer for the Whelen Engineering Company.  The police department uses Whelen products, including sirens and lights, on its squad cars.  10-33 Vehicle Services would be able to take care of any warranty issues.

 

05 19       KRAHN AWARD TO JOHN SCHLOEMER

Police Chief Tim Roets presented the Krahn Award to John Schloemer.  John was nominated by Cindi Braasch.  John currently is a pharmacist at the hospital.  He has been a Scout Master for many years and has also been instrumental in the Drop Box for prescription drugs located in the Police Department.  He was involved in the development of Chamberland in 1996 and now, the revitalization of that project.  He is also active with the Aquatic Team and it was pointed out that he was the individual who wrote the grant for the elevator at City Hall.

 

05 27       BLUE AND WHITE SUNDAY

On Sunday, May 17, Calvary Baptist Church held its annual Blue and White Sunday.  This Sunday is set aside each year to honor those men and women who serve in law enforcement.  The Rev. Dr. Bob Loggans welcomed 50 law enforcement guests as well as the other 500 people in attendance.  The guest speaker for the 9 a.m. service was Chaplain Darryl Sturgill of the Watertown Police Department.  Special recognition was given to Crime Prevention/ D.A.R.E Officer Stacy Schroeder for her 13 years of dedicated service.  Schroeder was given a plaque and a Bible.  Police Chief Timothy Roets wholeheartedly recommended Schroeder and praised her for allowing “members of the public to see the individual behind the uniform and badge.”

 

06 02       ANNUAL AUCTION DISCONTINUED

The Watertown Police Department will no longer be holding a city auction, as it has done in years past, for found and unclaimed property held in the possession of the city.  All found and unclaimed property is now being auctioned off through the website wisconsinsurplus.com. 

 

06 16       UNINTERRUPTED POWER SUPPLY (UPS)

Review& approve Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) purchase for the Communications Center.  Police Chief Roets was present to explain that with the installation of the new radio system is drawing a large amount of current from the UPS System that is currently in place down in the Communications Center in the basement.  As the radio system is used, it takes up more capacity in the UPS System, which provides uninterrupted service in case of a power outage for the Radio System, the Communications Center at City Hall.  It provides the uninterrupted service until the generators can kick in.  The system that we have is a bit too small.  It is normally operating at 71% of capacity, but as the radios are used, it has gone up to 100% of capacity.  Our current UPS machinery is from Central Power Sources of Amherst, WI.  Chief Roets is recommending that we go with the same company.  They give us excellent service and then the additional UPS System would work seamlessly with the current system that we have in the Communications Center at the present time.  The money to pay for this would come from the Police Salary Account.  He has had savings there, as he still has one position that is not filled.  The money would come from Account# 01- 52- 11- 10. This is something that needs to be done to assure that the radio system continues to operate seamlessly.  Motion was made by Alderperson Larsen, seconded by Alderperson McFarland to approve this expenditure and take the money from the Salary Account# 01- 52- 11- 10.  Motion passed unanimously.  A resolution will be presented.    Council Proceedings

 

07 27       $6,400 GRANT FOR RIVERFEST BUS TRANSPORTATION

The Watertown Police Department has been awarded a Wisconsin Department of Transportation grant of $6,400 to provide buses to transport people attending the 2015 Riverfest celebration.  On average 450 to 500 barrels of beer are sold during the festival.  Impaired drivers leaving the event instead of using a bus are not only a threat to other motorists but also to the thousands of pedestrians in the area of Riverside Park who are going to or on their way home from the event.   WDT

 

09 01       POLICE OFFICERS RECOGNIZED

  

The Watertown Police Department recognizes department police officers for five and 10 consecutive years of successfully completing the department's physical fitness qualifications.  Recently, 15 police officers were recognized for the accomplishment.  The officers are required to perform annually the same entry level physical fitness test which prospective police applicants complete.  During the 2015 testing held in June, a total of 31 of the 38 police officers at the Watertown Police Department successfully passed the test.

 

Police officers receiving consecutive year awards receive a ribbon which is worn on their uniform.  Receiving 10-year ribbons were Detective Mike Beisbier, Sgt. Dave Brower, Detective Jonathan Caucutt, Sgt. Tim Engel, Officer Karl Johnson, Capt. Randy Johnson, Capt. Robert Kaminski, Officer Christopher Karnatz, Capt. Curtis Kleppin, Officer Jeff Meloy, Officer Tim Wacker and Roets.  Receiving five-year ribbons were Officer Ryan Abbott, Officer Laura Bohlman and Officer Jonathan Wehner.   WDT

 

09 03       FIRST CHARITY SOFTBALL GAME:  FIRE DEPT vs. POLICE DEPT

The Watertown Fire Department will be going head-to-head with the Watertown Police Department in their first softball game Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Riverside Park.  The game, to be played annually, will act as a fundraiser for the Watertown Family Center.  The public is welcome to attend and is encouraged to bring donations for the Watertown Family Center. Donations can include: wipes, snacks, juice, markers, crayons, paper, cleaning supplies, glue sticks, construction paper, popsicle sticks and money. Donations of diapers will not be accepted.

 

09 11       D.A.R.E. AT LEBANON LUTHERAN SCHOOL

Department’s program has begun at Lebanon Lutheran School.

 

09 14       OFFICER TERRY ADAMS

  

The new recruit is Terry J. Adams.  Upon completing his initial orientation period, Adams will enter the department’s field training program where he will work under the guidance of a field training officer for 14 weeks. During this time, he will work each of the department’s shifts and spend introductory time in the Investigations Bureau and Communications Center.  Adams, age 23, is from Cobb. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in May with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.   On Aug. 27, Adams graduated from the Basic Police Recruit Academy held at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore.

 

10 14       ESGR's (EMPLOYEE SUPPORT OF THE GUARD AND RESERVE) AWARD

  

Chief Roets was nominated and recognized by Officer Roehl for his support of Watertown police officers that are serving in the Guard or Reserves.   The first in ESGR's (Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve) series of awards is the Patriot Award.  An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating Service member and his or her family.  The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

 

12 15       LOCAL STUDENTS GRADUATE OF D.A.R.E. PROGRAM

 

12 17       BALLISTIC PROTECTIVE GEAR, RIFLE LIGHTING EQUIPMENT

   2,500 Chickens Unlimited donation and $100 from Moose Lodge used toward purchase.

 

12 23       SUPPORTS PEOPLE AGAINST DOMESTIC ABUSE (PADA)

  

Department supports People Against Domestic Abuse (PADA) the Domestic Violence Victim Advocacy Agency for Jefferson County, by hosting the annual Run from the Cops 5K/10K run/walk, Kids Fun Run and Mascot Run. This year’s event had more than 600 participants, and with the help of sponsors the Watertown Police Department was able to donate more than $13,100 to PADA.

 

12 31       2015-ANNUAL-REPORT

 

2016

02 02       POLICE ENCRYPT RADIO COMMUNICATIONS

The Watertown Police Department has decided to encrypt its radio communications sooner than previously expected due to an increased use of smartphones that are capable of monitoring police frequencies.  The current radio network for the city, installed in 2015, has always had the encryption option and the department originally planned to gradually introduce it. 

