Lake Geneva Police Department

  • Agency: Lake Geneva Police Department
  • Address: 626 Geneva Street, Lake Geneva, 53147 WI
  • Chief: Richard R Meinel (Chief of Police)

Lake Geneva Police Department is located at 626 Geneva Street, Lake Geneva, 53147 WI. The Chief of Police of the department is Richard R Meinel. The Lake Geneva Police Department phone number is (262) 248-4455.

Lake Geneva Police Department News

Big Foot Triathlon: EVENT ALERT! On Sunday, June 24th, the Big Foot Triathlon will again take place out of Big Foot Beach State Park in Lake Geneva, WI. The event will begin with the swim portion of the race at 7:00 AM, followed by the bike and run portions. In conjunction with the event, S. Lakeshore Dr. will be shut down to vehicular traffic between E. South St. and the Rt. 120 and Linton Rd. beginning at 6:00am. Lake Geneva Police along with officers from Walworth County and the Town of Linn will assist with the road closure. Please be aware that participants will be riding their bikes along the open roads of Walworth County southwest of Big Foot Beach State Park. Police officers will be placed at intersections to control traffic and keep participants safe. Bikers will be riding on the side of the road with traffic so please use caution and slow down when passing them. Visit the website www.bigfoottri.com for more information.

2018 City of Lake Geneva Police Department Fill Vacancy – Crossing Guard REASON FOR ANNOUNCEMENT: The City of Lake Geneva Police Department is establishing an eligibility list to hire a crossing guard. POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: Assist pedestrian and bus traffic crossing the roadway at Madison and Wisconsin Streets. Hours vary slightly but the normal shift is 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. during the school year. (Applicants who can only work one of the shifts are encouraged to apply) QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant must have a valid state identification card. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT INCLUDE: Pass a thorough background check. HOURLY RATE: $10.48 BENEFITS: $150.00 annual uniform/equipment allowance. APPLICATION PACKET MUST BE OBTAINED FROM THE LAKE GENEVA POLICE DEPARTMENT. IF YOU WOULD LIKE A PACKET MAILED OR E-MAILED FORWARD YOUR REQUEST TO cpapenfus@genevaonline.com. A PACKET CAN ALSO BE OBTAINED BY ACCESSING THE CITY OF LAKE GENEVA WEBSITE at www.cityoflakegeneva.com. SUBMIT APPLICATION PACKET TO: City of Lake Geneva Police Department, 626 Geneva St., Lake Geneva, WI 53147. Packets may also be emailed to Cindy Papenfus at cpapenfus@genevaonline.com. APPLY BY: 5:00 pm, Friday, June 29th, 2018 The City of Lake Geneva Police Department is an equal opportunity employer. Direct link to download the packet: https://tinyurl.com/yajh3dh4

POLICE RESPOND TO A DROWNING AT BIG FOOT BEACH STATE PARK Contact: Lieutenant Edward Gritzner FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tel: 262-248-4455 Fax: 262-248-4809 Email: egritzner@genevaonline.com Lake Geneva Police Chief Michael S. Rasmussen reports: On Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at approximately 1:05p.m., officers were dispatched to the beach area at Big Foot Beach State Park for a reported drowning. Upon arrival, witnesses stated that they observed a male approximately 110 feet off of shore struggling to stay above water. Witnesses attempted to reach the victim who went under water before they could reach him. Multiple agencies responded and searched for the victim who was located 110 feet off the shore in approximately 8 feet of water at 1:48p.m. Lifesaving efforts were started on the victim but were unsuccessful. The victim is a 53 y/o Lake Geneva man. The victim’s name is not being released at this time so family notifications can be made. The City of Lake Geneva Police Department was assisted by the following agencies: Police: Town of Linn Police Department, Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, Geneva Lakes Law Enforcement Agency, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Fire/Dive Teams: City of Lake Geneva, City of Delavan, Village of Fontana, Town of Linn, Town of Delavan, City of Whitewater, City of Burlington, Village of Darien, City of Elkhorn, Village of Williams Bay, Village of Walworth Special: Water Safety Patrol, Paratech, Racine Fire Bells, Walworth County Emergency Management, MD-1

We are looking to identify the below subject in regards to a theft from a local business. If you can identify him, PM us or call (262) 248-4455. You can remain anonymous. Thank you in advance!

