Appleton Police Department

  • Agency: Appleton Police Department
  • Address: 222 S Walnut St, Appleton, 54911 WI
  • Chief: Peter J Helein (Chief of Police)
Phone: 920-832-5500
Fax: 920-832-5553
Email:

Appleton Police Department is located at 222 S Walnut St, Appleton, 54911 WI. The Chief of Police of the department is Peter J Helein. The Appleton Police Department phone number is 920-832-5500.

Appleton Police Department News

PUTTING THE FORCE TO WORK Officer Akins is attempting to locate the vehicle shown in the attached photo regarding a hit & run. The vehicle on the right struck the other vehicle and fled the scene. This incident occurred on September 23, 2017, at approximately 7:17 PM. Please share this post with friends, family and co-workers. If you can assist Officer Akins with information on the vehicle please call him at the Appleton Police Department's non-emergency phone number (920) 832-5500. You can also PM this page and the information will be forwarded to Officer Akins. If you have information but wish to remain anonymous, please consider using the "REPORT" feature on our phone app. The phone app is available for free where you download your applications. Unless otherwise noted, all persons depicted are innocent until charged and proven guilty.

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DRUG IMPARED DRIVING IS ILLEGAL We borrow today's post from the Wisconsin State Patrol. Every month they offer the "Law of the Month". This was featured in August. Most everyone is familiar with the many dangers of driving drunk. What some people may not realize is that driving under the influence of prescription medications or other drugs is just as dangerous and illegal. The Wisconsin State Patrol’s August Law of the Month reminds motorists that driving while impaired by prescription medications or other drugs carries the same serious penalties and potential consequences as driving under the influence of alcohol. “Whether it’s caused by alcohol, prescribed medication or any other drug, impaired drivers are dangerous drivers who jeopardize the safety of everyone along our roadways,” said Wisconsin State Patrol Superintendent J.D. Lind. “Law enforcement officers are well trained to identify and apprehend impaired drivers. But our goal is to deter drivers from making the irresponsible decision to get behind the wheel impaired where they could hurt or kill themselves or someone else.” Over the last decade in Wisconsin, drug-related traffic fatalities have increased from 77 deaths in 2007 to 118 in 2016. While law enforcement is on the lookout for impaired drivers year round, officers will patrol in greater numbers for longer hours during the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative from August 18 through Labor Day. Other key components of Wisconsin OWI laws: Drivers can be arrested for OWI even if their blood-alcohol content is below the legal limit of 0.08 if it’s determined their level of impairment makes them unable to safely operate a motor vehicle; Under Wisconsin’s “not a drop” law, drivers under age 21 are prohibited from having any detectable amount of alcohol in their system; Drivers who refuse a blood/breath alcohol test will lose their license for at least one year and may have their vehicle impounded; State law calls for installation of ignition interlock devices on all vehicles owned by anyone convicted of first offense OWI with an alcohol content of 0.15 or higher as well as second or subsequent OWI offenses; Penalties double for impaired drivers who have passengers under age 16 in their vehicle.

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY - WHEN TO STOP Here is some information on when to stop for school buses and when passing a bus is allowed: Drivers must stop on the street or highway 20 feet or more from any school bus that has stopped and is flashing red warning lights. ***This applies both to vehicles approaching from the rear and from the opposing lanes. ***All lanes of traffic must stop for the school bus, except in opposing lanes if the highway is divided with a center median. ***No vehicle may proceed until the bus resumes motion and has turned off the red warning lights. ***The stop arm on the bus is an added communication to other drivers, but the lack of an extended stop arm is not reason to pass a bus whose red lights are flashing. ***In some urban areas buses will signal with yellow lights, or use red lights only in some parts of town. Motorists should observe school buses carefully for either the "pass cautiously" yellow light signal or the required full stop when a bus is flashing red lights. A vehicle owner can be cited when the driver of a car passes a school bus illegally. A law enforcement officer need not witness this violation if the school bus driver reports it to the law enforcement agency within 24 hours. Fines can be quite high for illegally passing a school bus ($326.50/4 points on drivers license), but the risk of hitting a child is even higher. Drive safely in school zones and around school buses!

SHOULD I CALL THE POLICE DEPARTMENT? People often bring up concerns related to issues they have seen occurring in the city. When asked if they reported the incidents, people usually say they didn't. While we take pride is solving problems, it is impossible for us to know about everything occurring in the city. Calling us, gets a response. If you don't call, you don't know how quickly our response may have been. You also don't know if anyone else called. If you call and don't leave a way for the officer to call/contact you, there is no way to let you know how your call was handled. Anonymous tips aren't always helpful. By law, we cannot disclose your name as a reporting party. Call us. We work 24/7/365. We may be right around the corner or we may be extremely busy. No matter, we will respond. When you call, provide us with the best information you can. The information helps dispatchers and officers. Dispatchers ask many questions to help the responding officer(s). Our non-emergency number is (920) 832-5500. Consider putting it in your phone contacts. For emergencies always dial 911. Another way to contact us is through our free phone app. Follow the attached link to get the free download. Be smart. Be safe. If you see something; say something.

