Manitowoc Police Department

  • Agency: Manitowoc Police Department
  • Address: 910 Jay Street, Manitowoc, 54220 WI
  • Chief: Perry Kingsbury (Chief of Police)
Phone: (920) 686-6500
Fax: (920) 686-6588

Manitowoc Police Department is located at 910 Jay Street, Manitowoc, 54220 WI. The Chief of Police of the department is Perry Kingsbury. The Manitowoc Police Department phone number is (920) 686-6500.

Manitowoc Police Department News

On Friday, May 11, 2018, the 28th annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony was held at noon at the Memorial site located on the Capitol grounds in Madison. The annual ceremony, honoring and remembering Wisconsin law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, is held in correlation with National Police Week activities. During this year’s ceremony four names were officially added to the Memorial, bringing the total amount of Wisconsin law enforcement officers listed on the Memorial to 277. Two of those names were discovered through historical research. On September 6, 1895, Sheboygan Police Department Special Officer Charles Freiherr was struck and killed by a switch engine as he was checking the rail yard for trespassers. On February 13, 1943, Milwaukee Police Department Lieutenant Albert Grosskopf responded, as the Incident Commander, to an apartment fire in a four story building. While on the scene, Lt. Grosskopf suddenly collapsed. He was rushed to an area hospital where he died of a heart attack. On March 22, 2017, Everest Metropolitan Police Department Detective Jason Weiland responded to a domestic disturbance related active shooter incident where three civilians were killed. As Detective Weiland attempted to set up an outer perimeter around the suspect's apartment building, Detective Weiland was shot and fatally wounded. On April 11, 2017, Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper Anthony Borostowski was on patrol and lost control of his patrol squad. Trooper Borostowski’s patrol squad left the road and struck a tree. Trooper Borostowski was fatally injured in the crash. Ceremony speakers include Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and Wisconsin State Patrol Superintendent J.D. Lind. Additionally, members of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Eau Claire Police Department, Fitchburg Police Department, Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office, Menomonee Falls Police Department, Two Rivers Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin State Patrol Honor Guards will post guards at the memorial site starting at sunrise. Similar to the military guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, two Law Enforcement Honor Guard members will continually encircle the memorial site from approximately 5:30 AM until the memorial ceremony at noon.

Hundreds of fifth and sixth graders from the Manitowoc Public School District gathered today at Silver Creek Park to participate in the School Safety Patrol Picnic. Our School Resource Officers and D.A.R.E Officers, along with Sgt. Jacobs and Det. Trilling were on hand to assist with the activities. Looks like everyone is having a great time today!!

Do you know how National Police Week started? In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Each year on May 13th, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund produces its annual Candlelight Vigil—a signature event of National Police Week in Washington, DC. During the Candlelight Vigil, fallen officers whose names were engraved on the Memorial’s walls that spring are formally dedicated. In 2017, the Candlelight Vigil was held on the National Mall between 4th & 7th Streets. In addition to the lighting of candles and reading of names, the Candlelight Vigil included remarks by dignitaries, and musical tributes performed to honor the memory of these fallen officers.

The Manitowoc Police Department is asking the public for assistance in locating the owner of a dog that bit someone when they crossed paths on the north sidewalk in the 1800 block of Marshall Street on May 15th between 4pm and 4:30pm. The victim informed police that he was walking west on Marshall Street when he met a white male who was wearing red shorts, a gray tank top and sandals. The male had a husky build, appeared to be in his early 30s, had very short blonde hair, and had short facial hair. He was walking a dog similar to a German Shepherd, but it had short brown hair with dark spots. The dog jumped on the victim and scratched and bit him before the owner could control the dog. The victim and the owner had a short conversation before the victim had to continue walking to be to work on time. We are asking for the owner to come forward so we can obtain the proper documentation for the dog. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Manitowoc Police Department at (920) 686-6551.

We would like to share some photos taken at our Law Enforcement Memorial Service held at the Manitowoc County Courthouse this afternoon. Thank you to everyone that attended.

********* ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE ******** Westbound Calumet Avenue from Dewey Street to Rapids Road will be closed to traffic due to crane work. The work is scheduled to start TODAY, Tuesday, May 15th at 8:45 a.m. Traffic will be detoured northwest on Dewey Street to Rapids Road going south on Rapids Road back to Calumet Avenue. It is anticipated that the work will be completed by Noon today, May 15th.