 

02 02       TELECOMMUNICATOR POSITION / PURCHASE OF USED VEHICLES

(same date) 3. Consider applicant recommendation for Telecommunicator position — Motion was made and seconded to recommend the hiring of Amanda J. Kostroski as a part-time dispatcher for the Police Department.  This motion passed unanimously. 4. Approve purchase of used vehicles — Police Chief Roets presented quotes from Countryside Auto Group for three (3) 2015 Chevy Impala vehicles at a cost of $15,000.00 per vehicle.  Motion was made and seconded to approve the purchase of the three (3) vehicles for $45,000.00 and to use the remaining $5,000.00 in the budget for the change outs of the cars.  This motion passed unanimously.    Council proceedings

 

02 09       PERSONNEL CHANGES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT

                                ENCRYPTING RADIO FREQUENCIES

The Watertown Police and Fire Commission discussed personnel changes within the police department.  The department recently filled the position of full-time administrative assistant after the resignation of Karen Miller.  Former part-time investigation secretary for the department Kathy Ellis will take her place while still assuming some of the duties of her old position.  The department is also in the process of hiring a full-time dispatcher.

 

Police Capt. Robert Kaminski informed the commission of the response the department has received after encrypting their radio frequencies last month.

 

03 15       THANK YOU CARDS DONATED

Council Proceedings of 03 15 2016:  Citizen Donation to Police Department.  Again, Chief Roets was present to explain that the Department received some Thank You cards from a group of very civic minded citizens, who make cards of all types.  They made up a bunch of Thank You cards for all the employees in the Police Department to thank them for the work that they do for the citizens of our City.  Each Thank You card contained a gift certificate for $10.00.  That has created a problem as the officers and city employees, in general, cannot accept gifts like that.  The Chief talked to the woman who was the spokesperson for this group of civic minded citizens and explained to her that it really was not appropriate to give everyone a gift certificate.  The group agreed to let the Chief use the money to purchase a microwave for the Police Department.  A total of $540.00 was donated to the Police Department.  That money would be used to purchase the new microwave with some money left over to go into the Police Department Donations Account to be used for things such as bottled water, to be given out to employees during the hot summer months.  Motion was made to approve the donation of the microwave and to also thank the group of citizens who made this donation to the Police Department. This motion was made by Alderperson Smith, seconded by Alderperson McFarland and passed unanimously.

 

03 14       SAFE EXCHANGE SITE, VIDEO CAMERAS AND CTOs PAY

The creation of safe exchange sites at the municipal building to facilitate online transactions through websites such as Craigslist was unanimously approved by the council. Dealings through the Internet often involve strangers, and the exchange sites aim to provide residents a safe, monitored place to buy and sell items. The lobby of the police station will serve as one of the sites as will the parking lot directly in front of the municipal building. Signs designating the sites will soon be placed in both locations.

 

Police Chief Tim Roets said there is already an adequate camera in the police station lobby but additional cameras are required in the foyer of the municipal building as well as its exterior entrance facing the parking lot.  In addition, the department will be purchasing another monitor for its communications center to accommodate additional camera feeds.  In all, the equipment will cost $3,409 and will be funded through the sale of three used vehicles that the department will sell on Wisconsin Surplus, an online auction site.  The excess funds from the sale of the vehicles will be returned the city’s general funds.  The cameras will be purchased and installed by Digicorp.

 

An increase in pay for police department communications training officers (CTOs) from $1.50 to $2 per hour. CTOs receive the compensation when they are performing training duties. The increase will amount to $404 for the 808 training hours expected by the department in 2016.

 

06 07       BACK-UP RADIO REPEATER  /  2016 KRAHN AWARD

Council Proceedings:  Voted unanimously to increase the dispatch capital projects account by $21,000 to pay for the installation of a backup radio repeater for the city’s radio network.  The department already has two repeaters available, but the entire network is located in the basement of the municipal building.  An off-site repeater would act as a safeguard in the event of an antenna or network failure.  Police Chief Tim Roets previously said a backup would allow all city departments to maintain radio communications in the event of a such a failure as opposed to the current onsite backup which only allows for police communications.  The repeater along with other related equipment is planned to be installed on the water tower on Western Avenue, providing a wider area of coverage than the alternative, West Street water tower.

 

Police Chief Roets presented the 2016 Alfred and Helen Krahn Citizenship Award to Steven Pierce.  He was nominated by Tom Merfeld.  Steven serves on a voluntary basis helping drug addicts.  They work out of a property located at 110 S. Second Street.  There are no paid staff and work is done by volunteers.  Steven thanked the Council for the award and the $1,000.00 which he stated will go to pay for future rent.

 

08 03       WILEAG REACCREDITATION

During the Common Council meeting Watertown Police Chief Tim Roets was presented a plaque from Chief Robert Rosch of the Hartland Police Department recognizing the WPD's recent reaccreditation from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group.  WILEAG develops and standardizes law enforcement standards that aim to promote excellence in policing.  Only 28 of Wisconsin's 550 law enforcement agencies have full accreditation.

 

08 12       OFFICER SCHROEDER 2016 D.A.R.E. OFFICER OF THE YEAR

The Wisconsin D.A.R.E. Officers Association have selected Watertown police Officer Stacy Schroeder as the 2016 D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year from a group of nominations from around the state.  Schroeder was selected by her peers and recognized at the association’s annual conference at the Oshkosh Convention Center. Schroeder is a 14-year veteran of the Watertown Police Department and has taught D.A.R.E. for the last six years.

 

In his nomination letter, Watertown police Capt. Randy Johnson said that Schroeder never fails to go the extra mile and makes a difference in the lives of children of all ages.  “The cornerstone of all of our community programs administered by the Watertown Police Department is the D.A.R.E. program where Stacy connects with around 300 children each year,” Johnson wrote. “The foundation of trust which Stacy lays with the D.A.R.E. program is what leads to future teamwork and problem-solving initiatives with the D.A.R.E. graduates as they grow and mature.”

 

The D.A.R.E. Officers Association is a statewide association which has been in existence since 1989.  Schroeder is the first Watertown D.A.R.E. officer to be selected for this distinguished honor.

 

08 18       BENJAMIN MILLER, NEW RECRUIT

Upon completing his initial orientation period, Miller entered the 720-hour Basic Recruit Academy at Madison Area Technical College where he is expected to graduate in mid-December of 2016.  Miller will then enter the department’s Field Training Program, where he will work under the guidance of a field training officer for 14 weeks.  During this time, he will work each of the department’s shifts and spend introductory time in the Investigations Bureau and Communications Center.  Miller, 25, graduated from the Madison Area Technical College in May of 2016 with an associate’s degree in criminal justice.  He served active duty in the United States Army from 2009 to 2014 earning the rank of E-5/sergeant and completing tours of duty in Afghanistan and Kuwait.  He is currently serving in the Army National Guard based out of Fond du Lac.

 

09 10       BATTLE OF THE BADGES

     FIRE DEPT vs POLICE DEPT, Charity Softball Classic

         

Team photo of members of the Watertown Fire Department and the Watertown Police Department after the Battle of the Badges fundraiser softball game.  Both of Watertown's public safety branches duked it out on the diamond for the Battle of the Badges, a charity softball event.  Battle of the Badges pitted the Watertown Fire Department against the Watertown Police Department in a friendly competition at Washington Park to raise funds for new playground equipment at Douglas Elementary School.

 

09 27       PLAN TO HIRE ADDITIONAL OFFICER

The executive budget presented to finance committee included plan to hire an additional police officer, something that many committee members held as a high priority during the preliminary budget meeting last month.  During the same meeting, Police Chief Tim Roets said his lack of manpower was becoming an officer safety issue.  Roets said the department was cut from 39 to 38 officers in 2008 and has operated with that number ever since.  He added that because four of his officers have frequent military obligations, he is forced to backfill his shifts with minimal staffing through mandatory overtime.

