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

It is #WantedWednesday! The below photos are of individuals involved in thefts. 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 to report it online. You can also download the Crime Stoppers App “P3” to submit a tip via your phone.

YES – Today it’s officially spring! Thinking about some spring cleaning? Maybe going through your old clothes? The La Crosse Police suggest you also go through your medicine cabinet. Medicine cabinet???? Yes – La Crosse Police, along with many of the other local police departments have “Drug Drop Boxes” in their facilities. So when you go to do your spring cleaning, go through that medicine cabinet. Get those old prescription medicines out of there. Check the dates on your over the counter medicines as well, many have expiration dates. Take those old meds, dump them in a Ziploc bag & bring them to us or your local drug drop box! Using the drop boxes ensure these meds do not end up in the wrong hands & makes sure they are disposed of safely. Please keep in mind we do not accept liquids or needles in the drop boxes! Happy spring cleaning!!

La Crosse Police Stop Out at Hmong Community Day Officers Stephan Hughes, Nick Raddant and Alex Vang stopped in at the Hmong Community Day event to meet members of the Hmong community and get a glimpse of the plight of the Hmong people. As a side benefit, they were able to taste a few delicious dishes. We would like to thank the Hmong community for their hospitality and inviting us to their event!

La Crosse Police would like to extend our condolences to the family of Larry Clark. Larry worked for the City of La Crosse Police Department from 1968 to 1988.

Sometimes it is a simple "thank you" note that can make a person's day. We too appreciate when we receive them!

EXCELLENT ADVICE!! And bike registration is FREE for the City of La Crosse.

It is #WantedWednesday! Police are currently looking for Jacob N. Stanles (DOB 06-14-1993). Jacob is described as a Male Caucasian, 5’11”, 173lbs, blonde hair and hazel eyes. Jacob has a Department of Corrections Warrant in Wisconsin for his arrest and multiple warrants for his arrest in the State of Minnesota, including one warrant for felon in possession of a firearm. In the past, Jacob has been in possession of firearms. If you know where Jacob Stanles is, please use caution, and contact your local police department. You can also remain anonymous, by contacting the La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers at 608-784-TIPS or visit to report it online. You can also download the Crime Stoppers App “P3” to submit a tip via your phone.

Police Explorer Program: The La Crosse Police have another group of local high school aged kids coming through our Police Explorer program. This past week they received a presentation on the Emergency Response Team. The presentation included demonstrations of the equipment used by the tactical team and a ride in the MRAP.

PUBLIC NOTICE: 1800 Marco Dr - Municipal Boat Harbor - Removal of Property This is a Public Notice to any one who has property at 1800 Marco Dr - Municipal Boat Harbor. All boats, trailers and property must be removed from the property by March 31st, 2018. The City of La Crosse has served property owners that could be Identified with a written notice, however not all property owners could be identified. We are asking that if you do have property on the premise, that it be removed.

#InternationalWomensDay Today we come together to recognize the many women who have served the La Crosse Police Department with dedication and distinction. These women have served in various roles from administrative services, to Civilian Service Employees, to sworn Officers. We would like to thank these women for their many sacrifices and celebrate their contributions to the La Crosse community and our department.

USE OF FACEBOOK SOLVES A CRIME! On March 6 at 5:52PM, La Crosse Police responded to a theft complaint that had occurred at Gundersen Health System. The complainant reported that a piece of medical equipment worth $700 went missing. A few hours later, the complainant noticed the same item up for sale on Facebook marketplace. La Crosse Police Officer Alex Vang reviewed the Facebook posting and messaged the seller in an attempt to “purchase” the item. The suspect agreed to meet Officer Vang to sell him the equipment for $150.00. Officer Vang, with assistance from Officer Nate Lewis, contacted the suspect and confirmed she was in possession of the stolen medical equipment. After questioning, the suspect admitted stealing the equipment. The suspect was identified as Amanda N. Pedrin and was subsequently arrested for the theft of medical equipment, as well as four warrants and operating after revocation. Great work by the staff at Gundersen Health System and by Officer Vang for taking immediate action to avoid the medical equipment being sold!

