West Allis Police Department

  • Agency: West Allis Police Department
  • Address: 11301 W. Lincoln Ave, West Allis, 53214 WI
  • Chief: Dean Puschnig (Chief of Police)
Phone: (414) 302-8000
Fax: (414) 302-8099

West Allis Police Department is located at 11301 W. Lincoln Ave, West Allis, 53214 WI. The Chief of Police of the department is Dean Puschnig. The West Allis Police Department phone number is (414) 302-8000.

West Allis Police Department News

Help Assist WAPD - Theft: We are trying to identify the subjects in the attached photo in regards to a theft at a business near 108th & Greenfield. The subjects were observed operating a black 4-door vehicle with no front bumper. If you know the subject(s) or anything related to this investigation, please contact the West Allis Police Department at (414) 302-8000 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (414) 476-CASH. WAPD case 17-42390.

Missing adult... On Sunday, November 5th, 2017, at approximately 8:00 p.m. the West Allis Police Department took a report of a missing adult female. The female is identified as Mary Laska, a 62 year old Caucasian female. Laksa is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180 pounds, with blue eyes, and having gray hair. Laska wears glasses. Laska suffers from some medical issues and we want to make sure she is ok. At this point in the investigation, there is no evidence of foul play. Family last had contact with Laska on October 19, 2017, in the City of Milwaukee. Laska was entered into the National Crime Information Center as a Missing Adult. It is unknown what type of clothing she could be wearing. Attached is the only photo currently available of Laska. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts or welfare of Mary Laska is asked to call the West Allis Police Department at 414-302-8000. Case 17-44106

Congratulations to Corporal Scott Geyso of our Warrant Unit who retired last week. Scott worked in a variety of positions at the West Allis Police Department during his career and has been a great asset. Thanks to Scott for his dedication and commitment to WAPD and service to the City of West Allis. Scott will be missed. We wish Scott a long, happy, and healthy retirement!

Missing adult... On Saturday, November 4th, 2017, at approximately 11:30 p.m. the West Allis Police Department responded to a report of a missing adult male. The male is identified as Shilong Lin, a 29 year old Asian male. Lin is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 170 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. Lin wears glasses. Lin does not suffer from any medical issues and at this point in the investigation there is no evidence of foul play. However, Lin recently came to the United States, does not speak English and is not overly familiar with Milwaukee area. It is believed Lin left a residence in the 11000 block of W. Ohio St. sometime between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 4th 2017. Lin was entered into the National Crime Information Center as a Missing Adult. It is unknown what type of clothing Lin was wearing when he left the residence. Attached is the only photo currently available of Shilong Lin. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts or welfare of Shilong Lin is asked to call the West Allis Police Department at 414-302-8000.

Block Watch Appreciation Dinner... Last night, the West Allis Police Department held an appreciation dinner for block watch captains that help serve neighborhoods throughout West Allis. During the event, Mayor Dan Devine and Patrick Schloss (Community Development) spoke about building and sustaining Neighborhood Associations, which is a great opportunity to shape the quality of life in a neighborhood. A number of Neighborhood Associations are already operating strong in West Allis and grant money is available to start and maintain Neighborhood Associations. This opportunity is available to all citizens. For more information, please visit: https://www.westalliswi.gov/index.aspx?nid=894 We also congratulate Joe Lucchesi who was honored with the Frank Strumberger Volunteer Award for all the volunteering he has done. Congratulations Joe! Thanks to all who attended and who support WAPD!

Future police officers... Cpl. Nelson recently found a few future police officers and a snack during the Walker Elementary Halloween Parade.

Help Assist WAPD - Theft: We are trying to identify the subject in the attached photo in regards to a theft at a business near 108th & Oklahoma. If you know the subject(s) or anything related to this investigation, please contact the West Allis Police Department at (414) 302-8000 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (414) 476-CASH. WAPD case 17-42228.