 

10 22       MASS CASUALTY TRAINING EXERCISE

         Video clip     

Mutual aid from numerous area departments.  Selected segments from video given Fire Department

 

12 16       DAWN LEARNED

Support Person of the Year Award  

 

2017

01 18       SOFT INTERVIEW ROOM REDECORATED

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01 20       JEFFERSON COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS

Dawn Learned, Support Person of the Year Award.

Watertown police officer Jeff Meloy received the Crisis Intervention Team award.

Leigh-Anne Hauser receives the President’s award.

Paul and Lou Ann Esselman received the Citizen of the Year award.

Juan Roa accepted the Community Excellence award on behalf of Johnsonville Sausage.

 

01 20       EVAN BRESSER

The Watertown Police Department added a new police officer to its ranks; the new recruit is Evan Bresser.  Upon completing his initial orientation period, Bresser will enter the department’s field training program where he will work under the guidance of a field training officer for 14 weeks.  During this time, he will work each of the department’s shifts and spend introductory time in the investigations bureau and communications center.

 

Bresser is a Waupun native and graduated with honors from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and communications.  Bresser also is a graduate of the Basic Police Recruit Academy held at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville.  He graduated from the academy on Dec. 15, 2016.  He is currently certified as a police officer in the state of Wisconsin.

 

02 15       PURCHASE OF TWO SQUAD CARS

Res. Exh. #8425, to authorize the purchase of two squad cars from Ewald Automotive Group of Oconomowoc in the amount of $56,500.00, to be charged to Capital Projects Acct. #05-52-11-70 was presented. . . . Alderperson Berg moved to amend this resolution to require the purchase from Grinwald Ford Mercury at a cost of $57,018.28, seconded by Alderperson Larsen.  Alderperson Berg pointed out that the Local Preference Policy had a sunset clause which removed it from effect in the fall of last year, but had this policy still been in place, local preference would have been given to Grinwald Ford.  Considerable discussion took place regarding the way this was bid, without any notification to the vendors that a Local Tax Payer Preference Policy formula would be used when considering the quotes.  Following this discussion, the motion to amend this resolution to require the purchase from local vendor Grinwald Ford Mercury, carried.  [City Council meeting of 02 07]

 

03 01       PURCHASE OF TWO SQUAD CARS

Review & approve L3 Mobile- Vision Digital Squad Car Camera.  The Police Department applied for a grant and has been awarded $4,000.00.  The department would like to purchase an L3 Mobile-Vision Digital Squad Car Camera at a cost of $5,392.60.  This passed unanimously

 

03 29       2016 POLICE REPORT SHOWS A DECREASE IN SERIOUS CRIME

Online WDTimes article  

 

03 29       ENGEL RETIRES AFTER 27 YEARS

After a long and rewarding career with the department Sgt. Timothy Engel will be retiring from the Watertown Police Department on April 30.

 

Engel began his career with the Watertown Police Department on April 9, 1990, after serving four years in the United States Marine Corp.  He quickly distinguished himself as a skilled police officer and in 1994 was selected to serve as a Field Training Officer (FTO) and immediately began formally training new police recruits.

 

In 1998, Engel is credited with starting the department’s first police K-9 program.  He and his German Shepherd partner Bakko served together from 1998 to 2003 at which point Bakko was retired because of his age.

 

On April 10, 2001, Engel was promoted to the rank of sergeant.  During his tenure as sergeant, he has served as a supervisor on each of the three patrol watch’s and an extended tour as the sergeant of detectives.  During a four-year stint in the Investigation Division, he successfully led investigations in several major cases which resulted in criminal convictions.  Engel will end his career as the day shift supervisor leading a team of eight police officers.

 

During the course of Engel’s career he has been recognized for outstanding police work on several occasions. Some of these distinctions include:  A 1992 Life Saving Award from the Watertown Police Department, 1993 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year from Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Association, 2010 Ten-Year Physical Fitness Award from the Watertown Police Department, Fourteen Letters of Commendation from Watertown Police Department the 2015 Pitterle-Beaudoin American Legion Post #189 Police Officer of the Year award.

 

Police Chief Tim Roets said Engel set the standard for police officers on his shift through personal example.  “Sgt. Engel was a community policing officer before the title became a buzz word in law enforcement circles. He is a trusted member of the Watertown community and has served as an exemplary representative of the Watertown Police Department. He has been both a mentor and supervisor to many new recruits joining the department,” Roets said. “Sgt. Engel possesses innate leadership qualities which were both refined and enhanced during his military service. I am truly grateful to have had his leadership within our department for the last 27 years. He will be missed by all of us and we wish Tim and his family the very best in the future.”

 

04 10       TIETZ GIVEN KRAHN AWARD

Watertown Alderman Augie Tietz was selected as this year's recipient of the annual Krahn Award for his deep-seated dedication to public service.  In addition to his aldermanic post, Tietz serves as chairman for both the Jefferson County Park Board and the City of Watertown Park, Recreation and Forestry Commission.   Tietz has been instrumental in getting the initial segment of the Interurban Trail, which runs from Humblolt Street to River Road, developed and opened in Watertown.  The trail, now in the second of three phases, ultimately seeks to connect Watertown to Oconomowoc, and in turn the Milwaukee lakefront.  Tietz has also worked diligently to support parks within the community.

 

04 25       REPAIR OF TWO FLOORS

Unanimously authorized the repair of two floors in the police department which have seen significant deterioration in recent years.  The work, which will replace carpet and tile with an epoxy floor, will be done by G& G Industrial Flooring for $3,010.

 

05 05       ANNUAL BLUE AND WHITE SUNDAY

Sgt. DAVID BROWER  /  POLICE BICYCLES

On Sunday, Calvary Baptist Church held its annual Blue and White Sunday, a day set aside each year to honor men and women who serve in law enforcement.  A special offering was taken on behalf of the Watertown Police Department.  The offering totaled $2,226 and will be used to help purchase police bicycles for Watertown officers.

 

Special recognition was given to Sgt. David Brower during the service.  Loggans read Brower’s nomination letter that was written by Police Chief Tim Roets, highlighting the areas that Brower has faithfully served in the police department.  Brower has been with the Watertown Police Department for 16 years.  He has served on each patrol shift, as lead detective and most recently as sergeant.  He also has and still serves as a department instructor.

 

05 12       DONATION FOR BIKES

Chickens Unlimited presented a check to the department for police bike upgrades and replacements.

 

06 12       LIGHTS ‘N SIRENS DONATION

The Watertown Police Department recently received a generous donation from Chickens Unlimited for this year’s Lights ‘n Sirens.  Chickens Unlimited has supported this event and other Watertown Police Department programs for several years.

 

07 07       POLICE/SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER

To authorize entering into a contract for the Police/School Liaison Officer between the City of Watertown and the Watertown Unified School District for the period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 was presented. Carried on a roll call vote.   Common Council Proceedings

 

07 11       LIGHTS ‘N SIRENS

      Portfolio of 50 pics

 

07 21       PURCHASE OF FURNITURE

Council Proceedings:  Review & approve Police Department budget amendment request for purchase of furniture.  After discussion, a motion was made and seconded to recommend this purchase which requires a budget amendment.  A resolution will be presented.

 

08 03       TRAFFIC CRASH MAPPING PROGRAM

Council Proceedings:  Introduction to the Police Department’s Traffic Crash Mapping Program.  The Committee agrees that this tool will be very useful.  They commended Chief Roets’ team for implementing this tool for use by the City to aid with Public Safety Enhancements.

