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

Important Information from the Police Reserve regarding temporary Theater Road closure…

The Coulee Region Child Abuse Prevention Task Force is holding a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings between now and the end of April. If you would like to support a great cause and eat some good food, please show your server a printed or electronic copy of this flyer. A portion of your bill will be donated to the task force.

***Subjects Identified!*** The Onalaska Police Department is looking for your assistance in identifying the people in the attached photo. We would like to speak with them in relation to a Retail Theft case. If you have information that can assist us in identifying or locating them, please contact Investigator Chad Marcon by calling (608)785-5940 or by email at cmarcon@cityofonalaska.com.

The Onalaska Police Department has immediate openings for morning and afternoon Crossing Guards. Help is needed between now and the end of the school year on June 6th. We are also recruiting for Substitute Guards to serve on an on call basis. Starting pay is $10.25 Per Hour. Additional Information and applications are available by contacting Sergeant Tim Berg at the Onalaska Police Department. Sergeant Berg can be reached by phone (608) 392-0284 or by email Tberg@cityofonalaska.com. Please consider helping us get our children to and from school safely.

The Onalaska Police Department would like to welcome Officer Colin Riley to our staff. Officer Riley is from La Crosse and graduated from Western Technical College. Officer Riley was sworn in at last night’s City Council meeting.

***Subject Identified!*** The Onalaska Police Department is looking for your assistance in identifying the male in the attached photos. We would like to speak with him in relation to a vandalism case at the Great River Landing. If you have information that can assist us in identifying or locating him, please contact Investigator Chad Marcon by calling (608)785-5940 or by email at cmarcon@cityofonalaska.com.

April is Child Abuse Prevention month. To spread awareness in our community, Officer Myers and Sgt. Jobe partnered with students and staff at St. Patrick's School to tie blue ribbons on their playground fence.

The Onalaska Police Department has immediate openings for morning and afternoon Crossing Guards. Help is needed between now and the end of the school year on June 6th. We are also recruiting for Substitute Guards to serve on an on call basis. Additional Information and applications are available by contacting Sergeant Tim Berg at the Onalaska Police Department. Sergeant Berg can be reached by phone (608) 392-0284 or by email Tberg@cityofonalaska.com. Please consider helping us get our children to and from school safely.

Update...Main Street is now open! Xcel Energy is on scene. They estimate repairs will take approximately 8 Hours. Main Street will remain closed during this time. Residents and businesses can expect intermittent power outages while repairs are taking place.

***Traffic Alert*** Main Street is closed between 14th Avenue North and 17th Avenue North due to a power pole that was on fire. It is not known how long the road will be closed. Emergency Crews are waiting for the arrival of Xcel Energy. Please avoid the area.

**Important Reminder Related to Alternate Side Parking** Per City of Onalaska Ordinance 10-1-29 the Onalaska Police Department will continue to enforce Alternate Side Parking through the end of March. We encourage you to be mindful of where you are parking so you avoid receiving a citation.

The Onalaska Police Department and the La Crosse County Traffic Safety Task Force would like to wish everyone a Happy St Patrick’s Day. Please celebrate responsibly. We will have extra officers on duty looking for those that choose to drink and drive. Here are a few tips to ensure everyone has a safe weekend: -If you plan to celebrate, choose a sober designated driver. Make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up. Watch your speed, be patient and alert. -If you’re feeling buzzed, you’re likely over the 0.08 BAC limit and should not drive. Take public transit, a taxicab or ask a sober friend to drive you home. -Download WisDOT’s free Drive Sober mobile app that includes a blood alcohol estimator, designated driver selector, and find-a-ride feature that uses a smart phone’s GPS to identify transportation alternatives. -Report impaired drivers to law enforcement by calling 911.

Investigator Pete Jakowski along with the rest of the staff at Onalaska Police Department would like to thank Buffalo Wild Wings and their amazing staff for hosting the 2018 Cops Gone Wild Event. We would also like to thank our La Crosse area law enforcement partners and everyone from the community that showed up to help support Special Olympics. Through the efforts of BWW, Local Law Enforcement, Special Olympic Athletes and those who came out to the event we were able to raise nearly $3,000. See you next year!

