Patrol / Investigations
The Fox Point Police Department patrol division consists of ten uniformed officers and four patrol sergeants under the command of the police captain.
The Patrol Division
- Conducts preliminary investigations of most major crimes and the complete investigation of other minor crimes
- Engages in aggressive patrol and crime prevention
- Prepares reports relating to crimes or incidents and makes arrests accordingly
- Provides a variety of services to the public, and generally functions as a guardian of public peace
Patrol officers are also called upon to respond to mutual aid requests from other communities. In addition to their daily duties, Patrol Division personnel perform a variety of specialty functions which contributes to the overall mission effectiveness of the department.
Specially trained officers serve as evidence technicians. They are responsible for the preservation and collection of physical evidence at crime scenes. Additionally, evidence technicians identify and inventory physical evidence; take photographs and measurements, draw rough sketches of the scene, and complete reports relative to the crime or accident scene. Evidence Technicians receive extensive classroom and hands-on training in photography, latent fingerprint collection, physical evidence identification, preservation and collection and overall crime scene processing.
Field Training Officers
A Field Training Officer (FTO) is a patrol officer who has been trained as an FTO and is recognized for his or her experience, proficiency, and training. The FTO is responsible for the training and evaluation of the probationary officers assigned to them. The FTO is required to submit daily observation reports to the program supervisor on the progress of the probationary officer.
The primary responsibility of the Investigative Bureau is to conduct follow-up investigations of major crimes referred by the Patrol Bureau or directly reported by citizens or businesses. The investigator conducts investigations that lead well outside of the geographic boundaries of the village. The investigator receives specialized training in investigative techniques relating to specific types of crime, such as financial crimes, vehicle theft, and youth crimes.
The Fox Point Police Department has one officer assigned to the Investigative Bureau; however, several officers have received advanced training and will assist on major crimes investigations as needed.
The Fox Point Police Department Bike Patrol Unit utilizes three fully equipped Trek Police mountain bikes for patrol duties and has a squad equipped with a bike rack. The Bike Patrol Unit has many advantages over a motorized patrol vehicle, including;
- a Crime Prevention tool - deterring crime through increased visibility
- increased citizen contact due to decreased barriers
- greater accessibility for the officer to areas beyond the roadway
- and stealth capabilities while on patrol during the evening and overnight hours.
The Bike Patrol Unit will utilize the squad car to transport the bicycle while on patrol and then set-up in a neighborhood to patrol on bike. This provides the officer a greater opportunity to patrol on he bike while still having rapid response capabilities that come with the squad car.
Officers of the Fox Point Police Department participate in several task forces related to traffic safety in the metropolitan area. These task force deployments are a part of Wisconsin DOT and NHTSA High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) campaigns.
High Visibility Enforcement combines traffic law enforcement, visibility elements, and a publicity strategy to educate the public and promote voluntary compliance with the law. Additionally, HVE incorporates the use of multiple jurisdictions patrolling and conducting enforcement activities through coordinated efforts.
The Fox Point Police Department participates in national Click-It or Ticket efforts, as well as Booze-Belts and Drive-Sober or Get Pulled Over. Officers are also part of a regional task force that conducts HVE related to OWI enforcement, Seatbelts, and Speeding.
DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
The D.A.R.E. program is accredited nationally recognized program which teaches fifth grade students the dangers of drug abuse, promotes confidence, and reinforces the importance of making good decisions.
D.A.R.E. students attend 10 weeks of lessons, which are conducted in a classroom setting. The D.A.R.E. course is presented to fifth grade students at St. Eugene's Catholic School and Maple Dale Middle School.
School Lunch/ Recess Program
One recent change is the implementation of the school lunch program. This program allows students who attend the Fox Point elementary schools to interact with officers. Officers come once each month to share lunch and recess time with the students, in an environment where they can develop friendships and interact positively. As a community oriented police agency, Fox Point Police officers strive to become a part of the neighborhood and meeting school children is a part of that experience.
The police department utilizes a fleet of four Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility vehicles for patrol purposes. These vehicles were selected based on their purpose built design and space to comfortably carry the officer and the related equipment while on patrol. The Explorer has become the primary vehicle across the entire fleet for ease on maintenance and continuity of equipment.
In addition to the four marked vehicles, the department has three unmarked vehicles which are used primarily for administrative and investigative purposes.