 

08 15       OFFICERS JERRY JUNG AND IAN KEATS

  

Mayor David joined Chief Roets in honoring two Watertown police officers with life-saving awards.  Officers Jerry Jung and Ian Keats received the awards after applying a tourniquet onto a young woman who had attempted to commit suicide by slitting her wrist.  Because of their actions the woman was able to be transported to the hospital where she received emergency surgery.

 

10 03       ITEMS IN MAYOR DAVID'S CAPITAL BUDGET

Public safety also remains a high priority in Mayor David's capital budget.  He allotted about $150,000 for three new police cars along with radar units, cameras and laptops that they will be equipped with.  Notable general budget items for the police department include the $15,000 replacement of 42 handguns and 10 shotguns, both of which are past their service life.  The department is also funded for a $10,000 fingerprint machine.   Watertown finance committee

 

10 23       OFFICER JOEL HAAR

  

The Watertown Police Department added a new police officer to its ranks on Friday.  Officer Joel Haar was sworn in at a department ceremony which included his family and city officials.

 

After completing his initial orientation period, Haar has now entered the department’s field training program where he will work under the guidance of a field training officer for 14 weeks.  During this time, he will work each of the department’s shifts and spend introductory time in the investigations bureau and communications center.

 

Haar graduated from Martin Luther College in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry.  He served in the United States Navy from 2000 to 2006 and was deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the global war on terrorism.  He was honorably discharged at the rank of petty officer 2nd class.  Officer Haar is a 10-year veteran of the Green Bay Police Department, serving from 2007 to 2017 prior to accepting the position with the Watertown Police Department.

 

10 27       OFFICER ADAM ALTREUTER

  

Officer Adam Altreuter was sworn in at a department ceremony which included his family and city officials.  Upon completing his initial orientation period, Altreuter has now entered the department’s Field Training Program where he will work under the guidance of a field training officer for 14 weeks.  During this time, he will work each of the department’s shifts and spend introductory time in the investigations bureau and communications center.

 

Altreuter is a native of Oconomowoc and graduated from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.  He also recently graduated from the 720-hour Law Enforcement Academy at Fox Valley Technical College on Oct. 6.  He served as a community service officer with the UW-Oshkosh police during his undergraduate studies.  His father, Dennis, is currently a police officer with the city of Brookfield and he has relatives that have served in law enforcement throughout Jefferson County.

 

2018

01 08       PROCEEDS FROM CPAA FISH FRY FUNDRAISER

Proceeds from the Watertown Citizen Police Academy Alumni (CPAA) fifth annual fish fry fundraiser held at Turner Hall in April were used to purchase and install a bubbler and water bottle filler station in the police department.

 

01 18       OFFICER MIKE ROEHL RECOGNIZED

Dozens of law enforcement members from across the area gathered in Turner Hall Wednesday night for an awards banquet that sought to recognize individuals and organizations that provide exemplary service to the communities they serve.

 

Among those commended by the Jefferson County Chiefs and Sheriffs Association was Watertown police officer Mike Roehl who took home the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award for his composed and effective actions during an incident that occurred in Watertown in August 2017.  The presenter of the award, Watertown police Chief Tim Roets said the incident involved a mentally ill man wielding two butcher knives who was threatening to harm himself and police officers.  Making matters even more tense, the man’s girlfriend and her two children were in the same upper apartment at the top of a narrow stairwell.  Roehl’s calm demeanor and effective communication skills allowed the situation to be resolved peacefully, with the man eventually dropping his weapons and surrendering.

 

01 22       COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

Review and approve Residency Requirement.  Deadline Extension for Police Department employee. Chief Roets explained the need for the employee to remain living in

Waupun.  The Chief requested a 12-month extension for the residency requirement. Motion was made, seconded and passed unanimously to approve a 12-month extension for the employee to reside outside of the 25-mile limit.

 

Property Custodian/Police Dept.  Review and approve position description change and salary adjustment for Property Custodian/Police Dept.  Chief Roets explained he is seeking a pay increase for the Property Custodian as the position has changed significantly since it first started.  The Chief indicated the 2018 Budget includes the increase from $18.91 per hour to $20.52 per hour.  Motion was made, seconded and approved unanimously to approve the change in pay.

 

Fingerprinting LiveScan Machine.  Review and approve purchase of Fingerprinting LiveScan Machine for Police Department. Chief Roets explained the current system is 12 years old and needs replacement and the item is included in the 2018 Budget. Motion was made, seconded and passed unanimously to approve the purchase.  Exhibit #8576, to authorize purchase of Live Scan Guardian 10-Print electronic fingerprint submission machine for $9,998.00 to be charged to Police Capital Outlay Account #01-52-11-60 was presented.  Approved

 

01 23       NEW GLOCK HANDGUNS

Watertown Finance Committee authorized the purchase of 42 new Glock handguns for the police department.  Accounting for guns traded in, the budgeted purchase will amount to $5,298.  The guns being traded in are over 12 years old and have reached the end of their recommended service life.

 

01 23       COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

REVIEW AND APPROVE BIDS FOR PURCHASE OF POLICE FIREARMS

Chief Roets explained the current handguns are 12 ½ years old and in need of replacement.  He is recommending the low bid from Ray O’Herron, Co., of Downers Grove, Il in the amount of $5,298.  Motion was made, seconded and passed unanimously to approve this purchase.

 

SERVER ROOM A/C

Review and approve bids for replacement of Air Conditioning System for Communications Center Server Room.  Chief Roets explained the air conditioning system has gone out and these servers need to be kept cool.  He is recommending we accept the bid of Klecker Heating and Air Conditioning for $4,681. Motion was made, seconded and passed unanimously to approve accepting this bid.

 

COMMUNICATIONS CENTER COMPUTER

Review and select bid for Communications Center Computer Replacement. Chief Roets presented bids from three companies for computers in the Communications Center. The low bid was DigiCorp at $3,342. Motion was made, seconded and passed unanimously to approve this purchase.

 

03 14       LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF THE YEAR

  

Officer Stacy Schroeder was honored by American Legion Post No. 189 as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year at a birthday banquet held celebrating the 99th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion.

 

03 20       POLICE INVESTIGATIONS SECRETARY

Common Council Proceedings - Review and approve hiring part-time Police Investigations Secretary.  Police Chief Roets explained that after a competitive selection process he recommends Kirstie Ewing to fill the position.  Motion made, seconded and passed to authorize this hiring as recommended.

 

03 30       CPAA TO HOLD ANNUAL FUNDRAISER, FISH FRY

The Watertown Citizen Police Academy Alumni (CPAA) has received $7,000 in donations from local and surrounding businesses in support of its sixth annual fundraiser and fish fry, scheduled for Friday, April 6, at Turner Hall from 5-8:30 p.m.  This year, proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards some less-than-lethal options for the officers, hearing protection/ equipment for the range and entry teams and an audio recording system for the main lobby.

 

04 06       D.A.R.E. DONATION, J & L Tire

A $300 check was presented to the department for D.A.R.E. program on behalf of J & L Tire.  The D.A.R.E. program is primarily funded with donations from the community so it can remain cost free to the schools and students.  J & L Tire’s contributions have assisted in purchasing workbooks for students which are essential to the program’s goal of preventing substance abuse and dangerous behavior among children.

 

04 12       PURCHASE OF TRAUMA BAGS

Review and approve purchase of trauma bags – Police Department.  Chief Roets explained the need for this equipment in the case of a multiple trauma incident where we may not be able to get paramedics on scene right away.  The bags would be purchased with funds remaining from the hand gun purchase.  Motion was made, seconded and passed to approve spending up to $2,000 for 12 trauma bags.

