Wausau Police Department

  • Agency: Wausau Police Department
  • Address: 515 Grand Avenue, Wausau, 54403 WI
  • Chief: Jeffrey Hardel (Chief of Police)
Phone: 715-261-7800
Fax: 715-261-7888

Wausau Police Department is located at 515 Grand Avenue, Wausau, 54403 WI. The Chief of Police of the department is Jeffrey Hardel. The Wausau Police Department phone number is 715-261-7800.

Wausau Police Department News

Our School Resource Officers have a very important job. Officer Thao does it very well.

UPDATE: Both located & found safe. Thank you for the help. ============================================ ***PLEASE HELP LOCATE*** SHARE WPD is looking to locate TYASON J. ASMUNDSEN (22 years old) and his son BRAYDEN ASMUNDSEN (5 years old). They may be in a white 2004 Cadillac Seville with Wisconsin registration 646-ZFV. Attached is a photo of Tyason and Brayden, as well as a stock photo of a similar car. If seen, please call 911.

*****WE ARE HIRING***** The Wausau Police Department is starting a new recruitment process! If you have submitted an application since the start of our last process, you can consider yourself in the running. If you want to get your application in to participate in this process, you only have until April 29th. Submit your application online at https://agency.governmentjobs.com/wausauwi/ No law enforcement experience? No problem! Considering a career change? Consider policing! Dates for the written test will be May 9th and 10th. Qualified applicants will be contacted by the City of Wausau Human Resources department to select a test date. GOOD LUCK!! #bestjobever

CHIEF'S CHAT! We recently tried recording an episode of Chief's Chat to discuss our new patch design, but it kind of went off the rails. We'll try again soon, but in the meantime here are some scraps from the cutting room floor. #outtakes

Mayor Mielke’s State of the City address is beginning!

*****UPDATE *****UPDATE*****UPDATE***** Jasmine has been located and is safe! Thanks for all the shares and assistance! *************************** Officers are looking for your assistance in locating a 13 year old female named Jasmine. She left Newman Catholic School and was last seen around Plaza Hotel on S. 17th Av at 2:55pm. The juvenile is reported to be wearing a red puffy jacket with a green fleece underneath. She is also wearing Khaki pants with a blue backpack. Jasmine will most likely be wearing headphones. If you see someone matching the description please contact the police department immediately, so we can get Jasmine home safe. The number for dispatch is 715-261-7795.

Lt. Melinda Pauls and Officer Garrett Carr were meeting folks at Chippewa Valley Technical College’s career fair today. *Pssst, we’re going to be starting a new recruitment process very soon! Get your application submitted online ASAP for consideration. More details coming soon! https://agency.governmentjobs.com/wausauwi/

Thank you to Karl’s Transport of Antigo for your support of law enforcement.

A little physical activity during the day is always a good idea!

Just like many of you, last night’s shift of officers and supervisors spent the early morning hours digging out from the storm. With 20+ marked squad cars and an accompanying fleet of unmarked vehicles, it can take a bit of effort to clear the snow and get the lot plowed. We surely appreciate everyone helping to spread the word about the snow emergency and encouraging safe driving. Hang in there - in short order we’ll all be griping about the heat and how long the grass in our yard is!

SNOW EMERGENCY The City of Wausau has declared a snow emergency beginning at 8pm tonight (Sunday) and it will continue until 10 am tomorrow (Monday). During a snow emergency, no cars are allowed to be parked on the streets so our plow crews can clear the roadways. Please make sure your vehicles are off the roadway during the snow emergency so our crews can clean the snow from the roads. Fines for vehicles parked on the road during a snow emergency are $100. The plow drivers from the Department of Public Works have been working a lot of hours already this weekend. They will be going home to rest this afternoon and will return to work late this evening to clear the roads for the morning commute.

Right now Wisconsin 511 is showing black, which means Travel Not Advised. Please folks, do not risk it.

Moose out front would have told you, but he's covered in snow. #winterstormxanto #WIwx

The Aftermath. We hope everyone’s doing well following round 1 of this storm. With another batch of snow coming, we ask that you travel safely. Anyone have any great snow day plans?

Okay January we get it, we know how much you love Wisconsin. Months later though,really? It’s time for you to move on and let us get on with our spring flowers and April RAIN showers! Drive safe everyone the snow continues to fall tonight!

***Police Presence S. 4th Av / Rosecrans St*** On Friday April 13, 2018 around 12:10 AM Wausau Police assisted the Marathon County Sheriff's Office who were engaged in a vehicle pursuit entering Wausau on Grand Avenue from the City of Schofield. The pursuit ultimately came to an end on S. 4th Avenue at Rosecrans Street and the suspect was apprehended. The area is safe and thank you to the neighborhood for their patience.