The public is welcome to attend the Peace Officer Memorial Service today, May 15th, at 2:45 the memorial between the Manitowoc County Courthouse and Manitowoc County Jail in the 1000 block of S. 8th St. This ceremony is not only to honor the three (3) Manitowoc Police Department's Officers Killed In The Line of Duty, Patrolman Fed Mueller EOW 07/05/1932, Patrolman Lawrence Metsker, EOW 02/25/1976 and Patrolman Dale TenHaken, EOW 09/23/1998, but to also recognize Kiel Police Department's Marshal Edmund Hanske, EOW 08/23/1914, along with Two Rivers Police Department's Police Officer Leo Rocque, EOW 10/05/1926 and Police Officer Thomas Dodge, EOW 09/10/1975 and finally Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office Deputy David C. Hibbard, EOW 05/08/1982 who all paid the ultimate sacrifice. This ceremony is in honor to those who have died serving their communities. A small reception will immediately follow the ceremony at the Manitowoc Police Department Training Room at 910 Jay Street.

This morning we welcomed two new officers to the Manitowoc Police Department Family. Officer Matt Klein and Officer Austin Schleis who were sworn in by Deputy City Clerk MacKenzie Reed-Kadow. Also in attendance were Lt. Paul Behrendt, Capt. David Vorpahl, Chief Nick Reimer, Deputy Chief Rob Barbier and Sgt. Bruce Jacobs. Welcome to the MTPD Family!

National Police Week - Sunday, May 13th through Saturday, May 19th, 2018

********** LANE CLOSURE NOTICE ********** Washington Street between South 16th and South 17th St. will have one lane closed in each direction on Monday, May 14th. No Parking will be permitted on Washington St. between S. 16th and S. 17th St. during these lane closures. The lane closures are needed in order to accommodate the replacement of a gas service. It is anticipated that the lanes will be reopened to traffic by the end of the workday.

Can you smell the fabulous food that the Citizen's Academy is cooking today at Festival Foods Brat Barn! Stop down today and support a great cause as all proceeds goes towards the Citizen's Academy Program. Don't forget it is also Festival Foods Mother's Day Plant Blowout Sale!! Get her an awesome plant and treat her to a brat, hamburger or hot dog! Yum!

Too quickly the time has passed us by. Now it's time for us to say good bye to Officer Jeff Hyler who is retiring today after 24 years of service to the Manitowoc Police Department. Officer Hyler was initially assigned as a third shift patrolman, where he spent the first eight years of his career. He also did one year of second shift patrol before being chosen as the department's Metro Drug Officer, where he assisted the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit for three years. He has since spent the past decade assigned to dayshift patrol and participated in other ways throughout the department by being a D.A.R.E. Instructor, Citizen's Academy, Bicycle Patrol, Field Training Officer, Vehicle Contact Instructor, E.V.O.C and D.A.A.T Instructor. In his spare time he coached softball and basketball programs throughout the community, along with volunteering for a local boy scout troop. One of his greatest passions is giving presentations on Civil War Weaponry, Civil War Currency, Grand Army of the Republic, World War I and "Magic" Gaming. We thank Officer Hyler for his dedication and hard work over the past 24 years and we wish you the best retirement ever. Enjoy your new journey!!

Today Chief Reimer and Assistant Chief Scott Luchterhand attended Austin Schleis' Recruit Academy graduation at Fox Valley Technical College. Austin Schleis has been working for the Manitowoc Police Department for nearly a year through our Community Service Intern Program. He will start with the police department on Monday as an official Police Officer! Way to go Austin!

Don't forget to stop out at Festival Food's Brat Barn tomorrow to support MTPD's Citizen's Academy. Aren't you hungry for some brats and it has been a long winter! Hope to see you there!