 

04 17       ALFRED & HELEN KRAHN CITIZENSHIP AWARD

Council Proceedings:  Police Chief Tim Roets presented the Alfred & Helen Krahn Citizenship Award to Truancy Officer Steve Leistico, nominated by School Resource Officer Jeff Meloy for his outstanding service to families and youth in the community and Steve Hepp, local business owner and Marine Corps veteran, nominated by his spouse for his countless fundraising efforts and volunteerism to many community organizations.  This is the first time there were co-recipients of the award.

 

04 26       SGT. BEN OLSEN RECOGNITION / FUNDS FOR K-9 SQUAD CAR CAGES

Calvary Baptist Church held its annual Blue and White Sunday, a day set aside each year to honor men and women who serve in law enforcement.

 

A special offering was taken on behalf of the Watertown Police Department.  The offering totaled $2,611 and will be used to help purchase K-9 squad car cages to help those like Officer Tony Namio and his K-9 partner, Oczi.  Special recognition was given to Sgt. Ben Olsen during the service.  Olsen’s nomination letter, written by Chief Tim Roets, highlighted the areas Olsen has served in the Watertown Police Department.  Olsen has served at the Watertown Police Department for over 11 years. He has served on each patrol shift and as detective. Olsen was promoted to sergeant in 2014 and serves as the supervisor for the city’s late shift. He also serves as a department instructor for defense and arrest tactics.

 

05 01       FIREFIGHTER & LAW OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

  

Recognitions at 2nd District American Legion Spring Conference in West Bend.  Watertown Fire Chief Kraig Biefeld received the Firefighter of the Year award and Watertown Police Officer Stacy Schroeder received the Law Officer of the Year award.

 

05 01       COMMUNICATIONS CENTER UPS & BATTERY SYSTEM SUPPORT

Council Proceedings:  Communications Center UPS & Battery System Support.  Police Chief Roets explained the current vendor is no longer in business so they are seeking permission to enter an agreement with a new vendor for $1,562 over the budgeted amount.  Motion carried to authorize new vendor at a higher cost.

 

05 08       WATERTOWN POLICE SEEK NEW K-9

The Department plans to purchase the new K-9 from Jessiffany Canine Services, LLC Iron Ridge, WI.  The initial cost of the dual purpose dog will be $10,000.  Dual purpose dogs are certified in narcotic detection, handler protection, tracking and article searches.   Press release  

 

05 10       JEFF MELOY, School Liaison Officer

Attempt is to determine how such an additional liaison officer position might be funded and created.

 

Meloy said, although he loves his work in the schools (Watertown High School and middle school), he is being stretched to the breaking point professionally as he tries to handle all the needs of students, which are increasing rapidly. He said he is having to neglect necessary paperwork in order to handle his hands-on duties at the high school and sometimes at the middle school.  Chief Roets is optimistic the board of education will ratify the proposal for an additional SRO.  If it does so, a new officer could be working in the middle school as early as January of 2019.    WDTimes article  

 

05 14       CHIEF ROETS TO RETIRE

Police Chief Timothy Roets to retire in mid-September after a 36-year career in law enforcement, virtually all of which has been with the local department.

After a brief stint as a part-time officer with the Hartford department, Roets joining the Watertown Department in August of 1982.  He served until 1991 as a uniform police officer, juvenile officer and detective for three years.  He was promoted to sergeant and served as a uniform patrol sergeant and detective sergeant until being promoted to lieutenant in January of 1991.  At that point he served as late shift watch commander and later transferred to the investigations division where he served as commander.

 

In June of 1996 he was promoted to the position of captain where he led the patrol division with its 24 officers.  He held that position until May of 1999 when he was named deputy chief of the department.  In that position he was responsible for organizing and supervising all phases and operations of the department, and then in September of 2008 the commission selected him to succeed Chief Charles McGee who had served in that position for 15 years.

 

Roets holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice and sociology from Carthage College in Kenosha and has continued his professional education at the National FBI Academy, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations, Wisconsin Emergency Management, Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association and International Chiefs of Police Association.

 

He has also received many honors during his career.  They include Outstanding Young Law Enforcement Officer, Carthage College Athletic Hall of Fame, local police department lifesaving award, Jefferson County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, YMCA Key Leader Award and local department 10-year fitness award.

 

In addition to his professional police work, Roets has been deeply involved in the community. He has been active in Bread & Roses, Watertown YMCA, Watertown Health and Wellness Center, Jefferson County Delinquency Prevention Council, Watertown Family Center, Crossroads House of Watertown, Dialogue for Student Success of Watertown and Watertown Youth Sports Coach.

 

Roets and his wife, Dr. Cheryl Roets, licensed psychologist at Rogers Memorial Hospital, plan to continue living at their Watertown home. They have four children, Kelsey, who is with the FBI in Milwaukee, Lydia and Samuel who are in the United States Coast Guard and Jack in the United States Army.

 

06 06       OFFICER ROEHL PROMOTED TO SERGEANT

   

Watertown Police Officer Michael Roehl was promoted to the rank of police sergeant.  Upon promotion, Sgt. Roehl has been assigned to the evening shift or Watch II in which he will serve as the first line supervisor for seven police officers.

 

Roehl began his career with the Watertown Police Department on May 6, 2014.  He is a graduate of Craig High School in Janesville and has earned 90 college credits for a bachelor’s degree.  Roehl attended University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, UW-Blackhawk Technical College and UW-Rock County.  Roehl is currently a member of the United States Navy Active Duty/Reserves and is assigned to a Seabee unit as a construction electrician.  Roehl has served in the U.S. Navy since June 2013 and holds the rank of E-5.  He has been recognized by the U.S. Navy with a squad leader letter of commendation and Okinawa service letter of commendation.

 

While serving as a Watertown police officer, Roehl is a member of the Entry/Crowd Control Team and is a Watertown Police Explorer adviser.  He was recognized as the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2017 for successfully negotiating the surrender of an armed and barricaded emotionally disturbed citizen.

 

Roehl has served in both management and supervisory roles in the manufacturing industry prior to entering the law enforcement profession.

 

06 10       TO FILL POLICE CHIEF VACANCY

Application packet    

 

06 19       CHAPLAIN PROGRAM:  10th ANNIVERSARY

   WDTimes article    

Behind every face and situation -- and behind every uniform and badge -- lies a human being, with real thoughts, real emotions and real stressors.  For the chaplains serving the Watertown Police Department, that's the perspective they take every day when serving those affected by injury, crime or death in the community, as well as those responding to those calls.  The program started in April 2008 with two chaplains, the Rev. Mark Moore of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Pastor Doug Stein of Calvary Baptist Church, both who have since gone on to churches outside the area. Currently there are five chaplains, including a bilingual chaplain and a female chaplain.  Denominations represented in the chaplain program have included Assemblies of God, Baptist, Catholic, Episcopalian, United Church of Christ and nondenominational. However, the care that chaplains provide is not based on their denomination. They are there to simply listen and give support -- if it's wanted -- by those to whom it's being offered.  Presently serving as chaplains for the Watertown Police Department are Pastor Randy Krystowiak, Calvary Baptist Church; Rev. Jared Furnish, River City Church; the Rev. Tim Meinhardt, hospice chaplain for Allay Home and Hospice; and the Revs. Elizabeth Tester and Oscar Rozo, St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

 

06 22       K-9 DONATION

Watertown Elks Lodge and Chickens Unlimited made separate donations ($690 and $1,000 respectively) and to the Police Dept. K-9 fund.

 

07 22       TIM ENGEL NOW WITH SAWYER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT.