DO YOU USE DEBIT CARDS? We have recently posted about an increase in the number of fraud complaints we have taken involving debit cards. Here are a few tips about safe use of debit cards: 1. Use credit when possible 2. Opt to use signature versus PIN 3. Frequently review statements 4. Use stronger passwords 5. Set up account alerts 6. Use ATM's in high traffic, well-lit areas 7. When possible, keep the card in your possession 8. Avoid using it for online transactions 9. Report unauthorized use immediately (2 days tops) 10. Don't share your PIN number

Shot Fired in Downtown Under Investigation The Appleton Police Department is investigating an incident, in the downtown area, involving an individual firing a shot from a fleeing vehicle. Around bar-closing on the morning of October 15, 2017, the Appleton Police Department handled several disturbance calls near the 500 block of W. College Avenue. At 4:02 AM, officers were dispatched to the area of W. Johnston St. and N. State Street for the report of a disturbance involving the display and firing of a handgun. No injuries were reported by the calling party. Officers responding to the call found several people from an earlier disturbance in the immediate area. The individuals were not cooperative with requests from the investigating officers for information. Several witnesses, not directly involved in the disturbance, were interviewed by officers. They reported a disturbance involving males and females. Witnesses saw one male point a handgun toward the crowd before handing the gun to another male. Those individuals got into a silver, four door vehicle. As the vehicle was leaving northbound on N. State Street, the vehicle passenger door opened and one shot was fired in the direction of the individuals involved in the disturbance. The Appleton Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Chad Probst at (920) 832-5536. If you have information, but wish to remain anonymous, please consider using the “REPORT” feature available on the Appleton Police Department free phone app.

Autopsy Results Pending The Appleton Police Department and Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department are continuing to wait for autopsy results on the individual recovered from the Fox River. On Saturday, October 14, 2017, a body was recovered from the Fox River. The Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department contacted the Appleton Police Department as part of their investigation. An autopsy was completed on October 16, 2017; however, the Medical Examiner in Milwaukee County is still working to establish positive identification. This may take several days. Until positive identification is established and proper notice is provided to the family, the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department, Appleton Police Department and Outagamie County Coroner’s Office will have no information to release to the public.

OVERNIGHT PARKING DURING LEAF COLLECTION The City of Appleton Public Works Department is into the second full week of fall leaf collection. ZONE #2 (basically north of the Fox River) is the collecion area for the week. NO PARKING IS ALLOWED IN ZONE #2 throughout this week (regardless of whether the leaves in front of your house/apartment/business have been collected). If you would like additional information, please refer to the Appleton City Guide you received in the mail or check it out on the City of Appleton (Appleton City Hall) website (appleton.org).

Hit & Run Driver Arrested The Appleton Police Department located and arrested a driver responsible for a hit and run to a pedestrian near Lawrence University on Saturday night. On October 14, 2017, at approximately 11:28 PM, officers of the Appleton Police Department responded to reports of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of E. College Avenue and N. Lawe Street. Witnesses said the victim was dragged underneath a truck, which had turned onto eastbound E. College Avenue from northbound S. Lawe Street. A 20 year-old female, who is a Lawrence University Student, was located at the scene. She told officers a truck had hit her and continued to drag her underneath the vehicle. She rolled out from under the vehicle and ended up in the roadway. The victim stated a male party had exited the truck and had asked her if she was okay. The victim told the person she was injured and needed him to call 911. Despite her injuries and requests for help, the driver returned to the vehicle and left eastbound on E. College Avenue. The injured pedestrian, who was not intoxicated or distracted when the incident occurred, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries. Her injuries are not life threatening; however, they are significant including broken bones and severe abrasions. Officers accessed video of the crash to assist in locating the vehicle, which was registered to a person in Kimberly. A patrol officer checking roadways leading toward Kimberly, came upon the vehicle on E. Newberry Street and N. Kensington Drive. He initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver, who was alone in the vehicle, submitted to Field Sobriety Testing. He failed to pass the tests and was taken into physical custody. Justin T. Jorgensen (M/W, 01/10/1985) of Kimberly, was confined at the Outagamie County Jail on a felony charge of Hit and Run Causing Great Bodily Harm. He was also arrested for 1st Offense OMVWI. He will make an initial appearance in court later today.

