La Crosse Police Department

  • Agency: La Crosse Police Department
  • Address: 400 La Crosse Street, La Crosse, 54601 WI
  • Chief: Edward Kondracki (Chief of Police)
Phone: (608) 785-5962
Fax: (608) 789-7200

La Crosse Police Department is located at 400 La Crosse Street, La Crosse, 54601 WI. The Chief of Police of the department is Edward Kondracki. The La Crosse Police Department phone number is (608) 785-5962.

La Crosse Police Department News

Reminder: Bike Auction Tomorrow, Oct. 21st! This will be at Isle la Plume located at 1925 Marco Drive in La Crosse. Viewing begins at 9 am, with the auction starting at 10 am!

#FACTOIDFRIDAY In April, 2017 Wisconsin had a record drug take back, collecting 66,830lbs of unused medications. La Crosse County Law Enforcement agencies collected 870lbs. CALLING ALL UNUSED AND EXPIRED MEDICATIONS! HELP US BREAK ANOTHER RECORD! Take the next week, look in your medicine cabinets and cupboards and see if you have any unused or expired medications that can be disposed. You can drop them off at any of the below Law Enforcement agencies during business hours before OCTOBER 30th. On October 30th, Law Enforcement agencies across the state will dispose of medications they have collected since the April disposal. Monday-Friday • Bangor Police 8am-3:30pm • Campbell Police 10am-2pm • Holmen Police 8am-4:30pm • La Crosse Police 8:30am-5pm • La Crosse Sheriff’s Office 8am-4:30pm • Onalaska Police 8am-5pm • West Salem Police 8am-4:30pm We will accept: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, inhalers, creams, vials and pet medications. We will NOT accept: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), mercury thermometers, personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreen), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas). The link below shows a time lapse of the April 2017 drugs’ processing. https://www.facebook.com/WisconsinAttorneyGeneral/videos/301154933646892/ Here is what Wisconsin has collected as a state since starting this program in 2015. • April 2017 – 66,860lbs • October 2016 - 58,729lbs • April 2016 - 64,247lbs • September 2015 - 44,698lbs • May 2015 - 39,783lbs

The La Crosse Area Domestic Abuse/Sexual Assault Task Force presented community service awards, during their 24th Annual Recognition Banquet, last evening. Individuals were recognized for their contribution to the reduction and education of the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault and abuse in the La Crosse area. We are proud to announce La Crosse Police Sergeant Linnea Miller received the Judge Peter G. Pappas Award. This award is given to an individual that has had a positive long-term effect on the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence. Congratulations Sgt. Miller!

INFORMATION OUT OF THE TRAFFIC ENGINEER'S OFFICE RE: Temporary closure and detour, Market Street at 17th Street (between 16th Street and Losey Boulevard) On Thursday, October 19, 2017, beginning at 9 A.M., Market Street will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic at 17th Street. The closure is necessary for water utility work, as part of the 17th Street Neighborhood Greenway project. A detour will be posted for traffic to use Cass Street, between 16th Street and Losey Boulevard. I would urge motorists to be aware of the posted detour and changing traffic patterns. Depending on weather conditions, it is anticipated that Market Street will be re-opened by 7 P.M. the following day, Friday, October 20, 2017.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the men and women of the La Crosse Fire Department who last evening reaffirmed their dedication to their career as La Crosse Firefighters and their dedication to those they serve. Also to the four new members of the department, may they have successful careers as firefighters.

It is #WantedWednesday! The below photo is of a vehicle that was used in a theft. If you are able to identify the owner or if you have information about the case please contact the police department at 608-789-7240 and reference the specific case number. To remain anonymous, contact La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers at 608-784-TIPS or visit www.lacrossecrimestoppers.com to report it online. You can also download the Crime Stoppers App “P3” to submit a tip via your phone.