     Get hooked on ‘Cops & Bobbers’, a free fishing event for kids.

Bringing kids into the company of law enforcement in a positive and fun setting, debuts in Hayward on Saturday, July 14, at The Landing Resort.  Tim Engel and Jenny Hole, both deputy sheriffs with the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department, are heading up the initiative, which is designed to teach kids fishing and get them “hooked” on a healthy, outdoor pastime that also presents police officers in a positive and welcoming manner.

 

07 17       ALEXANDER ZIELKE & BRADLEY BENTON

Council Proceedings.  Finance Committee, July 9, 2018. Hire two non-sworn Auxiliary Police Officers.  Chief Roets recommended hiring Alexander Zielke and Bradley Benton.  Motion carried to approve both hires.

 

08 21       ADDITIONAL POLICE SQUAD CAR PURCHASE

Chief Roets recommends purchasing three squad cars before year end as he was notified of a significant price increase for next year.  Ordering the cars in 2018 will result in approximate savings of $33,000.  Motion carried to purchase squad cars, budget amendment will be required

 

09 10       POLICE DEPARTMENT BEATS FIRE BOYS

The fourth annual Watertown Fire Department vs. Watertown Police Department is in the books.  The final score was 20 to 10 in favor of the police department.  Everyone had a great time and thank you to everyone for supporting the Watertown High School Gosling Nest!

 

09 12       KAMINSKI NEW CHIEF OF POLICE

Capt. Robert Kaminski has been selected as the next Watertown police chief by the Fire and Police Commission. He will succeed Chief Tim Roets who is retiring in late October.

 

Kaminski, 48, has been a resident in Watertown and has been on the force for 27 years.  He has an associate’s degree in police science from MATC and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Excelsior College. He completed the FBI Academy in Quantico.  The Finance Committee agreed a setting pay rate of $85,862 annually.  Kaminski has a membership in the FBI National Academy and the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association. He works with the community in the Watertown YMCA Board of Directors, Watertown Riverfest Committee, Jefferson County Drug Free Coalition, Jefferson County Traffic Safety Committee. He completed the program Leadership Watertown and is an active shooter incident management instructor.

 

10 02       COFFEE WITH A COP

Held at the Watertown Public Library.  Occasion is an informal conversation with an officer, so to learn what it takes to become a police officer.

 

10 22       TERPSTRA NEW OFFICER

  

The Watertown Police Department added a new police officer, Zachary Terpstra, to its ranks on this past week at a swearing in ceremony.  Upon completing his initial orientation period, officer Terpstra will enter the department’s field training program where he will work under the guidance of a field training officer for 14 weeks.  During this time, he will work on each of the department’s shifts and spend introductory time in the investigations bureau and communications center. 

 

Terpstra is a Wisconsin native from Barron.  He is a graduate of Maranatha Baptist University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a minor in criminal justice in May 2017.  He was a standout basketball player both in high school and at Maranatha where he was selected team captain.  While attending Maranatha Baptist University Zach completed an internship with the department in 2017.

 

Terpstra also is a graduate of the Basic Police Recruit Academy held at Wisconsin Indiainhead Technical College in Rice Lake.  He graduated from the academy on Sept. 26, 2017.  He is currently certified as a police officer in the state of Wisconsin.  Terpstra was working part-time for both the Barron Police Department and Cameron Police Department from October 2017 to his hire date with the Watertown Police Department.

 

10 16       FULL-TIME 911 DISPATCHER

Common Council Proceedings:  Approve hiring full-time 911 Dispatcher. The full-time Dispatcher position was open due to a resignation and was offered to all three part-time dispatchers. Kaitlin Oreshack accepted the offer and worked full-time in Dispatch previously. Chief Roets is requesting her transfer from part-time to full-time. Motion carried to approve this transfer to full-time. Report received and placed on file.

 

12 05       FOUR CHIEFS

Four police chiefs for the city of Watertown were in attendance at a reception honoring recently retired chief Tim Roets.  Roets, Richard Reynolds, Charles McGee and new Police Chief Robert Kaminski.

 

12 14       KLEPPIN NAMED THIENSVILLE CHIEF

Capt. Curt Kleppin has left the Watertown Police Department after nearly 24 years to serve as the chief of police of the Thiensville Police Department.  Kleppin’s last day was Dec. 14.

 

12 19       DRUG ABUSE RESISTANCE EDUCATION GRADUATION

The 2018-19 first semester Drug Abuse Resistance Education graduation had approximately 125 students.  The graduation took place Monday at Watertown High School and involved Lebanon Elementary School, St. Henry Catholic School and Webster Elementary School.  The first semester D.A.R.E. report winner was Andrew Harms, a fifth-grade student at St. Henry’s.  The other D.A.R.E. report finalists were Taylre Tietz from Lebanon Elementary and Gillian Milhalko, Ella Johnson and Elizabeth Gibson from Webster.

 

2019

01 03       ROBBIE MISKULIN, POLICE EXPLORER, DIES AT 19

  

For the past four years, 19-year-old Robbie Miskulin was a member of the Watertown Police Explorer program.  On January 3, Miskulin, a diabetic but had never been hospitalized, died in his sleep and no one knows exactly how.  Until the autopsy results come back, the community in Watertown, especially the police department has made it clear, they lost an important person.

 

03 17       OFFICER DAKOTA LENSKE JOINS DEPT.

  

 

03 19       OFFICER KYLE KUNCE JOINS DEPT.

   

Officer Kunce came from Washington where he was an officer for four years.

 

05 20       D.A.R.E. GRADUATION HELD AT HIGH SCHOOL

The 2018-19 second semester Drug Abuse Resistance Education graduation took place at the Watertown High School auditorium, with approximately 200 students and family members attending.  Local schools involved in the graduation were Douglas Elementary, Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Schurz Elementary.  The second semester D.A.R.E. report winner was Damacio Dominguez, a student at Schurz Elementary School.  For winning the competition, Dominguez won $50, a D.A.R.E. medal, a pizza party for his class and a Daren the Lion stuffed animal.

 

05 23       KARNATZ, KEATS, ROEHL AND SIMON RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE

The council also congratulated a number of city employees for their service, including Christopher Karnatz of the police department for 20 years; Ian Keats of the police department for five years; Michael Roehl of the police department for five years; James Simon of the police department for five years.

 

06 27       MARCIE REPTA, 1962-2019

    

Marcie J. Repta, 56, of Watertown, passed away unexpectedly on June 27, 2019.  Marcie was born on Nov. 6, 1962, daughter of Frank and Helen (Peterson) Repta in Oconto.

 

Marcie was the first and only female officer for the Watertown Police Department for 17 years. 

 

She retired from the force after 27 years of service to the Watertown Community.  Marcie was also past president of the Wisconsin Association of Women Police and was a present member of the Watertown Elks.

 

Marcie is survived by her wife of 39 years, Kathryn Lukenbach; her mother Helen Repta; siblings Renae Repta, John (Terri) Repta and Terry (Rosanne) Repta; mother-in-law Rozelle Meyer; brother-in-law Steven (Judy) Lukenbach; and other relatives and numerous friends. 

 

Marcie was preceded in death by her father and five uncles.

 

07 11       BENJAMIN OLSEN PROMOTED TO ADMINISTRATIVE CAPTAIN

  

We would like to congratulate Sergeant Benjamin Olsen on being promoted to Administrative Captain

 

07 18       MELOY AND CAUCUTT PROMOTED TO SERGEANT

               

School Resource Officer Jeff Meloy and Detective Jon Caucutt promoted to Sergeant.