Police Investigating Numerous Fraud Complaints The Appleton Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies are investigating a rash of recent fraud complaints. The Appleton Police Department has taken over 30 complaints, over the past weekend, from people reporting fraudulent activity on their banking accounts. Many of the reports seem to be linked to unauthorized withdrawals on debit cards. Investigators from the Appleton Police Department are cautioning people about the use of ATM’s and unregulated checkouts; as they may be popular with individuals looking for a place to install skimmers. Skimmers allow the thieves to collect information from debit cards, which allows them to make multiple unauthorized withdrawals or to purchase items without the cardholder’s knowledge. Skimmers have shown up frequently around the state in recent years. If you are a victim of debit card fraud in the Fox Cities, you are asked to report the crime to the law enforcement agency where you reside. Investigators from local agencies will be working collectively on the complaints. If you have information about the individuals responsible for placement of skimmers, but wish to remain anonymous, please consider using the “REPORT” feature on the Appleton Police Department’s free phone app.

Agencies Working to Identify Body The Appleton Police Department is working with the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department in an attempt to identify a body found in the Fox River. A body was recovered from the Fox River on Saturday morning. The Appleton Police Department was contacted by the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department regarding assistance in identifying the individual. The contact between agencies was based on an active missing person report our agency has for Caitlyn Pa Chia Xiong, age 20. She has been missing since October 5, 2017. An autopsy is being conducted this morning in Milwaukee. Preliminary results of the autopsy may be available later today. If anyone has information about Caitlyn’s disappearance, they are asked to call Sgt. Chue Thao at (920) 832-5953. If you have information, but would like to remain anonymous, consider using the “REPORT” function on the Appleton Police Department’s free phone app.

IMAGES We have a lot of things going on around the PD, sometimes so much stuff that it takes awhile to get around to sharing. Here are a few photos of us doing all kinds of stuff around the PD and in the community.

LOOK QUICK!!! Did you look quickly at the photo? Were you able to determine which of the guns shown was real (both are real, one shoots bullets)? The weapon on the bottom is a bb/pellet gun. We commonly refer to these as facsimile guns; due to them being an exact copy or nearly identical reproduction of the original gun. Carrying one or displaying one is as potentially dangerous as carrying the real thing or displaying the real thing. This week, we had a call of a person threatening another person with the weapon in the bottom of the photo. We appreciate our community members who recognized the dangerous situation and called for our help. The man with the weapon was placed on a protective hold following our investigation.

Facebook Force, here's your weekend assignment! Sergeant Moderson would like to identify this vehicle that was involved in a hit and run on 10/12/17 in a downtown parking lot. The vehicle may have minor damage to the rear bumper. The female and children pictured were occupants of this vehicle. Please share this post with friends, family and co-workers. If you can assist Sergeant Moderson with information on this vehicle, please call him at the Appleton Police Department's non-emergency phone number (920) 832-5500. You can also PM this page and the information will be forwarded to Sergeant Moderson. If you have information but wish to remain anonymous, please consider using the "REPORT" feature on our phone app. The phone app is available for free where you download your applications.

WE ARE HIRING! The Appleton Police Department needs men and women, of all backgrounds, to fill several important positions in our organization. Are you, or someone you know, interested in law enforcement or helping the youth of our community? We are accepting applications for Adult Crossing Guards (part-time employment, starting at $13.07 per hour) and for entry-level Police Officers (full-time employment with benefits, starting at $28.12 per hour). While these are obviously very different positions, they are crucial to the operation of our department and the on-going safety of the community. Take a look at the City of Appleton's webpage (appleton.org) and click on the "Employment" button to learn more about both positions. If you have additional questions, please contact Sgt. Dave Lund at (920) 832-5509 or by email at david.lund@appleton.org. Please take a look at our video to learn more about the Appleton Police Department.

TWO FOR THURSDAY Sergeant Peters is attempting to locate the individual and vehicle shown in the attached photos. This was for a gas drive off occurring in September. The vehicle was described as being red with a different colored hood. It had no front plate and the back plate was obscured. Please share this post with friends, family and co-workers. If you can assist Sergeant Peters with information on this individual, please call her at the Appleton Police Department's non-emergency phone number (920) 832-5500. You can also PM this page and the information will be forwarded to Sergeant Peters. If you have information but wish to remain anonymous, please consider using the "REPORT" feature on our phone app. The phone app is available for free where you download your applications. Unless otherwise noted, all persons depicted are innocent until charged and proven guilty.

FIRING UP THE FORCE LIGHT! Officer Kolosso is attempting to locate the individual shown in the attached photo. He is believed to have been involved in a felony level retail theft; at a south side store on September 26, 2017. Please share this post with friends, family and co-workers. If you can assist Officer Kolosso with information on this individual, please call her at the Appleton Police Department's non-emergency phone number (920) 832-5500. You can also PM this page and the information will be forwarded to Officer Kolosso. If you have information but wish to remain anonymous, please consider using the "REPORT" feature on our phone app. The phone app is available for free where you download your applications. Unless otherwise noted, all persons depicted are innocent until charged and proven guilty.