Color with a Cop Success! This morning, La Crosse Police Officers had fun volunteering their time at Hamilton Early Learning Center. The students spent time with the Officers, coloring, showing off their creativity, and asking some pretty great questions. We’d like to thank everyone that donated to our “Color with a Cop” art and school supply donation drive. Officers were able to deliver a TON of supplies to Hamilton. Thank you!

Stay alert and drive safe out there!

WHAT A PLUNGE! Thank you to all who supported, took part and donated to the Polar Plunge this weekend. Here are a few pictures of the La Crosse Police Officers who took the plunge this morning. Our LCPD Team raised $1500.00 for Special Olympics.

Life Skills to be GREAT! The La Crosse Police Department has long been committed to prevention programming to help our youth make safe and healthy decisions in their lives. The G.R.E.A.T. program is one of our hallmark programs that has 13 life lessons based on research to improve a child's refusal skills, make good decisions, and engage in prosocial activity (just to name a few). This past week Officer Bembnister completed these 13 lessons with 4 of the 6th grade classes at Longfellow Middle School. The 13 lessons culimate with a "Graduation" and the class doing a project based on "Making our Community GREAT". In the photos you will see one of the four classes that just graduated. Additionally there is a photo of the one of the groups' projects - which was to make "rag bones" to give to the local humane society. Congratulations to all of the graduates!!

Sunny and 50 degrees! Who wouldn’t want to jump into the Mississippi River in Wisconsin? We are hours away from the 20th Anniversary of the La Crosse Polar Plunge. Officer Erdmann and the Polar Plunge Crew are at Pettibone Beach preparing and setting up for the weekend events. Part of their tasks include clearing approximately 2 feet of ice for participants to take the plunge. There is still time to register! If the “plunge” is not for you, please consider donating to those brave souls who will be participating.

REMINDER: Application process for Police Officer position closes this Friday!

LEARN ABOUT YOUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM – Post #5: It has been several weeks since we have updated our “Burglary Investigation Leads to ‘One Stop, Drug Shop’ and Loaded Hand Gun” post from Tuesday January 16th. This is our 5th post on this case and the progression for each defendant through the justice system with the focus being to help the public understand the criminal justice system as a whole. In this post we will discuss 2 legal issues: 1st is the “Substitution of Judge” and the 2nd is “Amending of Charges”; both of which were done with Debrian Hayes. Here are the actions since update #4 for each person and an explanation of the process. • Dai’Twon E’Shawn Cowson – Was out of jail on a second Signature Bond, missed an initial appearance and had a Capias issued by the judge on 01-25-18 for bond violation which ultimately resulted in a Bench Warrant being issued on 01-30-2018. On 02-16-2018 Cowson was arrested by Toledo OH police after a vehicle pursuit and is being held in Lucas County OH on charges stemming from that incident. Additionally, Cowson has had a 4th incident charged against him on an open police investigation on 02-15-2018. At this time Cowson has 4 open cases in La Crosse county for the following charges: 4 Burglaries, 8 Credit Card Frauds, 2 Concealing Stolen Property, 1 Theft, 1 Bail Jumping, 1 Fraud Against Taxi. • Jerrad A. Simms – Had a Preliminary Hearing on 02-05-2018. The Court dismissed 5 of the 6 drug charges. The only charge remaining against Simms is Party to the Crime of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. • Lennel L. Davis Jr. – Posted a $2500 Cash Bond, had a hearing on 02/05/18 to determine if legal representation and then had a public defender appointed on 02-15-2018. No Preliminary Hearing scheduled yet or additional court action taken. • Debrian A. Hayes – Legal representation was established, his new attorney requested and received a “Substitution of Judge”. WI Statute 971.20 states “In any criminal action, the defendant has a right to only one substitution of a judge”. In our case, Hayes charges were initially assigned to Judge Bjerke’s court but were then changed to Judge Doyle. There was a preliminary hearing set for 02-12-2018; however, on that date District Attorney’s office amended Hayes’ charges from the original 6 drug charges to a single charge of Possession of Amphetamine. WI Statute 971.29 allows a criminal complaint to be amended any time prior to the preliminary hearing. In light of the reduced charging (now a misdemeanor), Hayes was released on a Signature Bond and has a pretrial conference scheduled for 03-23-2018 with the District Attorney and then a “Status” hearing on 04-26-2018. • Jesse J. Stringer – No new updates since post #4 on January 27th. • Gwenee Lawson – No new updates since post #4 on January 27th.

