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

Update on Suspicious Packages At Post Office The individual responsible for leaving two packages in the parking lot of the Appleton Post Office has been identified. On Monday, January 15, 2018, at approximately 12:54 AM, officers were dispatched to the rear parking lot of the Appleton Post Office to check on two suspicious packages. The circumstances of them being there was out of the ordinary. As a result, the joint Brown/Outagamie County Bomb Squad was called to check on the contents of the packages. This afternoon, the Appleton Police Department, with assistance from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, was able to locate the individual responsible for leaving the packages in the parking lot. The adult male, who has mental health issues and resides in a group home, had taken the packages to the post office with intentions of the packages being delivered to a friend in Colorado. Our officer met with the man and a staff member to talk about the issues surrounding him leaving the packages at the postal facility. The Appleton Police Department will not be requesting charges.

Suspicious Packages Prompt Bomb Squad Response Two suspicious packages, left in the parking lot of the Appleton Post Office, prompted the overnight response of the local bomb squad. On Monday, January 15, 2018, at approximately 12:54 AM, officers were dispatched to the rear parking lot of the Appleton Post Office to check on two suspicious packages. A postal employee told officers he had been approached around 11:55 PM by an unidentified man. The man put the two packages on the ground of the parking lot and walked away, after repeatedly telling the employee to send the packages to Denver, Colorado. Despite being informed of the proper mailing procedure, the male party was insistent on having the employee handle the packages. The postal employee told officers the boxes, which were not addressed or properly secured, appeared to contain wiring. The immediate area was secured and postal employees were moved to a different portion of the building. The joint Brown/Outagamie Bomb Squad responded to check on the contents of the packages. It was determined that one package contained a DVD player and power cords, while the other package contained packing material. The Appleton Police Department would like to speak to the person who left the packages. He is described as a white male, in his 50’s, having a scruffy appearance. He is approximately 5’11” tall and weighs approximately 270 pounds. He had on a green, military-style coat, a black stocking cap, red scarf and blue jeans when the incident occurred. If you have information, you are asked to call the Appleton Police Department’s non-emergency phone number (920) 832-5500. If you have information, but wish to remain anonymous, please consider using the REPORT feature on the Appleton Police Department’s free phone app.

LET'S REDUCE BURGLARIES Appleton is a very safe community. We don't have high numbers of violent crime and even our property crime numbers are fairly low. For 2018, let's take steps to drive those numbers down some more; starting with burglaries. ***Most burglaries are preventable*** Here are a few tips to help you avoid being burglarized: 1. Lock your doors - front and back. 2. Lock your doors - service door from garage. 3. Close and lock your garage door. 4. Lock your windows - especially ground level windows. 5. Use outside lights - turn on your porchlight. 6. Use inside lights - buy a timer to use in your absence. 7. Cancel mail when you are out-of-town. 8. Have someone check your home when you leave town. 9. Consider a security system. 10. Don't leave keys in "secret" hiding places. We have averaged about 160 burglaries a year for the past 5 years. Let's improve on those numbers!

ANATOMY OF A HIRING PROCESS 1. Complete Online Application 2. Physical Fitness Test 3. Panel Interview 4. Written Assessment 5. Chief's Interview 6. Personal Evaluation Profile 7. Police and Fire Commission Interview 8. Background Investigation 9. Psychological Examination 10. Polygraph Examination 11. Health Examination Are you ready to join us? Do you know someone who wants to serve our community? We are accepting applications. Follow this link https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/appletonwi/jobs/1950624/police-officer?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs If you have questions, please contact Sgt. David Lund at david.lund@appleton.org or (920) 832-5509.