SAVING A LIFE The best part about being a police officer is every day we have the opportunity to have positive impact in the lives of others in our community. Of course, this isn’t to say that being a police officer is easy. Sometimes people don’t want us involved in their lives. Sometimes officers encounter very difficult circumstances and they find themselves having to problem solve quickly, work together as a team, use patience and find courage to bring a positive resolution to an incident. Such was the case this morning on Wausau’s northeast side when officers were called for a report of a man walking through yards and eventually walking north along the banks of the Wisconsin River. Officers learned the man was suicidal and acting erratically. Officers showed great restraint and compassion as they began to talk with the man as he walked along the river bank. At one point the man went into the river to his midsection and climbed out. He then continued walking north along the river bank threatening to jump into the river again if officers came near. The air temperature was under 40 degrees and the water temperature was probably in the same vicinity. Getting the man into a warm environment soon was imperative. Patrol officers and supervisors worked together to communicate with the man and simultaneously get Wausau Fire on standby for prompt medical attention. Wausau Fire also dispatched their airboat which helped get this man to medical attention quickly. As a result of excellent execution on the part of these officers, a man in crisis is currently receiving the health care he needs. We are very proud of the efforts of the first responders who worked together to bring a positive resolution in this case. Our best wishes are extended to this man and his family. This video shows excerpts of body cam footage from this incident.

April 11th National Pet Day We here at the Wausau Police Department love our pets and yours too! A vast majority of our officers have pets at their home which they care for and then we all have the privilege to come to work and interact with all of your pets. Our officers work closely with our Humane Officer, the Marathon County Humane Society and all of you every day to ensure the safety and security of the pets in our community. P.S... with the sun out it finally feels warm enough to take those pets out for a walk, just pretend the snow isn’t there!

Please join us in congratulating Officer Aaron Karlen, badge #181. Aaron was sworn in today as our newest police officer and will begin field training this week. Officer Karlen is from Edgar and he has deep roots in our community. He worked for the Marathon County Sheriff's Department in Court Security prior to his hire at Wausau PD. Officer Karlen will be a tremendous asset to our community in his role as police officer. Congratulations!!

This week we recognize and honor the tremendous work of our public safety telecommunicators! They deal with unbelievable stress and pressure as they work to get vital information from callers in crisis. They not only begin creating a record of that information, but also seek to calm those in distress. They then distill that information into a concise format to share with first responders like our officers. The staff of the Marathon County Dispatch Center regularly have important details ready for our officers before they even ask for them. Their experience and desire to excel at what they do enhances our officers’ safety. We could NOT be successful without them! THANK YOU, TELECOMMUNICATORS!!!

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 8-14, 2018 Reaching and serving all victims of crime is essential to supporting thriving communities, because those who receive holistic services and support are more likely to remain invested in their communities. Dedicated law enforcement and victim service providers are working every day to meet the needs of crime victims. Many victims face barriers—such as isolation, distrust of authorities, language limitations, lack of transportation, or cultural barriers—that keep them from accessing the services and criminal justice systems that can help them recover from crime. In order to reaffirm our commitment to creating a victim service and criminal justice response that assists all victims of crime during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and throughout the year; to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for law enforcement, criminal justice professionals and all victim service providers; and thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Marathon County criminal justice stakeholders are wearing these bracelets during the week of April 8 – 14.

***Thefts from Vehicles - SW Side*** On Friday April 06, officers responded to a report of a vehicle theft. Officers quickly located the stolen vehicle and the suspects were located. During the investigation, officers discovered the suspects had been involved in entering numerous vehicles around the southwest side. The thefts occurred on Friday, prior to 7:00 PM and are mostly isolated to an area south of W. Thomas Street between S. 8th Aveue and S. 3rd Avenue. We have recovered some stolen items which we have been unable to identify who the owner is. If your vehicle was entered yesterday, please contact Officer Lopes-Serrao #155 at (715) 261-7968 or via our dispatch center at (715) 261-1200. Also, as a reminder please lock your vehicles. Every vehicle which was entered had the doors unlocked.

Being vigilant means constantly watching your surroundings for possible danger and difficulties. Last week, one of our officers observed a "possible difficulty" and made a quick rescue! #TeaRescue2018 #Wausau

Chief Bliven received the vest he will wear tomorrow night at Dream Big 2056 as he dances off against Sheriff Scott Parks. This event is a fundraiser for college level scholarships for Hmong students whose future plans include using their education to improve the community they grew up in. Here is a link for tickets to the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-dream-big-2056-scholarship-fundraiser-tickets-43911563669 If you cannot make the event, but would like to make a donation, please visit www.cfoncw.org and search for the Hmong Community Higher Education Scholarship Fund.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year's theme for Sexual Assault Awareness Month is "Embrace Your Voice." This theme is centered around educating others on how to use their words to promote safety, respect, and equality to stop sexual violence before it begins. Individuals can also embrace their voices to show their support for the survivors of sexual violence, standing up to victim blaming, shutting down rape jokes, and correcting harmful misconceptions. Unfortunately, our officers and support staff have to deal with the aftermath of sexual assault and violence on a consistent basis. While we will relentlessly pursue justice for the victims of these heinous crimes, we can always use our community's help in raising awareness as well as reporting. If you see something, say something. #SAAM #EmbraceYourVoice