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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.
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
(Last Updated April 22, 2015)
Officer Mike Lake goes in for a lay-up during Hoops Night on April 17, as Jackson Elementary School mascot JJ looks on. Photo by Officer Gerke.
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.
Village-Wide Rummage Sale
The annual (unofficial) village-wide rummage sale is Saturday, May 16. Drivers are asked not to park in posted zones, on private property without permission, and near intersections, crosswalks and fire hydrants. For entrepreneurs hoping to cash-in, local ordinance prohibits selling from mobile trucks (e.g. ice cream trucks), carts and door-to-door without a permit! It does get to be chaotic and extra officers are on duty, but it’s usually an enjoyable day for thousands of people who come here.
The Jackson Police Department is hosting another AARP Smart Driver course on Thursday, June 4 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.
MyPD App Connects You to the Police Department!
The Jackson Police Department is proud to introduce a new initiative to enhance communications with the public.
MyPD is a free app that can be downloaded through iTunes or Google Play. With it, citizens have access to a number of features, including contacts, feedback and tip forms. They can also access information from FEMA, the National Weather Service and the National Terror Advisory System, and much more. MyPD also has an optional “push” notification feature that will alert the user if the police department issues a special alert, even if the app isn’t running.
The app can be downloaded by clicking on the Apple or Android links below. Once installed, the user should select the Jackson Police Department from the list of available choices. The app will default back to JPD each time. Push notification and other features can be activated under the “Settings” tab on the bottom of the screen.
You can read more about MyPD here: http://mypdapp.com/
JPD STILL ECONOMICAL
According to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance’s annual report on municipal spending, the police department’s cost per resident in 2012 was $184, just below the median for communities of 5,500 to 7,500 population. The police department has been at or below the median for several years.
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.
The “safety citation” program has ended for this year. We appreciate the support of John Kruepke, owner of the Snak Shak, and Cedar Crest Ice Cream for donating the ice cream, and B&L Graphic Solutions, for printing the citations.
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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