It is #WantedWednesday! The below photos are of individuals involved in theft and fraud cases. If you are able to identify them 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(8477) or visit to report it online. You can also download the Crime Stoppers App “P3” to submit a tip via your phone.

“Freezin’ for a Reason!” There is still time to register to “Take the Plunge!” Plunging into a body of water in March isn’t your thing? Well, look at all the other events surrounding this great cause and you don’t even have to get wet! For more information or to register click the link below. Event Schedule Friday, March 2 @ Pettibone Beach • Free Shuttles: 4:00pm – 8:00pm • Registration & Check In: 4:30pm – 7:00pm • Entertainment: 5:00pm – 8:00pm • Freezin’ for A Reason 5K Begins: 6:00pm • Freezin’ for A Reason 5K Awards: 6:45pm • Opening Ceremonies & Moonlight Plunge Begins: 7:00pm Concessions, Souvenirs & S’Mores Available On-Site Saturday, March 3 @ Pettibone Beach • Free Shuttles: 8:30am – 1:00pm • Registration: 9:00am – 12:00pm • Entertainment: 10:00a – 1:00pm • Opening Ceremonies: 10:45am • Pee Wee Plunging & Polar Plunging: 11:00am

Rough Weekend for LCPD Officers: Many of our officers get asked what it is like being a police officer. Instead of explaining how tough it can be, here is an unedited email from a shift commander summarizing one of our calls from this past weekend: Domestic 18-08511: On 2/25/18 at 11:46pm, Officers were dispatched to a Domestic at 1901 Miller St #2. Several neighbors called in and reported arguing and banging coming from the apartment of Jennifer and Louis Steele. Due to our history with Louis Steele, four officers arrived and knocked on the door. Louis Steel opened to door and was instantly combative. More officers arrived on scene and eventually Steele was taken into custody. During the struggle with Steele, an officer deployed a Taser striking Steele with one probe and striking Officer Jacobs with the other probe. Both Steele and Officer Jacobs were tased as a result. Also during the struggle, Steele bit down on Officer Lange’s hand very hard for about 10 seconds. Numerous focused strikes were delivered to Steele’s head/face and he eventually let go. On the way to the jail, Steele was kicking out the back window of Squad 32 but there was no damage to the squad. Officer Jacobs completed an injury report but did not seek medical attention. Officer Lange went to Gundersen to have his hand x-rayed. The skin was broken in several places but there are no broken bones and he was cleared to return to duty. He did not go back on the road during this shift because he had a large bandage on his shooting hand. The domestic was found to be verbal only. Steele is in jail and was charged with DCx2, Resisting Arrest Causing Injury, and Battery to a PO. Mr. Steele will appear in court today.

Please join us in congratulating new Officers Graham Eddy and Cody Ratkovich who were sworn-in this morning! Both Graham and Cody have been with us as Civilian Service Employees, and we’re excited for them to start then next chapter of their careers with the La Crosse Police Department. With the hiring of Officers Eddy and Ratkovich, the La Crosse Police Department staffing level is currently at 98 sworn officers. Officers Eddy and Ratkovich’s hiring was made possible through the 2017 COPS Hiring Program Grant from the Department of Justice – Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, as well as strong support from Mayor Tim Kabat, the Common Council, and the entire La Crosse Community. Congratulations to Graham and Cody! Welcome to the La Crosse Police family!

Throwback Thursday In honor of the Polar Plunge, here are a few photos from the past. We are just over a week away from the Annual Polar Plunge, March 2nd and 3rd. There is still time to join "Freezin' for a Reason." This year marks the 20th year for La Crosse's Polar Plunge. To register to "take the plunge" or to Volunteer for this family-friendly event to raise awareness and money for local Special Olympics Athletes, please click the link below.