NOW HIRING - CROSSING GUARDS - $13.24 PER HOUR The Appleton Police Department is currently accepting online applications for the adult crossing guard position (both Full-time and Alternate positions). The work involves reporting to your designated post twice-a-day for one (1) hour shifts. We provide equipment and training. Please click on this link for additional information https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/appletonwi/jobs/1950515/crossing-guard-regular-and-alternate?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs For additional information, please call Sgt. David Lund at (920) 832-5500 or email him at david.lund@appleton.org

We appreciate WFRV-TV Channel 5 and Alexandra Burnley for putting the spotlight on suspicious activity possibly linked to human trafficking. #humantraffickingawarenessday

Now is your chance to apply for a spot in an academy that will teach you almost all you need to know about the City of Appleton. Join us and the Appleton Fire Department in the Fall of 2018 to learn the rest. 😀

CONGRATULATING SGT. DEWALL ON HIS RETIREMENT Today, we celebrate the retirement of Sgt. Pat DeWall. Sgt. DeWall has worked for the Appleton Police Department for 24 years. During his career, he worked as a Community Liaison Officer, was a member of the department's SWAT team and served the department for a number of years as our Public Information Officer (PIO). The Appleton Police Department wishes Sgt. DeWall a long and healthy retirement! Thanks for your service!

RESULTS OF COMMUNITY SURVEY ON PUBLIC SAFETY In June of 2017, the Appleton Police Department sought public opinion by asking the question, “How are we doing?” in the form of a survey entitled, “Community Survey on Public Safety”. We can now announce the results of the survey, which provide us insight on the thoughts and perceptions of the community, while providing recommendations for our agency to improve upon. The Appleton Police Department endeavored to create a survey approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) and overseen by an independent party. This would provide as much credibility as possible to the results. The survey, prepared by Silver Lake College, utilizing a random sampling, was sent to 1052 Appleton residences. This citywide distribution, based on the density of the population, measured and analyzed the perception of Appleton residents toward the Appleton Police Department in a variety of categories. Some of the key findings of the survey: Regarding Employees and the Department • 85% of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall performance of the department. • 84% said APD officers demonstrated honesty and integrity a lot or to a great extent. • 80% of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with their last contact with APD. Community Safety • 84% of the respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with APD’s efforts to provide safety in the community. • The top three public safety issues citywide (citizen response): 1. Drug Abuse 2. Traffic Issues/Reckless Driving/Inattentive Driving 3. Driving Under the Influence Trust While the survey as a whole was important, perhaps the most important question was, “To what extent do you trust the Appleton Police Department?” Without trust from the community, we can’t properly perform our duties, or make our community a safe, supportive place to live and raise our families. According to a recent national Gallup Poll, 57% of Americans had a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the police. Our survey results indicated 86.3% of those who responded trusted the APD a lot or to a great extent. Another 9.4% had some trust in the APD, for a total of 95.7%. These are significant and important numbers. The community and employees of the Appleton Police Department should be very proud of these results. Action Steps We will develop responses to the recommendations we received. We will look for additional ways to partner with the community to respond to their concerns. The top public safety issues mentioned in the survey have been a priority of our department. We will continue to look for creative ways to address those concerns. I want to thank all the community members who took the time to complete the surveys. We are listening. A summary report of the findings and a spreadsheet with the responses and graphs is on our website and can be viewed by following the attached link. http://www.appleton.org/residents/police/about-apd/annual-report-and-management-plan/community-survey-on-public-safety If you have additional feedback or questions about the survey please email APDFeedback@Appleton.org . We will respond to those questions and feedback. Chief Todd Thomas

INAPPROPRIATE APPROPRIATION Officer Shuman is investigating a retail theft on January 4, 2018. We have attached several photos of the suspect and the vehicle involved in the incidents. The individual may have also been involved in other retail theft incidents in the Beaver Dam and Hartford areas. The vehicle involved is believed to be a Honda. Please share this post with friends, family and co-workers. If you can assist Officer Shuman with identification of the individual or 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 Shuman. 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.

TOO MUCH??? Early on January 5th, an officer stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. The driver, a 24 year-old Appleton man, was suspended and operating without vehicle insurance. We encounter suspended and revoked drivers everyday. The kicker on this stop? Our officer issued the man his 31st Operating After Suspension citation...within the past 5 years!!! Does this seem crazy to anyone on THE FORCE?