Sex Offender Notification Brandon M. LeClair Alias: LB LeClair Address: 1118 S.19th St., Manitowoc (TLP Residence) Date of Birth: 07/06/1993 Age: 24 Male / White Height: 5’09” Weight: 155 Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel Glasses: Yes Marks: Scars: 3” abdomen, Four - 1” lower left arm, pierced right and left ears. Pursuant to Wisconsin Act 440 effective June 1, 1997, we have been notified by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections of the release of a sex offender into our community. Notification of the release is being made to public and private, organizations and agencies, in the interest of public protection. The Manitowoc Police Department participates as a member of a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement team in determining which agencies/organizations should be notified of the release. The intent of the team is to balance the publics’ need to be informed with the offender’s need to be successfully integrated into the community. This individual has served the sentence imposed on her by the courts. THE PERSON LISTED ABOVE IS NOT WANTED BY THE POLICE AT THIS TIME. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. On or before May 22, 2018, BRANDON M. LECLAIR is expected to be released from prison. He will be residing at the TLP which is located at 1118 S. 19th Street, Manitowoc. BRANDON has been convicted of Two Counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. BRANDON’S targeted victims have been minor females known to him. BRANDON is on supervision with WISCONSIN Probation and Parole through 04/20/2038 and must comply with the following rules: • Comply with requirements of the Division of Community Corrections and Supervised Release Rules Including NO UNSUPERVISED Contact with minors, NO Taverns/Bars/Liquor Stores and NO Alcohol or Drugs. • Comply with standard sex offender rules. Cooperate with Lifetime Electronic Monitoring. • Comply with requirements of lifetime Sex Offender Registration. More information regarding the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registration Program can be found through the internet at

WANTED Crime Prevention Committee Members! The Manitowoc Police Department is looking for individuals to become involved and work with community members in the field of crime prevention and assist law enforcement agencies to prevent crime. Willing participants must complete an application, live and/or work in Manitowoc County, pass a background check, must be willing to participant in monthly meetings that take place the first Thursday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., along with attending several events throughout the community on a yearly basis. This committee is ran through the Manitowoc Police Department and community members assist in programs such as, but not limited to: Neighborhood Watch, D.A.R.E., Crime Prevention Day, National Night Out, TRIAD, or the Retail Crime Prevention Task Force. If you are interested in becoming a member of Manitowoc Police Department's Crime Prevention Committee, please contact Crime Prevention Sergeant Andrew Trilling at (920) 686-6576 or for further information or your application.

BICYCLE SAFETY IS A TWO-WAY STREET. A large percentage of crashes can be avoided if motorists and cyclists follow the rules of the road and watch out for each other. Motorists need to be patient when passing a bicyclist---slow down and pass only when it is safe. Allow clearance of at least three feet. Be on the lookout--watch for and yield to bicyclists before making a turn. Stay alert and avoid distracted driving - put away mobile devices, food, makeup, etc. Bicyclists need to follow the law---obey all traffic signs and signals. Ride on the road in the same direction as traffic. See and be seen ---wear a helmet and bright colors, reflective gear and use head and tail lights. Remove headphones and stay off cellphones. Communicate your intent---look, yield to traffic and signal before turning or changing lanes.

********* ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE ******** Dufek Drive between West Drive and Vits Drive will be closed to traffic in order to accommodate concrete pavement repairs. The work is scheduled to start on Tuesday, May 8th. Traffic will be detoured around the project site. Vinton Construction Company of Manitowoc will be the prime contractor for the concrete pavement repair project. Weather permitting, it is anticipated that the repair work will be completed and the roadway re-opened to traffic on or about May 31st.

May is MOTORCYCLE SAFETY MONTH. If you ride a motorcycle, you already know how much fun riding can be as you understand the exhilaration of cruising the open roads and the challenge of controlling a motorcycle. Safe motorcycling takes balance, coordination and good judgment. Safe riding practices and cooperation from all road users will help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation's highways this riding season. To keep motorcyclists safe, we urge everyone to share the road and be alert, and we're reminding motorcyclists to make themselves visible, to use DOT compliant motorcycle helmets and to always ride sober!