Sergeant Meloy will be assigned to dayshift patrol.  Sergeant Caucutt will be assigned to nightshift patrol.

 

08 22       OFFICER SCOTT KIND, SUSAN ROE, HONORED

Officer Scott Kind was honored for 10 years of service with the police department.  Currently serving as the city’s lone humane officer, Kind has received three letters of accommodation and was presented with a certificate of appreciations from the city.  Susan Roe was also recognized for 30 years of service with the police department, though was not in attendance for the meeting.

 

09 16       CHANCE, THE NEW K-9

The Watertown Finance Committee approved the purchase of a new K-9 dog from Jessiffany Canine Services for $13,500 for the police department.  The new canine, a 19-month old German Shepard named Chance, will replace police canine Oczie, who was retired in August due to health concerns.  Funding for the purchase comes from donations in a canine reserve account currently held by the department.

 

09 17       TRAFFIC CAMERAS / POLICE CANINE

Council Proceedings:  Request to place traffic cameras at intersections in the City.  Since the State does not allow traffic violations to be enforced using traffic cameras, it was suggested that when incidents are observed, license plate numbers are given to the Police Dept. for enforcement.

 

Council Proceedings:  Res. to authorize purchase of police canine from Jessiffany Canine Services LLC was presented.  Carried by roll call vote; Yes-8; No-0.

 

09 26       POLICE CAPTAIN OFFERS SURVIVAL TIPS TO COPE WITH ACTIVE SHOOTERS

The phenomenon of the mass shooting has grown and changed over the years. So has the thinking on how to best survive one.  That’s what Watertown Police Capt. David Brower told a group of business people and government officials at a meeting in the city’s municipal building.  Brower is available to teach groups about how to prepare for an active- shooter situations.     WDTimes online article    

 

10 17       Sgt. JEFF MELOY - FIRST RESPONDER OF THE YEAR AWARD

   

Watertown Police Sgt. Jeff Meloy received the AD-37 First Responder of the Year award on Thursday in Madison.  First responders from all 99 assembly districts were honored at the ceremony and are selected for their work in their respective communities.  Nominations are based on a variety of factors, including a specific heroic action, a significant professional achievement and, a nominee’s body of work over time or length of service.

 

10 18       OFFICER LUKE HENSLEY

      AND HIS FOUR-LEGGED PARTNER CHANCE

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K-9 Officer Chance is the newest member of the police department and began work for the department with his handler, Patrol Officer Luke Hensley, on Oct. 18.  Chance is a 1-yearand- 9-month-old German shepherd who was purchased by the department from Jessiff any Canine Services in Iron Ridge.  Chance and Hensley completed five weeks of training from the service, which has provided numerous K-9’s in the county.  Chance is considered a dual-purpose narcotics dog . He is trained in narcotics detection in vehicles, rooms, houses, and open fields.  He can also do tracking, article searches for non-organic articles with human scent, building clearing, protection and apprehension.

 

10 21       POLICE RECORDS AND COMPUTER AIDED DISPATCHS

Resolution and budget amendment for Computer Information Systems Inc. contract for Police Records and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) upgrade/replacement, including new CIS Server. Motion carried to recommend approval of budget amendment and purchase.

 

12 19       HONORED FOR LIFE-SAVING ACTIONS

             

Dispatcher Julia Schmelzer, Police officer James Simon, Watertown Fire Assistant Chief Tim Gordon, Fire Lt. Brad Fox, firefighter/ paramedic Mason Tayler, firefighter/paramedic Patrick Schultz, firefighter/ paramedic Jeff Penna and firefighter/paramedic Alexa Steinbach each received a life-saving award for their actions in saving the life of a patient earlier this year.

 

On Oct. 21, members of the Watertown police and fire departments were dispatched by Schmelzer to male patient who was not breathing and did not have a pulse.  While the personnel was en route, Schmelzer provided pre-arrival CPR instructions to the caller.  Officer Simon arrived on the scene shortly after and took over CPR until the Crew A fire personnel composed of Gordon, Fox, Tayler, Schultz, Penna and Steinbach arrived.

 

Department personnel took immediate action by providing continuous high-quality CPR using a LUCAS (Lund University Cardiopulmonary Assist System) device.  A LUCAS device is a chest compression system that helps providing chest compressions, applying a monitor, checking heart rhythm and delivering shocks to a patient’s heart, among other features.

 

Pre-arrival instructions, which played a key role in this live saving situation, is a fairly new practice by the Watertown dispatching team.  The dispatch center began implementing pre-arrival instructions in February of this year. The instructions fall under five categories: cardiac arrest with CPR for both adults and children; choking; seizures; delivery for an active labor; and bleeding.  All dispatch members are CPR certified and the unit received training from Wisconsin EMS as well as its own inside training.  Although the usage of instructions is in its infancy at the department, the dispatch team typically gives instructions one to two times a week.

 

All of the public service members honored received a certificate from the fire department for their actions.

 

12 20       FIRST "SHOP WITH A COP" EVENT

  

Officer Kathy Riedl pushes Sam Lueck in a cart to move quickly through the Watertown Walmart.

 

2020

05 31       MAN KILLED IN POLICE-INVOLVED SHOOTING

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation released the names of the victim and the officer involved in the police shooting death of a man in the parking lot of Watertown’s South Church Street Kwik Trip on May 31.  The officer is Pedro Gallegos, who has been in law enforcement for six years, while the victim, who died, was Thomas Jeffery Sutherlin, 32.

 

Law enforcement from the Watertown Police Department initiated a traffic stop in Watertown for a burned-out taillight. Law enforcement had been looking for the subject to question him about his involvement in a domestic incident.  During the traffic stop, a taser was deployed, but was not effective.  Shots within the vehicle were fired and officers returned fire.  A firearm was found in the vehicle.”  Law enforcement immediately began life-saving measures on Sutherlin and paramedics later transported him to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries sustained during the incident.  No law enforcement personnel or other individuals were injured.

 

Gallegos, who has been in law enforcement for six years, has been placed on administrative leave as part of department policy.

 

08 08       ICE CREAM FOR NEIGHBOR KIDS

On several occasions during the current period of excessive heat and humidity Officers Bresser, Bohlman and Schroeder served up scoops of ice cream for kids at neighborhood parks.

 

12 24       COUNCIL OKs COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT

     Police & Fire

A firefighter starting a career with the Watertown Fire Department after Jan. 1 will earn $51,139 annually or $24.58 an hour, according to a collective bargaining agreement approved between the city and Local 877 of the International Association of Fire Fighters.  The collective bargaining agreement covers years 2021 to 2023.  Firefighting employees will work a normal work cycle of one 24-hour tour of duty followed by one 24-hour period by another 24-hour tour of duty and so on.  The normal starting time for a tour of duty will be 7 a.m. All employees of the fire department will be required to live within a 45-mile radius of Watertown City Hall as a condition of employment.

 

Also, the city’s finance committee and the police officers reached a one-year collective bargaining agreement beginning Jan. 1, 2021.  All police employees will be required, within 12 months following their hire to live within a 25-mile radius of Watertown City Hall, which shall include the city limits of Lake Mills, Oconomowoc, and Jefferson. . . . WDTimes full text article  

 

2021

03 02       TWO NEW SQUADS ADDED

The Watertown Police Department recently added two new squads to the patrol fleet for 2021.  The two squads have a new design which will slowly be incorporated to the entire fleet.  The new squads are also the departments first hybrids being utilized for patrol work.