No Shave November... As we have done for a number of years, we are once again raising money for Special Olympics this November. Officers and personnel who make a donation to Special Olympics will be allowed to have facial hair for the month of November. The collected donations will be turned over to Special Olympics in the near future. Once December comes, our officers will be clean shaven again.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day... The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) coordinated a Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative throughout Wisconsin on this past Saturday. The West Allis Police Department collected over 70 pounds of medication!! This is 70 pounds of medications that wont be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, or abused. As a reminder, we have a 24/7 Rx Drop Box in our front lobby. For additional information on WI DOJ's initiative, visit: https://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/prescription-drug-take-back-day

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day... Tomorrow, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) will coordinate a Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative throughout Wisconsin. The Prescription Drug Take-Back Day goal is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal of prescription medications, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications. Unused prescription medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused. West Allis Police Department will be participating in this initiative. Prescription medications can be dropped off at the West Allis Police Department, 11301 W. Lincoln Av., between 9am-12pm. As a reminder, we have a 24/7 Rx Drop Box in our front lobby. For additional information on WI DOJ's initiative, visit: https://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/prescription-drug-take-back-day

Last Night's Neighborhood Partnership Meeting.... Thanks to everyone who joined us at Lane Intermediate School last night for a Neighborhood Partnership Meeting. We reviewed crime stats for the 3rd quarter and answered numerous questions from citizens. Reminder: Citizens wishing to review crime stats in West Allis can use the interactive Community Crime Map through LexisNexis by visiting: https://communitycrimemap.com/?address=westallis,wi

Nice work by some our 3rd shift officers recently... An officer on routine patrol attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for several traffic violations near 70th & Greenfield. The vehicle failed to stop and fled from officers at a high rate of speed. Other officers were able to successfully deploy stop sticks and disable all 4 tires on the vehicle. After an approximate 2-mile pursuit, the disabled vehicle finally stopped and the driver was taken into custody without further incident. Inside the vehicle, officers located a loaded AR15 5.56mm rifle with multiple additional loaded magazines as well as marijuana and cocaine packaged for sale, a digital scale, and a large amount of U.S. Currently. The suspect was also believed to be impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. The suspect, a convicted felon, is a resident of Milwaukee. Numerous charges will be referred to the Milwaukee County D.A.'s Office. #OneLessCrimeGun

Update to May 13th, 2017, Officer Involved Critical Incident... On May 13th, 2017, members of the City of West Allis Police Department responded to an armed robbery in the 7200 block of W. Greenfield Ave. A short time later, a West Allis police officer observed the suspect vehicle in the 6100 block of W. Burnham St. The officer conducted a traffic stop on this vehicle and a male passenger exited the vehicle. The male passenger fired a firearm at the officer and fled the area on foot. This officer was not struck by gun fire or injured. West Allis officers, with assistance of New Berlin police officers and K-9, conducted a search for the male suspect. During the search, officers located the suspect, later identified as Maxwell J. Holt, hiding in a dumpster in the 1900 block of S. 60th St. When located, Holt pointed a firearm at officers. This caused the officers to fear for their lives and the lives of other officers present. West Allis and New Berlin officers responded to Holt’s threat of deadly force by discharging their firearms. Holt died as the result of his actions and the subsequent law enforcement response. The West Allis police officers involved are Sergeant Timothy Gold with 10 years of service with the West Allis Police Department, Sergeant Joseph Mathy with 6 years of service with the West Allis Police Department and Officer Richard Krueger with 4 years of service with the West Allis Police Department. The Milwaukee County Investigative Team (MCI Team) responded to the scene and investigated this incident. This team did NOT include members of the agencies whose officers were involved in the incident. The lead investigating agency is the Oak Creek Police Department. Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern completed his review of the Milwaukee County Investigative Team’s investigation concerning the officer-involved death of Maxwell J. Holt. He concluded that the deadly force used by West Allis and New Berlin police officers was privileged under Wis. Stat. 938.48 (1); therefore the officers were justified in their actions. Reports relating to the investigation can be viewed by visiting the following link: http://oakcreekwi.org/articles/information-from-the-ocpd-regarding-the-investigation-of-the-west-allis-off

Operation Cross Country... WAPD recently participated in the FBI-led Operation Cross Country (OCC), a nationwide effort focusing on underage human trafficking. While WAPD did not recover any minors, 13 individuals were arrested for prostitution, narcotics, resisting an officer, bail jumping, and/or warrants. If you suspect that someone is involved in human trafficking, we encourage you to contact your local law enforcement agency. For more information on OCC, visit: https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-announces-results-of-operation-cross-country-xi

Help Assist WAPD - Theft: We are trying to identify the subjects in the attached photo(s) in regards to a theft of a purse around 108th & Cleveland. If you know the subject(s) or anything related to this investigation, please contact the West Allis Police Department at (414) 302-8000 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (414) 476-CASH. WAPD case 17-38794.

