Onalaska Police Department

  • Agency: Onalaska Police Department
  • Address: 415 Main Street, Onalaska, 54650 WI
  • Chief: Jeffrey S Trotnic (Chief of Police)

Onalaska Police Department is located at 415 Main Street, Onalaska, 54650 WI. The Chief of Police of the department is Jeffrey S Trotnic. The Onalaska Police Department phone number is (608) 785-5940.

Onalaska Police Department News

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING STARTS NOVEMBER 15th! It is that time of year where alternate side parking starts again. Alternate side parking is governed by ordinance 10-1-29 and reads in part: A system of alternate side parking is hereby established for the City of Onalaska between 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., vehicles shall be parked only on even numbered sides of the streets on those nights with an even calendar date and on odd numbered sides of the streets on those nights with an odd calendar date, except where parking is prohibited on one side of the street for the entire block immediately across from a residence or building. Where parking is prohibited on one side of the street for an entire block or more directly across from a residence or building, vehicles may be parked on that permitted side nightly excluding corner properties. Alternate side parking goes through April 1st.

The Onalaska Police Department is looking for your assistance in identifying and locating the male in the attached photos. He is a person of interest in a recent Retail Theft. If you have information that could assist us in identifying or locating him, please contact Officer Tyler Thilges by calling (608)785-5940 or by email at tthilges@cityofonalaska.com

There will be a fundraiser being held at the Hidden Trails Corn Maze in West Salem that benefits the Onalaska Police Department's K-9 program. The dates are October 21st and 22nd (this Saturday & Sunday) from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. See the attached flyer for additional details.

***HIGHWAY 16 IS NOW OPEN***The Onalaska Police Department is working a rollover accident on highway 16 across from the landfill. Expect possible minor delays as late as noon. Please avoid this area if possible.

The chili weather is here so come on out and join us at Riverside Park in La Crosse on Saturday for the 26th Annual State Bank Chili Cook Off. It's a great opportunity to enjoy some delicious chili and support some great causes! Team OPD will be there serving a wildly spicy Witches Brew Chili with a side dish of the spiciest slaw you have ever eaten...guaranteed! Proceeds benefit area D.A.R.E. programs and the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. Hope to see you there!

Crossing Guards Needed... The Onalaska Police Department has an immediate opening for a PM Crossing Guard at Sandlake and Quincy. Hours are from 2:45pm to 3:45pm Monday through Friday during the School year. Starting pay is $10.25 per hour. We are also recruiting for substitute guards to serve on an on call basis. Applications are available on the City of Onalaska website or by contacting Pam Sharp at the Onalaska Police Department. Pam is also available to answer questions and can be reached at (608) 392-0275. Please help us get our children to and from school safely.

Onalaska Fire Department Open House- The Onalaska Fire Department will be hosting their annual open house this Saturday (October 14th) from 10:00 A.M.-Noon. Come visit the fire department's Dalmatian Cinder and Blaze, Med-Link Helicopter (11:00 A.M.-Noon), Tri-State Ambulance, La Crosse County Falls Prevention Coalition, and Educational Fire and Life Safety displays. You can even get free cookies! Come out with the family and enjoy seeing the fire trucks and so much more.

Missing Your Bike? During the past several months many bikes have been recovered in Onalaska. They were likely stolen from somewhere in Onalaska or one of our surrounding communities. If you have had a bike stolen, and it has not been located, please contact the Onalaska Police Department to see if we have it. You can reach us at 608-781-9550.

Today is the day!!! Our drive thru is set up and the grill has been lit. Please consider supporting the Onalaska Police Reserve. Chicken will be served from 11:00 to 6:30 or until gone. Meals are $9 and all proceeds will benefit the police reserve. Meals include chicken, potato salad, beans and dinner roll. Drive thru entrance is located on Main Street.

The Police Reserve Chicken Q is Thursday September 7th. Please consider supporting them. See complete details below!

THE ONALASKA POLICE DEPARTMENT TEAMS UP WITH CENTERING ONALASKA TO GIVE AWAY ROOT BEER FLOATS! The City of Onalaska is excited to announce the greatly anticipated grand opening of Phase 1 of the Great River Landing Project. There will be an open house and ribbon cutting on Saturday August 26, 2017 at the Great River Landing at 2:00pm City staff will be available to walk visitors through the site and view the amenities available. The Onalaska Police Department & Centering Onalaska will be giving away root beer floats from 1:30-3:00 P.M. or until supplies run out. “This event represents a massive amount of collaboration between the City and its citizens. We would like to invite everyone to come out, enjoy the day and celebrate this milestone in making our great community even better,” said Onalaska Mayor Joe Chilsen.

