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On behalf of the officers and staff of the Jackson Police Department, welcome to our web site. Our department has undergone many changes in its 101 year history. A single Village Marshal serving a few hundred people has evolved into a department of 11 sworn officers protecting a thriving community of over 6,700. We’re a small agency, but we’ve had big ideas:
- The first Washington County municipal police K9 unit.
- The first Washington County agency with mobile computers.
- The first Washington County agency with Automatic External Defibrillators.
- The only Washington County agency to earn accreditation.
- The only Washington County agency to meet the requirements for Core Standards Verification.
- The first Washington County agency with a motor carrier safety program.
- The only Washington County agency with officers trained to investigate animal cruelty and neglect cases.
Jackson officers are always mindful of their department’s mission to provide law enforcement services which afford a sense of security for residents and visitors, and which improve the quality of life in the community. I hope you find this website useful and appreciate your interest in the Jackson Police Department.
Jed M. Dolnick
Chief of Police
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Accident Reports Available for Purchase On-Line
Accident reports are available for purchase at the police station during office hours for .25 a page; reports are typically four or five pages in length. For 24/7 access, www.buycrash.com sells our reports for $10.25.
The Greater Jackson Business Association is selling these yard signs at their cost of $7 each. The signs can be purchased at the Jackson Area Community Center at N165W20330 Hickory Lane, across from Hickory Lane Park. Our thanks to the association for their support of the police and fire departments.
Last updated January 17, 2017
THOSE WINTER SIDEWALKS
The police department warns dozens of property owners every winter about hazardous sidewalks. Village ordinances require that sidewalks be cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours after a snowfall. Rather than risking a $218 ticket or the potential liability for a pedestrian’s injury, please shovel and salt your sidewalks in a timely manner.
WINTER PARKING RULES
From December 1 to April 1, vehicles cannot be parked on the street from 2:00-6:00 AM. Vehicles can be parked overnight in village parks and at the Jackson Area Community Center; however, they must be removed the next day and can be ticketed if left for more than 24 hours. If weather permits, the winter rules will be waived between between Christmas and New Year’s; that will be announced here and on our Facebook page. The winter parking rules enable the Department of Public Works to clear the streets of snow more quickly and economically.
THANK YOU, CULVER’S OF JACKSON
Our second Custard with Cops at the Jackson Culver’s was a success. The turnout was amazing and we enjoyed meeting everyone. Chief Dolnick was grateful to the Jackson officers for their enthusiastic participation, especially those who came on their off-time, and to Assistant Manager Andrew and his wife, Megan, who put the event together.
Here’s our friend, Ava, with Sgt Todd.
This is Chase with Officer Dan.
FIREWORKS ARE NOT LEGAL IN JACKSON (or anywhere else)
Per state law, fireworks that explode or fly aren’t legal to possess or use without a permit. That means no firecrackers or rockets, folks.
Those permits handed out at the fireworks stores are only valid in the community where the store is located. Read the fine print. Jackson, like most cities and villages, doesn’t issue permits.
Snakes, sparklers, fountains, and other novelty items are just fine here. But if you live elsewhere, you’ll need to check because some local communities prohibit them.
Disturbing the neighborhood with bottle rockets can get you a $155 citation but we really prefer that you just don’t use them.
JACKSON AGAIN RANKED 5th SAFEST COMMUNITY IN WISCONSIN
“For the second consecutive year, Safewise has ranked Jackson #5 on its list of the 100 safest Wisconsin communities. My thanks to the department’s officers and staff for their hard work. I would also like to thank our residents for their support, alertness and engagement. Every report of a suspicious person or vehicle can lead to the interruption of a crime. Every block party creates new friends and an awareness of what does…or does not…belong in the neighborhood. The police department is proud to have a role, with its partners in the Parks, Fire, and Public Works departments, in keeping Jackson a great place to live.”
Chief Jed Dolnick
“IRS” FRAUD ALERT
Police and sheriff’s offices throughout Wisconsin are reporting an increase in complaints about phony calls from the “IRS” threatening to arrest people if they don’t pay past due taxes. Fortunately, all of the Jackson residents who’ve reported this knew it was a scam and weren’t victimized. Nevertheless, we’re reminding everyone that the IRS does not make its first contact by telephone or email. The IRS contacts people in writing via the US Postal Service, not UPS, Fed Ex, or any other private carrier.
Unless you have an active case with the IRS, which is rare, hang up on anyone who claims to be from the IRS. If they call again, hang up again. If you talk to them, they’ll just believe they can convince you of their authenticity and keep trying. Just hang up. Don’t return any messages that have been left by a human or a machine.
Don’t click on any links contained in a supposed email from the IRS. The IRS doesn’t have your email address.
Some taxpayers will receive a letter from the IRS asking them to verify their identity using the Identity Verification Service website at idverify.irs.gov. That’s legitimate. However, don’t hesitate to bring an IRS letter to the police station if you have any doubts about its authenticity.
Finally, please make sure your older parents and relatives know about this! Senior citizens are most at-risk to be victimized.
A permit isn’t required if only dropping off sales literature. However, if the person contacts you, to make a pitch or ask if you want an estimate, for example, that person must have a village permit. A permit is issued only if the person passes a criminal background check conducted by the police department. If you don’t see the permit attached to the person’s outerwear, ask to see it. If the person doesn’t have one, close the door and call us immediately.
A permit is not required when going door-to-door on behalf of a political candidate, when circulating a petition or nomination papers, or other activities protected by the 1st Amendment. Religious groups don’t need a permit to hand out literature or discuss religion (e.g. Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons). However, donations cannot be solicited. For that, the village will provide a permit at no charge as long as the group is a registered charity.
Solicitors must respect “No Peddler” and similar signs, and can only go door-to-door between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM. They are also prohibited from misrepresenting the purpose of their visit.
DRUG COLLECTION BOX
Our thanks to CVS Pharmacy for donating this new and greatly improved medication collection box for our lobby. The box is a convenient way to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. It’s important to keep as much of these materials as possible out of landfills and water treatment systems. Drug abusers are known to steal narcotics, anti-depressants and other medications from the homes of friends and relatives. The collected items are incinerated at a specially licensed facility. We cannot accept liquids, “sharps”, aerosols, and medical waste.
The original box will be repurposed at the Community Center as a second collection point for old U.S. flags that need proper disposal, a service provided by the Boy Scouts. There’s another flag box at the entrance to the police station parking lot.
The next AARP Smart Driver Course will be on November 10, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Jackson Area Community Center, N165W20330 Hickory Lane. Entirely classroom instruction and no test to pass. $15 for AARP members (bring your membership card), $20 for non-members. Reserve a slot by calling the Community Center office at (262) 677-9665.
Remember to Renew Dog & Cat Licenses
Dogs and cats that are at least 5 months old must be licensed. Applications are available at the Village Hall
ANOTHER COMPANY RECOGNIZES JACKSON FOR SAFETY
Value Penguin ranked Jackson #7 for cities of 5,000-10,000 population:
JPD STILL ECONOMICAL
According to the 2015 edition of Municipal Facts, published by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, the police department’s cost per resident in 2013 (the latest year available) was $191.35, which is the median for communities of 5,500 to 7,500 population. The police department has been at or below the median for many years.
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