Tonight we honor the recipient of the 2018 Eagles Club Officer of the Year Award is Officer Cooper Schmidt. Officer Schmidt has served on the Manitowoc Police Department since October 2016 and has been assigned to second shift patrol. However, before Officer Schmidt was hired by the department as a patrol officer he was already a part of our family. In 2012, he was a member of the Manitowoc Police Department’s Citizen’s Academy while still attending high school. He interned with our department and volunteered to be “McGruff” for several D.A.R.E. events, parades, Crime Prevention days and National Night Out events. He went on to obtain a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and successfully completed his recruit academy training at Fox Valley Technical College. In Officer Schmidt’s nomination letters it indicated that even though he has only been with our department a short time, because of his hard work ethic, he has already gained the respect of not only everyone on second shift but the department as a whole. Officer Schmidt is never satisfied with just an eight hour shift….he takes it upon himself to volunteer his time and efforts throughout our community. Officer Schmidt is a kind hearted individual who wants only the best for his community. He is a role model in both the Manitowoc Community and a shining example for other officers on our department. Officer Schmidt has had an immediate positive impact on many lives within our city. He has either spearheaded or has been involved in numerous programs including such things as “Stuff the Squad” Food Drive, Shop with a Cop, 4K Reading Initiative at the YMCA, Southfield Townhouse Luncheon Program, Citizen’s Academy, Explorer’s Program, Executive Board member for both the “Hope House” and “Southfield Townhouses”, along with assisting with fundraising efforts for the Pinecrest Historical Village and our own K-9 program. In addition, Officer Schmidt was also able to secure a grant for 20 bicycles which were donated to the Waypost Camp in Hatley, WI which is a camp for children….many of who visit from the Southfield Townhouse Community. Officer Schmidt has exhibited extraordinary enthusiasm and care for his community and is certainly someone who is doing the right things, the right way, for the right reasons!! Congratulations once again to Officer Cooper Schmidt!!

NEWS RELEASE Kidnapping Captain Jason Freiboth Dated: May 4, 2018 On Thursday, May 3, 2018, at approximately 0800 hrs, The Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a reckless endangerment incident where a female victim jumped out of a vehicle that was travelling S/B on I-43. During that investigation, it was learned that the victim was initially assaulted at her residence in The City of Manitowoc. The Manitowoc Police Department was then dispatched to a south side residence for a possible missing person complaint. A male caller arrived home to find a broken car window, blood in the driveway and residence, and his wife and dog were missing. After further investigation, it was learned that Jamal Rudd II and Tamario Williams drove from Milwaukee to Manitowoc to confront the victim about some possible stolen property. While Williams waited in the vehicle, Rudd entered the unlocked residence and confronted the victim. Rudd allegedly physically assaulted the victim and repeatedly strangled her while verbally threatening to kill her. Rudd dragged the victim out of her residence and forced her into the backseat of the waiting vehicle. While struggling with the victim as they passed the victim’s parked vehicle, a door window was broken. The victim’s dog followed them outside and eventually jumped in the suspect vehicle. While the suspects were enroute to Milwaukee, Rudd continued to physically assault the victim. At one point the victim was attempting to jump out of the rear car window and Williams slowed down as Rudd tried to keep her in the vehicle. The victim eventually escaped from the vehicle and may have had her arm run over by the rear tire. The victim was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses stopped to check on the victim and corroborated her story. Manitowoc law enforcement sent out an attempt to locate message to law enforcement agencies along the I-43 corridor to be on the lookout for our suspect vehicle. The suspects continued S/B on I-43. Rudd eventually exited the vehicle somewhere in Sheboygan County. The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office began searching for Rudd. Rudd eluded law enforcement overnight until this morning when he was apprehended on several outstanding felony warrants for prior gun related incidents in our jurisdiction. The victim’s dog was eventually released from the vehicle and was captured and turned over to the Sheboygan County Animal Shelter. Williams continued traveling S/B on I-43 before he was eventually apprehended reference this incident. Both suspects were transported to the Manitowoc County Jail where they are being held on the following charges. Tamario Williams – Party to the Crime of Kidnapping, Intimidation of a Witness, Intimidation of a Victim, and False Imprisonment. Jamal L. Rudd II – Kidnapping, Intimidation of a Witness, Intimidation of a Victim, False Imprisonment, Strangulation, Battery, and Burglary. Requests for additional details involving the assisting departments should be directed to those agencies.

THANK YOU! for your generosity in helping raise 5,944 pounds of food for Peter's Pantry during the "10" Most Wanted Food Drive. It just started with "ONE CAN" and look where we ended. The MTPD Support Staff considers this to be a huge success so we are BRINGING IT BACK AGAIN NEXT YEAR! Remember hunger never stops, it never takes a day off. You can always give and we will always thank you!