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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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Last updated February 5, 2016
“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.
WINTER PARKING RULES
On-street parking is prohibited from 2:00AM-6:00AM from December 1 to April 1. Residents are reminded to have overnight guests park in their driveways, as they may not be aware of the parking ban.
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
Officers Kathleen Borkowski and Jennifer Gerke for successfully completing forty hours of Humane Officer training conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. They are the only police officers in the county with that level of expertise for animal cruelty and neglect investigations.
Officer Michael Lake for becoming the second officer to complete Drug Recognition Expert training, which enhances our ability to collect evidence after someone is arrested for operating while under the influence of drugs.
Officers Jennifer Gerke and Kyle Henning for completing the police bicycle training course at Port Washington PD. This will greatly enhance our bicycle patrolling capability during the summer.
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.
On June 5, a graduation ceremony was held at UW-Madison for thirty law enforcement officers who attended the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Command College and completed the 300 hour Certified Public Manager program. According to UW-Madison, “The nationally accredited Certified Public Manager Program prepares managers in federal, state, and local government and in tribal and nonprofit organizations for the unique demands of the public management profession”.
And we’re proud to report that one of the graduates was our own Sgt. Todd Fristed.
The Jackson Police Department is hosting another AARP Smart Driver course on Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Jackson Area Community Center, N165 W20330 Hickory Lane. The class will be taught by volunteer instructors with AARP Driver Safety in Wisconsin. Attendees will learn about new traffic laws, defensive driving techniques, and safe driving strategies. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. To register, call the Community Center at (262) 677-9665. Please note that the course is at the Community Center, not the police station.
FIREWORKS ARE NOT LEGAL IN JACKSON (or anywhere else)
It’s simple: fireworks that explode or fly aren’t legal. That means no firecrackers or rockets… period. Sparklers, snakes, and fountains are just fine in Jackson (we can’t speak for other communities). Disturbing the neighborhood with bottle rockets can get you a $155 citation.
A parent asked if an officer could remind the neighborhood youngsters about the rules for crossing the street or riding their bikes. Officer Gerke steeled herself for this assignment. The young man to the left is displaying a “safety citation”, good for an ice cream cone, for wearing his helmet.
2014 ACTION IN JACKSON PARADE
This is our friend, Kyle, who rode in the very first car in the Action in Jackson Parade with Officer Dan (Oswald). Kyle’s mom was the successful bidder for “Ride at the Head of the Parade” donated by the JPD for the Jackson Elementary School PTO Silent Auction.
Just participating in the new Action in Jackson 5K Run/Walk wasn’t enough for some of our officers, so they got some friends to make it even more fun! In front are Officer Kathy Borkowski, who walked with her granddaughter, Ellie. From left to right are Sgt. Todd Fristed, Jenny Sands, Richard Ratzmer, Officer Justin Brinks, and Officer Jennifer Gerke, all of whom ran. Keep in mind, the officers were wearing their body armor and equipment belts while they did this!
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