POLICE RESPOND TO HOSTAGE SITUATION AT A RESIDENCE IN THE 100 BLOCK OF WEST STREET Contact: Lieutenant Edward Gritzner FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tel: 262-248-4455 Fax: 262-248-4809 Email: egritzner@genevaonline.com Lake Geneva Police Chief Michael S. Rasmussen reports: On Sunday, June 10th, 2018 at approximately 4:12a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of West St. for a report of a male being held hostage with a knife to his throat. Upon arrival, one of the residents indicated the suspect was on the 1st floor of the residence. As officers were setting up a perimeter, the suspect, Marc A. Fiorillo (pictured), 23 y/o, Fontana exited the residence with a knife in his hand. When officers announced their presence, Fiorillo dropped the knife and fled on foot, jumping over a fence and falling down an embankment. Officers pursued Fiorillo and placed him under arrest. One of the residents stated he awoke to Fiorillo holding a towel over his face and a knife to his throat. The victim indicated that Fiorillo demanded drugs and money. At one point, Fiorillo allowed this victim to call other residents on the 2nd floor to demand drugs and money. At this time, one of the residents was able to call 911. Officers interviewed Fiorillo and the occupants of this residence. Officers observed that Fiorillo appeared intoxicated. It is believed that Fiorillo and the victims are not known to one another. Fiorillo was booked into the Walworth County Jail. Charges have been referred on Fiorillo to the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office for armed robbery with use of force, false imprisonment, burglary and resisting an officer.

POLICE RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED IN PARKING LOT Contact: Lieutenant Edward Gritzner FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tel: 262-248-4455 Fax: 262-248-4809 Email: egritzner@genevaonline.com Lake Geneva Police Chief Michael S. Rasmussen reports: On Friday, June 08, 2018 at approximately 8:22p.m., officers responded the 1000 block of Wells St. for a report of two gun shots. Upon arrival, officers made contact with two persons occupying a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle that fled from the scene. One of the occupants, Stephen R. Mullens (pictured), 23 y/o, Burlington, told officers that he heard fireworks in the area. As Mullens was speaking, officers observed he appeared intoxicated and had a handgun in his pocket. An officer quickly engaged Mullens and was able to trap and remove the handgun from Mullens’s person before he could react. Mullens was placed under arrest. Officers interviewed a female companion of Mullens who indicated she picked Mullens up from a tavern outside of the City of Lake Geneva and the two pulled into a parking lot in the 1000 block of Wells St. to talk. At this time, Mullens pulled out a handgun and fired two rounds into the floorboard of the vehicle. The female companion indicated that Mullens told her the two rounds were just “blanks.” Officers were able to recover evidence at the scene indicating the firearm was fired into the floorboard of the vehicle. Mullens indicated he was attempting to clear the weapon when he fired it twice. Mullens was booked into the Walworth County Jail and charges for possession of a firearm while intoxicated, 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety, obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct have been referred to the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office.

Good work Officer Hansen and Telecommunicator Moeller! The two recently participated in the Kisses from Keegand and Friends Foundation Super Hero Shuffle. The two ran with Captain Harlow from MyTeam Triumph during the event that raises money for families affected by childhood cancer. The event was held at Big Foot Beach State Park.

Contact: Lieutenant Edward Gritzner FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tel: 262-248-4455 Fax: 262-248-4809 Email: egritzner@genevaonline.com PROVEN POLICE PRACTICES AND AUTOMATED LICENSE PLATE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY COMBINE TO RECOVER A MISSING 3 MONTH OLD GIRL Lake Geneva Police Chief Michael S. Rasmussen reports: On Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 at approximately 8:46p.m., Officers received information that a 3 month old girl was missing from Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant P.D. provided information to the City of Lake Geneva P.D. that the suspect, Craig Conway, 49 y/o, Mount Pleasant, may be in the City of Lake Geneva. Mount Pleasant detectives searched a shared database that stores automated license plate recognition system (ALPRS) information and discovered two separate City of Lake Geneva P.D. patrol cars passed the vehicle Conway was driving within the City of Lake Geneva. Sergeant Hall obtained photos of Conway and the vehicle he was driving and shared them with patrol officers. Sergeant Hall recognized that the vehicle appeared to be parked by the Lake Geneva Public Library from the ALPR photos. Reserve Officer Chad Murphey immediately recognized Conway and indicated he observed Conway with the child on the Riviera Beach a short time prior while he and Reserve Officer Wolke were conducting foot patrol in the downtown business district. Officer Bouland located the vehicle Conway was operating moments later on Wrigley Dr. south of Main St. Officer Gee remained with the vehicle if Conway returned with the child. Officers began to search the downtown business district for Conway and the child. Minutes later, Sergeant Hall observed Conway and the child on the Riviera Beach. Conway was confronted and taken into custody without incident. Officers transported the child to the police department. Conway was turned over to Mount Pleasant P.D. and the child was reunited with her mother at the City of Lake Geneva Police Department.

Chief Rasmussen is proud to announce that the City of Lake Geneva Police Department has been recognized as a Dementia Friendly Department. The recognition was presented this morning by the Walworth County Aging Network Dementia Friendly Community Initiative. The recognition was earned for the education and training of staff to recognize and understand the symptoms and signs of dementia as well as training staff on positive communication techniques and evaluating and adapting their environment to improve access to all people. Pictured left to right: Mayor Hartz, Bernadette Russow, Eric Russow, Bonnie Beam-Stratz, Chief Rasmussen, Lieutenant Gritzner and Lieutenant Way.