The Onalaska Police Department will be doing child I.D.'s today at the Celebrate Summer Family Fun Fair from 1:00-4:00 P.M. today (August 20th). The event is being held at the Chad Erickson Memorial Park located at 3601 Park Lane Drive in La Crosse. There are a lot of other fun family events being held. For additional information go to http://www.cityoflacrosse.org/content/407/461/4924/7461/default.aspx

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over... The Onalaska Police Department and the La Crosse County Traffic Safety Task Force are participating in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign. This program involves extra traffic enforcement and runs between August 18th and September 4th. During this period officers will be concentrating on seatbelt, speed, and OWI enforcement. Help the Onalaska Police Department and the La Crosse County Traffic Safety Task Force work towards zero traffic deaths in Wisconsin. Wear your seatbelt, drive the speed limit and never drink and drive! Operating under the influence is preventable: -Choose a sober designated driver before you start drinking -If you’re feeling buzzed, you are likely over the .08 limit -Most taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons with a safe ride home -Report impaired drivers to law enforcement

Congratulations to Lydia Houge for her D.A.R.E. essay that was awarded Runner Up at the State level! She was honored today at a press conference at the La Crosse Police Department. Lydia is a former 5th grade student from St.Patrick School and someone who chooses to live a healthy, drug-free and violence-free life. Lydia is shown here with Chief Trotnic and her D.A.R.E. instructor, Officer Myers. Thanks for making Onalaska proud, Lydia!

Earlier today we asked for your assistance in identifying the male in this picture. After receiving several tips we have been able to make a positive identification. The suspect is currently in the La Crosse County Jail on unrelated charges. Although our investigation into this matter is ongoing, we no longer need to identify the suspect. Thank you for your help!

***In Custody***The Onalaska Police Department is looking for your assistance identifying the male in the attached photos. He is a suspect in a bike theft. If you have information that can assist us in identifying him, please contact Officer Rick Proctor by calling (608)781-9550 or by email at rproctor@cityofonalaska.com

Onalaska Police Department National Night Out 2017

The Onalaska Police Department's 8th Annual National Night Out is in the books. At the end of the evening those involved with the event were simply amazed at the show of support we received. Every year we wonder if it will continue to have more people attend and see what we have to offer. 2016 was a busy year for us, but nothing compared to this year. There were a few hiccups during the evening, the overwhelming number of attendees had lines fairly long, but overall, we received countless accolades along the way. Many thanks go out to those that assisted the Onalaska Police Department in making this the best year yet. For starters, it cannot be done without our volunteers. There were many police officers that spent their evening serving the community as well as our police reserves who cooked well over 1,000 hot dogs and 400 brats and all was sold out by the end of the evening. The Blue Moon put on another stellar car show. This was our biggest year yet with over 50 entries. WOW! Thank you Blue Moon! Cody the Buffalo was a huge hit as well were his furry friends that accompanied as part of the petting zoo. A huge shout out goes to the Big E who adjusted their inflatable count on short notice (this weekend). Adjustments were made leading up to the evening just based on the amount of attention our Facebook post from last Friday was receiving. Overall that Facebook post reached over 46,000 people, received 189 comments, 323 likes, and 399 shares. Another huge WOW! We knew tonight was going to be huge based on what was happening on Facebook, we just did not know just how large it was going to be. Also, thank you to the Onalaska Fire Department for bringing the water games to the event. The kids always enjoy what you bring. One last shout out to our two face painters, Nicole and Kelsie, who painted who knows how many faces. You did not get one break and the lines were insanely long. You two ROCK! Every year we make adjustments for the next year based on the previous year’s results. Some of those adjustments are not easily achieved because we rely on many volunteers throughout our community. This year we increased our inflatable count, doubled our face painters, made modifications to the food line, and added additional things for attendees to see and do. There will definitely be modifications in 2018 as well. We have already had one person come up and volunteer their face painting skills, so we very well may double our face painters again. The biggest thanks go out to the citizens of Onalaska and surrounding communities who showed up to support us and had gracious comments upon gracious comments to share. Thank you for the patience that is took to wait through the long lines and for waiting out the bit of rain that mother nature threw our way. Although our 9th Annual National Night Out seems so far away (August 7th, 2018), we hope you enjoyed your evening enough to come back out next year. Pictures from this year's event will be forthcoming in the next couple of days.