 

04 16       MURDER/SUICIDE

      FORMER OFFICER KILLED TEENAGE SON

A former Watertown Police officer killed his teenage son before ending his own life.  Officers were called to check the welfare of the former officer, identified as Douglas Teuteberg, on Friday, April 16.  They tried to find him based on cellphone pings and could not locate him.  The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says officers entered Teuteberg’s home Saturday on the 900 block of Country Lane and found Teuteberg and his 16-year-old son dead.  Evidence collected at the scene indicates the deaths were a homicide/suicide caused by Teuteberg, according to the sheriff’s office.

 

06 09       2021 KRAHN CITIZENSHIP AWARD

Ann Nienow has been named recipient of the 2021 Alfred and Helen Krahn Citizenship award.  The award is given annually by the Krahn family in memory of Al “Mickey” and Helen Krahn. Al was a longtime member of the Watertown Police Department, retiring in 1970 as inspector, second in command at the department.

 

Nienow, a lifelong resident of Watertown, has worked as a social worker for Jefferson County Human Services and at Watertown Memorial Hospital, now known as Watertown Regional Medical Center.  More recently she and her husband Rich owned and operated Hafemeister Funeral Home for many years until recently selling the business to their two sons, Mike and Mark.

 

07 22       PLAN TO CREATE ASSISTANT CHIEF POSITION

Watertown Police Chief Robert Kaminski told common council members he plans on promoting one of his three captains to a newly created assistant police chief position; and the council unanimously approved it.  The city’s police and fire commission would promote one captain to this position and still have two captains in his department.

 

Several years ago the police department had an inspector of police, which was followed by a deputy chief, but when former police chief Tim Roets was in office, he didn’t have an assistant police chief, but had three captains.  Roets may have eliminated the deputy chief position because of educational requirements, that is not the case today.

 

08 24       OFFICER SAMUEL SULZMANN JOINS FORCE

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12 21       WATERTOWN POLICE DEPT OFFICER SGT. JON CAUCUTT RECEIVED PATRIOT AWARD

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Jeffery Hensley who nominated the officer, Caucutt, Watertown Police Chief Robert Kaminski, and Mike Williams, of the ESGR

 

Awarded by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee.

 

Watertown Police Department Sgt. Jon Caucutt was presented with a Patriot Award by the Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee.  Colonel Mike Williams, state chair emeritus of the Wisconsin Committee for ESGR made the announcement and presented the award along with ESGR representative Mike Williams.  The award is in recognition of extraordinary support of one of their employees serving in the Wisconsin Army National Guard.

 

The presentation took take place at the Watertown Police Department.

 

According to Williams, “Sgt. Jon Caucutt was nominated for this prestigious national award by their employee Jeffrey Hensley who is a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard and assigned to the 1-120th Field Artillery Battalion in Stevens Point.  The Patriot Award is only presented to employers who not only hire guard and reserve members, but demonstrate superior support to the military employee and his/ her family.  The National Guard and Reserve Forces are the cornerstone of our national defense.  Caucutt has provided outstanding support and cooperation and has exhibited a patriotic spirit which is reflected in the significance of being a recipient of the Patriot Award.”

 

Hensley, battery commander of B Battery, 1-120th Field Artillery, said, “Sgt. Caucutt has been an outstanding supporter of me in regards to my military career.  He displays a true appreciation of my service in the Wisconsin National Guard and goes above and beyond to assist.  Caucutt takes his support further than just the workplace, making me aware of his willingness to help with home issues while I am away.  Having a supportive supervisor such as Caucutt makes balancing my civilian and military careers much easier.  I am truly appreciative to have such a leader.”

 

Watertown Police Chief Robert Kaminski said, “The Watertown Police Department has hired numerous employees that have or are members of the guard and reserve.  As a department we understand the difficulties of managing a civilian career and a military career and want to make both as stress free as possible for our employees.”

 

“The department and I appreciate the recognition,” said Caucutt.  “Officer Hensley does an excellent job of balancing his service at Watertown PD and with the national guard.  Hensley is a topnotch police officer.  His organization, communication, and commitment to both make this a rather easy relationship.  We are proud of Officer Hensley’s service and happy to assist as he participates in protecting both the local and national communities. “

 

ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the national guard and reserve in the United States.

 

2022

 

-- --           YEARS OF SERVICE

Schroeder, Stacy L:  20 Years

Heimerl, Robert A:  10 Years

Bresser, Evan P:  5 Years

 

02 24       OFFICERS KATHY RIEDL AND CHRIS KARNATZ RECOGNIZED

The Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Association will recognize Deputy Jeremy McCarty of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and Officers Kathy Riedl and Chris Karnatz of the Watertown Police Department as its 2021 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year.

 

McCarty responded to a report of a suicidal woman on the State Highway 16 bypass over State Highway 26 in the Town of Emmet in October 2021. The woman had called dispatch and said she was suicidal and was going to jump off of the bridge. McCarty made contact with the woman and engaged her in dialogue trying to talk her out of suicide.

 

Watertown Police Chief Robert Kaminski nominated Riedl and Karnatz as law enforcement officers of the year.

 

He said Karnatz has 23 years and Riedl has 21 years with the Watertown Police Department, respectively.

 

Last August the two officers were sent to a complaint of a 12-year-old child who was wielding a knife and was threatening to kill others in the residence and themself.

 

He said Riedl realized the child was on the autism spectrum and asked her fellow officer to speak with the child outside while she spoke to the adults.

 

04 01       SGT. LEON RUDER RETIREMENT

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After 35 years of serving the community, Watertown Police Detective Sgt. Leon Ruder will retire from the police force effective today.  Ruder carried out an array of assignments and was commended time and again for his work.  Ruder began his career with the Watertown Police Department as a patrol officer in 1987 and was soon selected to be the detective assigned to the Jefferson County Drug Task Force Unit.

 

06 13       CAPT. JOHNSON RETIRES

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Veteran Watertown Police Department officer, Capt. Randy Johnson, is retiring from the force after 25 years and the accolades that have been rolling in regarding his service have been many.

 

Johnson’s last day was May 27 and a luncheon was held for him at the police department. Along with his family, many close, career contacts from throughout Dodge and Jefferson County attended.

 

Johnson’s wife, Tina, invited everyone to view a huge scrapbook containing countless articles and photographs of his work, as well as cases he was involved in throughout the years.

 

Johnson served as a patrol officer, drug task force detective, field training officer, detective, sergeant on watch III, watch I and investigations division. He finished his career as a captain.

 

Johnson was hired when he was 24 years old.

 

He went to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

 

06 18       ANNUAL WATERTOWN BICYCLE RODEO

On Saturday, June 18, 2022 the Watertown Police Department will be hosting its 28th Annual Watertown Bicycle Rodeo at the Watertown High School.  This is a free event for kids 12 years old and under who can ride a two-wheeled bicycle.  Kids ride in nine courses to teach them to ride safely around their neighborhood and the entire city.  During this event, the police department will also register bicycles free of charge.  After the participants are done with the courses they are able to enter a raffle for many prizes including one of many new bicycles.

 

07 22       DONATION FOR ICE CREAM

The Wisconsin Elks Association Inc., Watertown Lodge presented a check for $1,750 to Watertown Police Dept. to be used for the ice cream in the park events.

 

 

 

 

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CROSS REFERENCES:

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UNKNOWNS

 

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12 20       BOB WEBSTER, BLOOD DONER

At the American Red Cross blood drive longtime donor Bob Webster was recognized for hitting the 25-gallon mark.  He received a pin and certificate for his accomplishment.  Bob’s service included the military, as a police officer and to the American Red Cross.  He has been donating blood since he was in the military in late 1956 or early 1957.

 

 

 

 

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