SPRING NEW VCR TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT The Fox Cities Victim Crisis Response Team (VCR Team) is looking for compassionate and caring individuals to join their VCR team. The Fox Cities Victim Crisis Response Team (VCR Team) is a volunteer organization designed to assist local police departments in providing advocacy, support, and assistance to members of the community and their families who are victims of crime or who are in crisis. Trained VCR volunteers respond directly to the scene when summoned by members of the police department. The Fox Cities Victim Crisis Response Team members respond to a variety of incidents including suicide, homicide, robbery, abuse, death notifications, and accidents. NOTE: The VCR program runs 24 hours a day 365 days a year, so some evening hours/overnights are required. DETAILS: -Orientation will be March 5th or March 8th - 6:30-7:30p. -Spring training will be held April 10th and 12th 5:30-9:30p, April 20, 2018 - 5:30-9:30p and April 21, 2018 - 9a-3p. -Applications are due no later than February 16, 2018, to be considered for the Spring training session. Please fill out the below application if you are interested and one of the leadership team members will get back to you. http://www.grandchute.net/departmen…/police/victim-services/

SEE YOU ON TUESDAY! On Tuesday, January 9, 2018, we will be hosting our 2nd Annual L.E.A.D. Event at the Appleton Police Department. The event will be held between 3 PM and 5 PM. What is L.E.A.D.? Law Enforcement Appreciation Day What are we doing for L.E.A.D.? - We are offering tours of the police department, viewing of our museum and demonstrations of equipment. A special presentation will include our K9 unit. We hope to see you there!

CALLING ON THE FORCE ***SUBJECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED*** Officer Lehman is investigating a retail theft occurring at a north side retail store on November 13, 2017. He would like to identify the individual shown in the attached photo. Please share this post with friends, family and co-workers. If you can assist Officer Lehman with identification of the 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 Officer Lehman. 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.

Overnight Parking Permission Available Online The City of Appleton has had an ordinance since 1965 restricting on-street parking between the hours of 2 and 5 AM. Citizens are able to request permission, up to 7 times per month, to be exempt from enforcement, while parking on the street during those hours. To reduce the need for people to call for parking permission, the Appleton Police Department has worked with the City of Appleton Information Technology Department to create an online parking permission site. In addition to seeking parking permission, the site also allows community members to report parking violations. Individuals, without online access, may still call the Appleton Police Department’s non-emergency phone number (920) 832-5500 to seek parking permission. Community members are reminded of temporary restrictions during which time no permission will be granted. This includes special events, annual leaf collection and weather related events. The new online tool can be found at the City of Appleton website by following the attached link. It can also be found on the home page of the City of Appleton website (www.appleton.org) under the “Online Services” heading.

GOATEES FOR GOOD - DID REAL WELL We had a lot of fun with our Goatees for Good campaign in November and December. For many participants, it was the first time they have had the opportunity to grow a goatee. For some, it was a good look; for others, not so much. Earlier this week, Sgt. Van Zeeland and Sgt. Bredael took a drive to Milwaukee to present the money raised during Goatees for Good. With a last minute push, the total donation exceeded $6,000. While our hope is for no member of our department or of our Facebook Force to have to utilize the services offered by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin; we feel good about helping to provide support to the organization. Thanks to many community members who helped us easily exceed our initial goal of $5,000.

"EXCUSE ME SIR, I BELIEVE YOU DROPPED YOUR WEED" Officer Derek Anderson is investigating a lost property case. The individual shown in the attached photos, had a careless moment while inside a southside convenience store on January 3, 2018. Seems a jacket pocket may not have been quite large enough to hold his baggie full of "green, leafy material". It dropped on the floor and the possibly "dazed or confused" owner walked away. If you recognize this potential Coloradoan, we'd like to speak to him. Please share this post with friends, family and co-workers. If you can assist Officer Derek Anderson with identification of the 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 Officer Anderson. 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.

CONGRATULATING SGT. HAMMEN ON HIS RETIREMENT Today, we celebrate the retirement of Sgt. Mike Hammen. Sgt. Hammen has worked for the Appleton Police Department for 22 years. During his career, he worked as a School Resource Officer, investigated crashes as a member of the department's CRASH team and was a Field Training Officer (FTO). Sgt. Hammen has also been the department's Forensic Artist for many years. He has completed many suspect sketches for our agency and other law enforcement agencies in the area. In retirement, we expect to see more of his fantastic art; which is definitely more enjoyable than his police sketches. The Appleton Police Department wishes Sgt. Hammen a long and healthy retirement! Thanks for your service!