The La Crosse Police Department would like to thank everyone that came out Saturday, October 14th to Riverside Park for the 26th Annual D.A.R.E. Chili Cook Off! A Special Thank You to the State Bank for 26 years of dedicated service to make this event possible. The D.A.R.E. Chili Cook Off is the main fundraiser supporting the La Crosse and Onalaska Police Departments and the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department D.A.R.E. programs. Proceeds from this fundraiser go to purchasing workbooks, pens, pencils, and other needed supplies for over 2,500 local D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T. students! This year there were 16 teams and over 1,000 tasters! Congratulations to the following winners: Chili Pepper Eating Contest-Brandon Billingsley Presentation Award- Onalaska Police Dept. President Choice- La Crosse Fire Dept. Chef Choice-Garage Force Peoples Choice- 1st Place Troop II Pack 28, 2nd Place 95.7 Rock, 3rd Place Garage Force

Have you ever wondered why the City prohibits backing into parking stalls in parking ramps? One reason is that not all states require a front plate and many people (despite the WI law requiring it) do not have a front plate. Our parking enforcement staff obviously need to have a viewable plate as they drive through the ramp to effectively do their job. A second reason is damage to the ramps themselves, especially with pickup trucks. People have a tendency to back in too far causing damage to the cabling and boards.

The La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers initiated a new and easier way to submit Crime Stoppers Tips in January. The App is called P3, and can be downloaded on both Android and Apple products. For instructions on how to download the app click on: http://www.lacrossecrimestoppers.com/sitemenu.aspx?P=P3App&ID=459 The App is very user friendly and photos can easily be uploaded with tip information! Thank you for continuing to help protect the La Crosse Area!

They may say 30% chance of rain, but we say it’s a perfect day to warm up with some Chili! Join us at Riverside Park. Besides some awesome chow (and tents to keep you dry), we have a squad car to tour and you might even get to meet K-9 Zaback! Come on down!

#FactoidFriday: Did you know the Chili Cook Off began at Mount La Crosse Ski Hill 26 years ago? 26 years later the Chili Cook Off has raised over $250,000 to support La Crosse Area D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T. programs, as well as other non-profit organizations. The Chili Cook Off has been hosted in several different locations, from U-WL, to the Southside Oktoberfest Grounds, the State Bank Parking lot and our current location of Riverside Park. Many teams have participated in the Chili Cook Off for several years, including area law enforcement agencies, La Crosse Fire Department, Midwest Family Broadcasting, Dublin Square and Boy Scout Troop 11. There have been several different varieties of chili served over the years as well, including chicken, venison, vegetarian and the ever popular ice cream chili. We would like to thank the State Bank, as they are the driving force behind the Chili Cook Off, and of course, thanks to the La Crosse Community for your continued support. Please come join us tomorrow, Saturday, October 14 from 11:30AM to 1:30PM at Riverside Park for this year’s version of the Chili Cook Off.

There is no need to worry about what to cook for this Saturday, October 14th! Stop on down to the 26th Annual Chili Cook off at Riverside Park from 11:30-1:30 PM! We'll even do the dishes for you 😉

We’re excited to share that we recently partnered with New Leash on Life Dog Rescue for their annual fundraising calendar. We thought it’d take a little arm twisting, but instead, several La Crosse Police Officers, Civilian Service Employees, Reserves and Explorers volunteered their time to pose with adoptable dogs. The calendars will be available at the rescue’s “Paws at the Pub” fundraising event (check out their Facebook Page), and all proceeds go towards the costs of running the rescue. A big THANKS to New Leash on Life Dog Rescue for asking us to participate! We were happy to help a local rescue, and we had a ton of fun!

It is #WantedWednesday! The below photos are of individuals regarding thefts and frauds! If you are able to identify any of these people or if you have information about the cases please contact the police department at 608-789-7240 and reference the specific case number. To remain anonymous, contact La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers at 608-784-TIPS or visit www.lacrossecrimestoppers.com to report it online. You can also download the Crime Stoppers App “P3” to submit a tip via your phone.

Would you like to enjoy a delicious meatball dinner while supporting the La Crosse Police Canine Unit? On Saturday, October 21st from 11 am-8 pm there will be a Meatball Dinner, Silent Auction and Bake Sale at the American Legion Post 52 located at 711 South 6th Street in La Crosse. The dinner is sponsored by the Apartment Association of the La Crosse Area and all proceeds go to help support the Canine Program. The tickets are $10.00 and you can purchase them before the event at the La Crosse Police Department or you can purchase them at the door for $10.00. Thank you for your continued support!