Thanks to the students at Central Denison for making this thank you card for our department! #LGPD #yourewelcome

We are testing tornado sirens again throughout the City today. These are just a test to make sure each location is working properly!

Tornado sirens will be tested throughout the City today. These are just a test to make sure each location is working properly!

ROAD CLOSURE: Memorial Day Parade. 10:00am today, On Broad St. from Dodge St. south to Wrigley Dr. Ceremony in Flatiron Park. Plan your route accordingly.

Thank you to Eric and Bernadette Russow of the Walworth County Dementia Friendly Community Initiative and Bonnie Beam of the Alzheimer's Association for training staff today. The training included information to recognize signs of dementia and Alzheimer's as well as tips for communicating and assisting individuals effected by the disease. For more information visit alz.org or contact the Walworth County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 800-365-1587. #LGPDTrain #LGPD

Notice: Replica firearms will be used downtown A film festival group will be doing some filming in the 100 and 200 blocks of Broad St. today from 6:30pm-1:00am. Locations include, Hogs N Kisses, The Geneva Theater and in front of Thumbs Up. The theme is similar to Mad Max and they will have some Mad Max style vehicles. In addition, they are going to have some movie set armorers providing the characters with replica firearms. Most of the filming is inside but there will be times the characters are in front of these locations with their replica firearms.

Upcoming Ramp Closures at US 12 and WIS 120 interchange: As part of the WIS 120 reconstruction project, on May 29, crews will be closing the adjacent US 12 interchange ramps for approximately 35 days. The ramp closures are necessary to build new roundabouts at the ramp terminals. Access along WIS 120 will still be maintained. Both directions of traffic will utilize the southbound lanes while the new northbound lanes are constructed. What to Expect • Ramps scheduled to open prior to July 4 travel • Traffic on WIS 120 will be directed to access US 12 via the WIS 50 interchange • Eastbound US 12 traffic will be detoured to WIS 120 and County H by: o Exiting at the WIS 50 interchange, and using Edwards Boulevard and Sheridan Springs Road • Westbound US 12 traffic will be detoured to WIS 120 by: o Utilizing I-43 and WIS 11 • Westbound US 12 traffic will be detoured to County H by: o Exiting at the WIS 50 interchange, and using Edwards Boulevard and Sheridan Springs Road

Update: He has been identified! We need your help identifying the below subject in reference to a retail theft from a local business. Please call (262) 248-4455 or PM us if you can help! You can remain anonymous. Thanks in advance!

On May 17, 2018 at our annual awards ceremony, TEMS operator John Peters, Detective Joseph Ecklund, Sergeant Jason Hall and Communications Supervisor Jean Froggatt were presented with service bars. This includes a bar for service to the department above and beyond regular assigned duties. These bars are for five or more years of service to the SWAT team, serving as a field training officer or communications training officer and for serving as a trainer for various disciplines. TEMS operator Peters/SWAT, Detective Joseph Ecklund/FTO-10 years, Sergeant Jason Hall/FTO-15 years and Communications Supervisor Jean Froggatt/CTO-20 years. Communications Supervisor Jean Froggatt is not pictured and Ben Peters accepted his dad, John Peters service bar as dad had to respond to a structure fire that occurred during the ceremony. On behalf of Chief Rasmussen and the Lake Geneva Police and Fire Commission, we thank each of you for your hard work and dedication carrying out the mission of the City of Lake Geneva Police Department, Congratulations!

On May 17, 2018 at our annual awards ceremony, Officer Kaitlin Tietz was presented with the Albert C. Exner Employee of the Year award. Officer Kaitlin Tietz has been selected as the Albert C. Exner Employee of the Year. The selection process for this distinguished award begins with all police department personnel being asked to complete a nomination form describing the reasons they feel the employee is deserving of the honor. When the nomination forms were read, it was clear that Officer Kaitlin Tietz is well respected by her peers and deserving of such an honor. Officer Tietz, assigned to the Patrol Division, has been serving the citizens of the City of Lake Geneva since 2013. In addition to her patrol duties, Officer Tietz serves as a field training officer, an emergency medical technician, a vehicle contacts instructor, a standardized field sobriety test instructor and a member of the Special Events Team. When reading the nomination papers, Officer Tietz was repeatedly described as a hard worker and an employee that maintains the highest level of performance during her day-to-day assignments. Officer Tietz was also described as a leader, a go-to officer and role model to young officers. Officer Tietz is willing to take on all tasks assigned to her and continuously goes above and beyond to ensure these tasks are completed in exemplary fashion. Based on the nominations, it is clear Officer Tietz is revered by fellow co-workers and supervisors alike.