WINTER WEATHER - PET SAFETY With a couple of cold weeks behind us, there is plenty of winter left on the calendar. We are sure to have some cold, nasty weather ahead. While we normally talk about keeping our two-legged population safe, we switch gears today to remind people about taking care of their pets. Our four-legged friends need to be watched over during the cold winter months. While some dog breeds do well in cold temperatures, others are simply not built to withstand cold temperatures for an extended period. For example; A Bernese Mountain Dog will do better in cold temperatures than a Chihuahua. The Bernese has a thicker coat and more body fat than the Chihuahua. Even if a dog fares better in the cold, it doesn't mean they should be outside for extended periods of time. Dogs are subject to frostbite and hypothermia too! Not to leave out the felines, they also need to be cared for when they are let outside. The Appleton Police Department encourages the use of good discretion when leaving your animals outside for any extended period of time. We wouldn't leave an animal in a hot car in the summer, why would we leave them to suffer in the cold during the winter? If you have animal questions or concerns, please contact our Community Service Officers at the Appleton Police Department's non-emergency phone number (920) 832-5500.

Police Investigate Crash Involving Pedestrian The Appleton Police Department and Wisconsin State Patrol are investigating a crash involving the serious injury of a pedestrian by a motor vehicle. On January 2, 2018, at 6:46 PM, officers from the Appleton Police Department responded to a crash in the 800 block of West Packard Street. Arriving officers located a pedestrian in the roadway. He had been struck by a vehicle travelling eastbound on West Packard Street. The pedestrian, an 80 year-old male from Appleton, was walking across the street when the crash occurred. He was transported to a local hospital; where he is receiving treatment for life threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle, a 54 year-old male from Appleton, stopped following the crash. He was alone in the vehicle and was uninjured. Investigators of the Appleton Police Department have requested the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol for scene reconstruction. It is anticipated the roadway will be closed for several hours while measurements and evidence collection take place. The investigation is continued. Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor. No citations have been issued.

BATTER UP - FIRST FORCE POST OF 2018 Officer Shuman is investigating a smash & grab from a vehicle on December 30, 2017. Credit cards stolen during the theft were used at a business in Grand Chute. The same suspects may have been involved in a similar case occurring in Fox Valley Metro's jurisdiction. Officer Shuman would like to identify the individuals shown in the attached photos. Please share this post with friends, family and co-workers. If you can assist Officer Shuman with identification of the individuals, 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 Shuman. 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.

Swearing In of New Officers This morning we welcomed our newest officers by holding a swearing-in ceremony in front of their family, friends and co-workers. Officer Payne Hughes and Officer Anthony Shuman will be headed to the road in our Field Training Officer (FTO) Program. Officer Nick Morelock will be headed to FVTC Public Safety Training Center to attend the 720 hour recruit academy. The camera was unfortunately out of position until the 4:16 mark of the video.

A CHAPTER CLOSES As we prepare for 2018, we thank "THE FORCE" for their continued support. We hope the information we have provided you throughout 2017, was helpful. We'll continue to educate, inform and occasionally, entertain in 2018. Maybe today involves watching the Green Bay Packers or heading out this evening to watch Wild Adriatic and other Mile of Music Festival bands. It could involve a nice dinner on the town, a movie or drinks at a friend's house. Whatever you do, we hope you enjoy the final day of 2017 safely. On a night often referred to as "Amateur Night", we urge anyone drinking to avoid driving. There is no good excuse to get behind the wheel after drinking. Call a cab, check out the Uber or Lyft app, rent a room, have a designated driver or walk. Getting arrested is not the start anyone wants for a new year!

JUMP AROUND! Tonight is the Orange Bowl featuring the Wisconsin Badgers and some team from Florida. We'd love to see a victory from Bucky to cap off a great season. However, more important to us is you celebrating the game safely. If you are going out to watch the game and game watching includes adult beverages, consider alternatives to driving. There are many ways to avoid getting behind the wheel after drinking; taxis, Uber, Lyft, designated drivers and walking are just some of the best. Don't include us in your pre-game, game or post-game plans!