Great story.... Nice job by Dispatcher Britnie Kuhnmuench who received the call for help, dispatched West Allis Fire Department units, and assisted the caller as units responded....

2016 Annual Report... Our 2016 Annual Report provides information on Department organization, leadership, operations, programs, and statistics. We hope that the report provides insight into the daily activities of Department personnel and the positive impacts which Department members make within the community. Thanks for reading more about us and thanks to those who continue to support us! http://apps.westalliswi.gov/content/2016_WAPD_Annual_Report/index.html

Help Assist WAPD - Graffiti (multiple cases) We are trying to identify the subject in the attached photo(s) in regards to multiple acts of graffiti that occurred in the early morning hours of October 15th. The acts occurred between the 7000-7400 blocks of W. Greenfield Av. The subject is believed to be a white male, in his 30's, 5'10"-6'00" tall, thin build, with dark hair, glasses, and facial hair. If you know the subject(s) or anything related to this investigation, please contact the West Allis Police Department at (414) 302-8000 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (414) 476-CASH. WAPD cases 17-041297, 17-041302-041313, 17-041319.

Don't forget about the Community Alliance Against Drugs' Halloween in the Park event on Saturday, October 21st, between 4-8pm. This is a great family friendly event...

Help Assist WAPD - Theft: We are trying to identify the subject in the attached photo(s) in regards to a theft around 108th & Oklahoma. If you know the subject(s) or anything related to this investigation, please contact the West Allis Police Department at (414) 302-8000 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (414) 476-CASH. WAPD case 17-40829.

Reminder... Neighborhood Partnership Meeting... Wednesday, Oct 25th 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm On Wednesday, October 25th, the West Allis Police Department will be hosting their quarterly Neighborhood Partnership Meeting. Neighborhood Partnership Meetings have been extremely valuable in addressing neighborhood concerns, while updating citizens on current law enforcement issues, crime trends, and challenges that impact our quality of life. Presenters will include Deputy Chief Chris Botsch and Deputy Chief Robert Fletcher. This meeting will be held at Lane Middle School, Cafeteria, 1300 S. 109 St.

Help Assist WAPD - Theft: We are trying to identify the subject in the attached photo(s) in regards to a theft around 108th & Theo Trecker. Subject was traveling in a green station wagon, possibly a Ford Taurus. If you know the subject(s) or anything related to this investigation, please contact the West Allis Police Department at (414) 302-8000 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (414) 476-CASH. WAPD case 17-40126.

Reminder... Applications for Police Officer are being accepted until Monday, October 16th, at 4pm.... The men and women of the West Allis Police Department are a dedicated and passionate group of professionals who take great pride in their work and are committed to protecting and serving the City of West Allis. We have opportunities to work in a wide variety of assignments. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits. If interested for working for the West Allis Police Department, please visit the following link for additional information and an application. http://www.westalliswi.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9507 Keep in mind that, with approval of the Chief of Police and the Police & Fire Commission, applicants with prior police experience may be offered a starting wage higher than the starting wage listed. In the last group of hires, candidates with prior experience were able to start at a wage very close to what they were making at their prior agencies.

WAPD Supports Blood Center of Wisconsin... Some of our officers assisted the Blood Center of Wisconsin to honor first responders of the recent Las Vegas tragedy. You, too, can honor the heroes of the recent Las Vegas tragedy and support the Blood Center of Wisconsin by calling 877-232-4376 to schedule an appointment to donate blood. #imahero

Cone with a Cop... Thanks to everyone who joined us yesterday at McDonalds for Cone with a Cop.