UPDATE: Dean Smith has been safely located! Thank you to everyone for the messages and help in locating him! https://www.facebook.com/lacrossepolice/photos/a.316728555012413.81914.149788275039776/1693054644046457/?type=3&theater

The La Crosse Police Department is asking for your help in locating Dean D. Smith. He was last seen in La Crosse on October 8th at noon and told family he was going to drive to the Middleton, WI area. Family has not seen or heard from him since. He is a 55 year old male and is described as 6’1, 480 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and black pants driving a 2002 GMC Envoy with Wisconsin Plate 496PER. If you have any information on Dean’s whereabouts please contact the police department at 608-785-5962. Thank you for the help!

Next Saturday at this time you could be eating some delicious chili and supporting a great cause! The 26th Annual Chili Cook Off is on October 14th from 11:30-2:30 pm in Riverside Park! All proceeds of the event support our local D.A.R.E. Programs and The La Crosse Public Education Foundation

Have a Happy Friday! Here's a little something for a chuckle on World Smile Day! 😀

Open Bike Barn Hours are today from 4:30-6:30 PM! If you cannot make it during these hours please call 789-7245 to make an appointment. The Bike Barn Auction is October 21st, viewing beings at 9 am and bidding starts at 10 am. The Bike Barn is located at Isle la Plume, 1925 Marco Drive in La Crosse.

It is #WantedWednesday! The below photos are of individuals regarding thefts and damage to property! If you are able to identify any of these people or if you have information about the cases please contact the police department at 608-789-7240 and reference the specific case number. To remain anonymous, contact La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers at 608-784-TIPS or visit www.lacrossecrimestoppers.com to report it online. You can also download the Crime Stoppers App “P3” to submit a tip via your phone.

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS BECAUSE... • Mental illness sometimes plays a role in those whom often have contact with Law Enforcement. • 1 in 5 people are living with a mental illness. In 1990 Congress officially established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week. Today, decades later, the movement continues to grow stronger. Together we fight the stigma and misunderstanding which surround those living with a mental illness. The La Crosse Police Department stands side by side with our community to break down the barriers, so those living with mental illness can get the love, support and resources they need. Our officers our trained in CIT (Crisis Intervention Training). Through CIT, Law Enforcement Officers; • Learn how to handle situations involving those in crisis and suffering from a mental illness. • Learn and practice verbal de-escalation skills; teaching officers skills to defuse a potentially violent situation before they would have to resort to other means of control and expose those with a mental illness to the criminal justice system • Bridge the gap between police response and mental health care by forming a community partnership. • Enhance their communication skills • Identify the available resources necessary to help those living with a mental illness People Matter, we all deserve to embrace our life. Please repost on your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) along with the hashtag #FutureofMentalHealth Include “MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS BECAUSE…” with your own message. https://www.namiwisconsin.org/miaw/

Did you miss the downtown Oktoberfest experience this past Saturday night?? Here is 1am to 3:30 am in 1 minute and 54 seconds. Without the hangover 😋

Last Call for Police Explorers! Know a High Schooler interested in Law Enforcement? We are accepting applications for the La Crosse Police Explorer program through this Friday - October 6th! ALL area high school students, not just La Crosse High Schools, are welcome. Download the La Crosse Police Explorer Post #3201 application here. http://www.cityoflacrosse.org/filestorage/407/465/1875/Explorer_Application.pdf Return your completed application to your high school guidance counselor, School Resource Officer, or mail it to: La Crosse Police Department ATTN: Officer Kurt Weaver 400 La Crosse Street La Crosse, WI 54601 For questions about the La Crosse Police Explorer Post, contact your high school guidance counselor, School Resource Officer, or email La Crosse Police Officer Kurt Weaver at weaverk@cityoflacrosse.org.

Coffee with a Cop is a great way for our officers and community to come together and interact in a casual setting. We will be at: Cabin Coffee 401 Jay Street Cabin Coffee 2843 Darling Ct. Uptowne Cafe and Bakery 1217 Caledonia Street