The incident involved an individual who was in possession of a BB/Pellet gun. He was taken into custody without incident and is being held on a 72 hour hold. An additional press release will be released later today.

THAT DIDN'T BELONG TO YOU! Sergeant Moderson is attempting to locate the individual shown in the attached photo. He took a bike, which wasn't his, from a building on the Lawrence University campus. Please share this post with friends, family and co-workers. If you can assist Sergeant Moderson with information on this individual, please call him at the Appleton Police Department's non-emergency phone number (920) 832-5500. You can also PM this page and the information will be forwarded to Sergeant Moderson. If you have information but wish to remain anonymous, please consider using the "REPORT" feature on our phone app. The phone app is available for free where you download your applications. Unless otherwise noted, all persons depicted are innocent until charged and proven guilty.

Public Assistance Requested For Disappearance The Appleton Police Department is seeking public assistance in locating a missing 20 year-old Appleton woman. Caitlyn Pa Chia Xiong was reported missing by a friend during the late evening hours of October 5, 2017. She was last seen in the early morning hours of October 5, 2017. The Appleton Police Department would like to ensure Caitlyn’s welfare by making contact with her. Numerous interviews and various record checks have not resulted in the identification of Caitlyn’s current location or condition. No activity has occurred on her phone or with her bank accounts during this time. Caitlyn is described as approximately 5’2” tall, weighing approximately 100 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. If you have information about Caitlyn Pa Chia Xiong, you are asked to call Sgt. Chue Thao at the Appleton Police Department (920) 832-5953. If you would like to remain anonymous, please consider using the “REPORT” feature on our free phone application (available where you obtain your apps).

FOUR YEARS - SOMEONE KNOWS! We have not forgotten about the hit and run of a Lawrence University student on October 9, 2013. Many tips have been provided and investigated. However, we have not been able to locate the suspect, or the vehicle the suspect was driving, when this senseless act was committed. We are not giving up on this investigation. Please take a look at the video. It depicts the suspect and the vehicle. The video was received from a gas station near the crash scene. The suspect pulled into the parking lot to check on damage to her vehicle, but did nothing to report the incident or to help the injured student. After looking at the video, please share this post with your friends, relatives and co-workers. Someone knows this person. If you have information, please call Sgt. Leitzinger at the Appleton Police Department (920) 832-5541.

2017 Fall Leaf Collection - Restricted Parking If you are new to Appleton, you might not be aware of fall leaf collection. From October 9th to November 17th, the City of Appleton Public Works conducts the pickup of leaves and yard/garden debris from the roadways in Appleton (additional pickups may be scheduled but are dependant on weather). The City of Appleton (Appleton City Hall) is split in two (2) zones for the pickup (see attached graphic). During the collection in the respective zones, NO overnight parking permission is granted for the duration of the pickup week. If you have additional questions, check out the Appleton City Guide, which was mailed to local residents and is also available online at appleton.org.

TWO IN CUSTODY FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT The Appleton Police Department has two adult males in custody for a sexual assault occurring this morning on the city’s south side. On October 8, 2017, at 12:27AM, Appleton Police Department officers responded to the report of a sexual assault of an adult female at a residence in the 2200 block of S. Oneida Street. The person reporting the assault said multiple male suspects had fled the residence in a vehicle. Responding officers put out a description of the suspects and vehicle to local law enforcement agencies. Within minutes, the vehicle was stopped by a Fox Crossing Police Department officer. The suspects were taken into custody without incident. The victim was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. She has been treated and released. While the investigation in ongoing, two adult males (ages 22 and 25) are in the custody of the Appleton Police Department. We are not looking for additional suspects and there is no immediate danger to the general public. The suspects will be confined later today at the Calumet County Jail. If you are a victim of sexual assault, we will be there when you call. If you wish to speak to someone regarding a sexual assault, the Sexual Assault Crisis Center also has a 24 hour hotline, (800) 722-7797.

CAREER OPPORTUNITY! Are you interested in law enforcement? Are you already working in law enforcement? The Appleton Police Department might be the place for you. We are seeking applicants for our entry level patrol officer position. As a progressive and innovative agency with 110 sworn officers. We provide an outstanding work environment for the women and men who preserve the high quality of life in our community. We believe in hiring people who will serve with distinction and integrity. We support teamwork, creative problem solving, a strong orientation of service to the community, and job enrichment. Please check out the attached link regarding the position and some of the basic requirements for candidates. If you are interested and have questions, please contact Sgt. Dave Lund at (920) 832-5509 or by email at david.lund@appleton.org.