It is with heavy hearts that the Onalaska Police Department announces the passing of our first K-9 Czak. Czak became the Onalaska Police Department’s first K-9 on October 5, 2009 and retired September 21, 2017. Czak was diagnosed with cancer in January of this year. He died February 21, 2018. Czak and his K-9 handler, Officer Dan McCluskey, had a stellar career during their 8 years together. Czak will be missed. Please keep the McCluskey family in your thoughts and prayers during this tough time.

***Incident Cleared*** The Onalaska Police and Fire Departments are currently working a crash with injuries in the area of Highway 16 and Interstate 90. Expect Delays.

Scam Alert An Onalaska resident recently reported a scam to the police department. The person received a text message that appeared to be from a friend. The text told the person the friend had received money as part of a new federal program. Additional text messages encouraged the potential victim to send money so they could receive funds as well. It was determined that the senders account had been hacked and they had not sent the message nor had they received any money. Please remember that you should never have to send money to claim money. Any requests to send gift cards, I-Tune Cards, Green Dot Cards or Western Union Transfers are scams. If someone asks you to send them something and you are suspicious of the transaction contact the police before sending anything of value.

Are you hungry? Today is the day for the 8th Annual Cops Gone Wild event at Buffalo Wild Wings. Onalaska Police Officers and will be at the restaurant from Noon to 8:00 today visiting with guests and helping raise money for Special Olympics. The wing eating contest starts at 5:00. Please stop out and see us!

Who will win the 2018 Wing Eating Contest? The Onalaska Police Department and Buffalo Wild Wings are teaming up for the 8th annual Cops Gone Wild Event. This year’s event is tomorrow from Noon to 8:00 p.m. The annual wing eating contest will start at 5:00 p.m. This year’s contest will feature Athletes, Patrol Officers and Police Chiefs. Please come and show your support for Special Olympics. We look forward to seeing you!

The Onalaska Police Department is conducting an investigation related to the two bicycles pictured below. The first picture is of a bike that was stolen from a residence on 4th Avenue North. The missing bike is a Trek Excalibur Mountain Bike. The second picture is of a bike that was left at the scene by the suspect. The recovered bike is a Giant Revel Mountain Bike. If you recognize either of the bicycles in these pictures or have information regarding the theft, please contact Officer Terry Lund at (608)781-9550.

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the first 9-1-1 Call. The first call was placed in Haleyville, Alabama on February 16, 1968. We have had 9-1-1 services in La Crosse County for the past 35 years. These calls are answered by the La Crosse County Public Safety Communications Center. The first 9-1-1 call in our area was made on January 4th 1983. This call was related to an emergency medical situation. Since its inception the La Crosse County Public Safety Communications Center has answered more than 850,000 9-1-1 calls. The Onalaska Police Department is very appreciative of the valuable and often difficult work our dispatchers have provided for us during the past 35 years.

The Onalaska Police Officers and Reserve Unit are gearing up for Cops Gone Wild at Buffalo Wild Wings. It will be held on Thursday, February 22nd from 12pm-8pm, with a Wing Eating contest at 5:00pm. Chief Trotnic is set to defend his wing eating title after claiming 1st place last year in the Chief's category! Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics. Come out and join us for good food and fun!

***Incident Cleared***Traffic Alert:. Crash on Highway 157 at Interstate 90 involving a signal knock down. Expect Delays.

January 22-26 is Wisconsin School Crossing Guard Recognition Week. Crossing guards are on their post protecting the children rather its 80 degrees and sunny, snowing, raining, sleeting, or -20 degrees. The Onalaska Police Department appreciates the job that our crossing guards do. Please make sure to pay attention and slow down while in the school zones and watch out for the crossing guards. If you get the opportunity please tell them job well done.

Onalaska is currently under a Winter Weather Advisory. If you have to travel, please allow for extra time. Drive careful and arrive safe. Go to http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=43.89&lon=-91.2#.WmUnbKinGUk to learn more about the pending weather conditions.