On May 17, 2018 at our annual awards ceremony, Officer Aaron Greetham and Officer Kaitlin Tietz were awarded Life Saving Bars: On October 28th, 2017, officers were dispatched to an unresponsive male at a local hotel. The 911 caller was clearly panicked and indicated this male was not breathing and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was in progress. Officer Tietz, a trained emergency medical technician, arrived on scene with an automated external defibrillator (AED) and immediately began to treat the victim. Officer Tietz relieved a bystander and began performing CPR on the victim. Officer Greetham arrived on scene moments later and immediately connected the AED leads to the victim. Officer Tietz and Officer Greetham switched off performing CPR until responding emergency medical service personnel arrived and relieved them. Thanks to Officer Tietz and Officer Greetham’s expedited and calm response, the victim was transported to a local hospital, where he made a full recovery.

On May 17, 2018 at our annual awards ceremony, Sergeant Jason Hall was awarded a Letter of Commendation: On August 16th, 2017, officers were dispatched to the area of Eastview Elementary School for a report of a distraught juvenile who had removed a manhole cover and entered a sewer drain. Officers arrived on scene and attempted to communicate with the juvenile, who would not respond. Sergeant Hall had been trained in crisis intervention techniques and responded to the scene to apply these methods in hopes to talk the juvenile out of the sewer drain. Crisis intervention techniques provide law enforcement-based intervention methods for assisting individuals with mental illness. Sergeant Hall removed his duty belt and entered the sewer drain to establish communication with the distraught juvenile while back up officers ensured his safety. Sergeant Hall patiently communicated and established a rapport with the juvenile, who eventually agreed to exit the sewer drain without incident. The juvenile was turned over to the care of his parents. Sergeant Hall continues to utilize crisis intervention techniques to ensure the safety of those in crisis requiring a law enforcement response. In addition, Sergeant Hall has become an instructor in de-escalation techniques and is training officers to utilize these methods. Sergeant Hall’s willingness to apply these new techniques demonstrates his commitment to the City of Lake Geneva Police Department’s mission of progressive policing and works towards the department’s innovative vision.

On May 17, 2018 at our annual awards ceremony, Telecommunicator Moeller, Officer Gee, Officer McNeil, Detective Keller, and Sergeant Derrick were awarded a Letter of Commendation: On February 15th, 2018, officers were requested to assist the Town of Geneva Police Department with a fight at the Sugar Shack. During the altercation, one suspect fled the scene in a truck. The suspect was pursued through three separate jurisdictions outside of the City of Lake Geneva. Officers Gee and McNeil, Sergeant Derrick and Telecommunicator Moeller monitored radio traffic to set up strategic positions in the event the suspect entered the City. The suspect was eventually pursued into the City on South Lakeshore Drive south of South Street, where Officer McNeil successfully deployed stop sticks that disabled the vehicle. The suspect fled on foot from the disabled vehicle. At this time, officers learned the suspect may be in possession of a handgun. Sergeant Derrick took command of the incident, setting up a perimeter with officers from multiple jurisdictions, and Telecommunicator Moeller monitored all communications. Sergeant Derrick and Officer McNeil tracked the suspect’s footprints in the snow, while the perimeter was secured with assistance from Officer Gee. Sergeant Derrick requested Detective Keller to respond to the scene with the department’s unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) to assist in the search for the suspect with use of the drone’s forward looking infrared. Within minutes, Detective Keller was able to locate the suspect’s heat signature. Sergeant Derrick coordinated the arrest team, who approached the suspect. A law enforcement K-9 approached and bit the suspect, who did not respond. Officers approached the suspect, who was found unconscious, taken into custody without incident and immediately treated for signs of hypothermia. The coordinated effort of these department members ensured a quick recovery of the suspect, who was highly intoxicated and unable to care for himself. The actions displayed by Telecommunicator Moeller, Officer Gee, Officer McNeil, Detective Keller and Sergeant Derrick reflect the courage and professionalism expected from those serving the City of Lake Geneva.

On May 17, 2018 at our annual awards ceremony, Sergeant Jason Hall was recognized for 20 years of service to the City of Lake Geneva.

On May 17, 2018 at our annual awards ceremony, Officer Lucas Hansen, Data Systems Administrator Courtney Hinzpeter, Sergeant Sean Hinzpeter, Officer Brandi Nelson, and Officer Brent Spotz were recognized for 10 years of service to the City of Lake Geneva.

On May 17, 2018 at our annual awards ceremony, Administrative Assistant Cindy Papenfus, Officer Caleb Tracy, Officer Kaitlin Tietz, and Records Clerk Holly Povish were recognized for 5 years of service to the City of Lake Geneva. (Pictured are Officer Tietz and Records Clerk Povish)