Just as a reminder, next Tuesday (August 1st) is our 8th Annual National Night out at Quincy Community Park (East Ave. & Quincy) from 5:00-8:30 P.M. WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? -Dinner for a buck (hot dog, chips and a drink) -Brat dinner for $2 -Snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy for a quarter -Car show (FREE) -Petting zoo (FREE) -Cody the Buffalo (FREE) -Water wars with the Fire Department (FREE) -Inflatables from BIG E (FREE) -Home Depot Children's Work Shop (FREE) -Police Car display including La Crosse County ERT's new armored vehicle (FREE) -Mathy Construction large dump truck (FREE) -Military Vehicle (FREE) -Gabriel Holmes the Hypnotist (6:30-7:30) (FREE) -Legion locomotive giving rides through the neighborhood (FREE) -La Crosse Club will be teaching kids how to throw La Crosse (FREE) -Sawdust pile for money and prizes (FREE) -Contests for prizes (hula hoop, watermelon eating and seed spitting contest, potato sack race) (FREE) -Face Painting (FREE) -Games for the chance to win prizes (FREE) ---Football toss ---Baseball toss ---Plinko ---Flamingo ring toss ---Dice game ---Water balloon sling shot ---Toilet toss ---Clown face bean bag toss ---Bucket bean bag toss -There will be several informational booths ---Courtesy Corp (game to play & giving away FREE apple dippers) ---Mutual of Omaha (distribute fingerprint kits for kids) ---Gundersen (Distributing safety information and game to play) ---Mayo (distributing information) ---Centering Onalaska (distributing information & FREE Root Beer floats) -RAFFLE FOR PRIZE GIVEAWAYS (FREE-MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN: RAFFLE GIVEAWAY STARTS AT 8:10 P.M.) ---Paw Patrol Ride-On Trike ---Fischer Price Little People Ride On Trike ---Retro Rocket Ride On Trike ---Cars Deluxe Ride On Trike ---Princess Light & Sound Ride On Trike ---Radio Flyer Ready to Ride Trike ---Boys 12 inch Rock It Bike ---Girls 12 inch Princess Bike ---Boys 16 inch NEXT Flare Bike ---Girls 16 Inch NEXT Butterfly Bike ---Boys 18 inch NEXT Wipeout Bike ---Girls 18 inch NEXT Girls Pack Bike ---Boys 26 inch Mountain Bike ---Girls 26 inch Huffy Bike ---32 inch Smart TV ---Adirondack dual chair set ---3-Piece Folding Bistro set ---Gas Fire Pit with tank ---Gas Grill with tank ---LG LOUD R portable stereo with blue tooth ---Camrose Farmhouse Outdoor bench ---Mainstays 3-Person swing with canopy ---Ozark Trails 2-seat Camo swing with canopy ---Wooden cooler ---7 Piece patio set (donated by Home Depot) This event is only made possible with our sponsors who help us give back to the community. There literally is something for all ages. Come out and enjoy a fun filled evening as a community. You do not need to be an Onalaska resident to attend this event. We hope to see you there.

National Night Out update! For those who attended this year’s Friday Family Fun Night that was hosted by the Onalaska Police Department in conjunction with Celebrate Onalaska, you were able to see Cody the Buffalo. There have been inquiries from some wondering if Cody the Buffalo will be part of our National Night Out event. We just recently confirmed that Cody will be in attendance at our event next week in conjunction with our annual petting zoo. Also, FOX 25/48 will start airing our National Night Out commercial today. You can view the commercial by clicking on https://youtu.be/M1vOFzLeFr0. For those that are viewing our National Night Out post for the first time, see our previous Facebook post that has the event flyer attached. We hope to see you next Tuesday, August 1st from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at the Quincy Community Park located at East Ave. and Quincy Street. There will be fun for all!

On July 18th we asked for your assistance identifying the male in this photo. Using a tip from a fan our investigators were able to locate and take 20 year old Damien Buerger into custody. Buerger is being held on a probation warrant and he will likely be facing additional charges stemming from a residential burglary. Thanks for the help Facebook Crime Solvers!

***In Custody!!!***The Onalaska Police Department is looking for your assistance identifying the male in the attached photos. He is a person of interest in an ongoing burglary/fraud case. He is known to operate the car in the 3rd photo. If you have information that can assist us in identifying him, please contact Investigator Chad Marcon by calling (608)392-0286 or by email at cmarcon@cityofonalaska.com

SAVE THE DATE: 8TH ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OUT More specifics will be provided as we get closer to the date of our 8th Annual National Night Out. The event flyer has been attached. If you want to have an evening of family fun which includes our popular Blue Moon car show, Home Depot Kid's Workshop, petting zoo, meal for a buck, ride on the Legion Locomotive, play games, win prizes, bounce on bounce houses, be hypnotized or watch others be hypnotized and much more, then the Onalaska Police Department's National Night Out is where you will want to be. If you have never been to this event and looking for something to do on a Tuesday night then you are encouraged to do so. Oh, by the way, it is all FREE FREE FREE except for food and drinks which are modestly priced for all to afford. We hope to see you and your family at the Quincy Street Park on August 1st.

Earlier this morning we asked for your assistance in identifying the female in this photo. Through the assistance of our fans we have been able to make a positive identification. Identification of the female has assisted us with an ongoing retail theft investigation. Thanks for the help/shares and please continue to watch our page for future postings.

***Subject Identified***The Onalaska Police Department is looking for your assistance identifying the female in the attached photos. If you have information that could assist us in identifying her, please contact Officer Barry Holm by calling (608)785-5940 or by email at bholm@cityofonalaska.com