Whitewater Police Department

  • Agency: Whitewater Police Department
  • Address: 312 W Whitewater St, Whitewater, 53190 WI
  • Chief: James R Coan (Chief of Police)

Whitewater Police Department is located at 312 W Whitewater St, Whitewater, 53190 WI. The Chief of Police of the department is James R Coan. The Whitewater Police Department phone number is 262-473-0555.

Whitewater Police Department News

Hats and Horns! Our K9 Officer Ruso turns 3 years old today! Merriest of birthdays Ruso!!!

A spectacular pre-sunset display over Whitewater last night. Did you see it?

If you have any information to the incident below, please contact the Whitewater Police Department or email JStuppy@whitewater-wi.gov

What an amazing job! Thank you Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity for raising over $3,000 for the K-9 program! We appreciate the support!

Please see the update below regarding the Hold/Lock down that was in effect this morning at the Whitewater High School and Middle School. The Whitewater Police Department would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while the school was searched ensuring the safety of the students, faculty and community. Update- 11:54 AM. The Hold/Lock for the Whitewater Middle School and Whitewater High School is no longer in effect. Classes have resumed. At approximately 10:30 AM, a student reported another student with a knife in the hallway. This initiated a Hold/Lock investigation and search of the Whitewater High School. The Whitewater Police Department, the UW-Whitewater Police and the Walworth County Sheriff’s office responded and conducted two searches of the Whitewater High School resulting in a Hold/Lock at the Whitewater High School and Middle School. Precautions were also taken at Lincoln Elementary due to the proximity to the Whitewater High School. A room by room search, outdoor search and searches of the facility and students matching the reported clothing descriptions were conducted. No weapons were found. Classes have resumed with a heightened sense of awareness. If you have any information related to this incident, please contact the Whitewater Police Department, 262-473-0555.

On Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at approximately 9:30 PM, a suspect approached a maroon truck parked at the Golden State Foods parking lot located at 729 E Executive Dr. The suspect took a loaded Ruger LCP .380 hand gun* (correction to the name of item originally posted), iphone 7, adderall and other miscellaneous items and placed them in a large orange and gray soft-sided lunch box. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’10” with a medium build. Anyone with information should contact Lt. Elder of the Whitewater Police Department at jelder@whitewater-wi.gov or 262-473-0555. Thank you for your assistance.

If you would like to submit a tip to local area Crime Stoppers, you can visit www.p3tips.com.


This past August, the Whitewater Police Department conducted a training exercise at Whitewater High School. The police department, in conjunction with the Unified School District and the help of many other surrounding agencies, trained for a rapid response to an active threat. The training went very well and all staff and representatives learned a great deal. It is important to stay calm and safe in a dangerous situation. Hoping we never have to use these skills, it's comforting to know our team is trained and prepared to keep our community safe. Thank you to all everyone who played a role in this process. Images provided by the Daily Jefferson County Union.

Ruso is always on the job and always prepared! Good job Ruso!

Did you see Ruso directing traffic at the Marathon over the weekend? His duties and skills are endless!

The Whitewater Police Department is investigating a theft that occurred at Burtness Chevrolet Buick GMC located at 1389 W. Main St. in the City of Whitewater. Sometime between 3:00pm, Sunday, September 3, 2017 and 8:00am, Monday, September 4, 2017. A 2017 Buick Regal Sport Touring passenger car had been lifted and put on wood blocks. All four wheels and tires were stolen. The tires are Michelin Primacy tires, size: P235/50/R18. Also taken were the tire pressure sensors for all four tires, all lug nuts and silver Buick wheel caps for all four wheels The wheels are black paint/chrome mix alloy wheels. The wheels and tires are identical to the ones shown in the attached photo. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the City of Whitewater Police Department at (262) 473-0555. Thank you!

On September 10th, 2017 an unknown individual attempted to pry open the door to Dominos Pizza, located at 1139 W. Main St. Anyone with information should contact Officer Borchardt at (262)473-0555 or nborchardt@whitewater-wi.gov. Thank You.

Remembering and honoring those who have fallen 16 years ago.

Pay close attention to your cash. Counterfeit $20 and $100 bills have been circulating in the Janesville area. To learn more on how to detect fake bills, visit https://www.uscurrency.gov/seven-denominations.

We were proud to participate in Cop on a Rooftop this year to raise funds for Special Olympics on August 11th. Officers Jake Hintz and Shane Brandl had a great time visiting with citizens and raising money! This was the 6th year that local law enforcement throughout the state hung out at local Dunkin' Donuts to help this great cause. Hope these two got a tasty coffee break!

The Whitewater Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying the individual in the photos below in regard to an ongoing theft investigation. The vehicle shown below is also associated with the incident. Anyone with information about the subject or vehicle is asked to contact Officer Michele Martin at the Whitewater Police Department at mmartin@whitewater-wi.gov or (262)473-0555. Thank you!

The Whitewater Police Department is asking for the public's assistance identifying the person in this picture in relation to an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information can contact Detective Lieutenant Kolb at 262-473-1369 or nkolb@whitewater-wi.gov

The Whitewater Police Department participated in this year’s county-wide 2017 National Night Out at the Walworth County Fair Grounds. Whitewater School Resource Officer Jacob Hintz facilitated a “shoot-don’t-shoot” event, providing a hands-on opportunity to citizens to be the police officer and role play in making make life changing decisions. Officer Hintz was also voluntarily “Tased” to allow the public to see how a Taser can be deployed and the effects it has on the individual it is used on. Thanks to everyone who came out to support local law enforcement. Hope to see you next year!

The Whitewater Police Department is investigating a hit and run crash that occurred in the 300 block of N. Tratt St. around 3:00am on Sunday, August 6, 2017. The attached photo is of the vehicle that was struck. It was parked and unattended at the time of the crash. From the vehicle parts gathered at the scene and witness statements, the striking vehicle was identified as a darker colored pickup truck with a topper on it with silver/gray trim. The truck will most likely be a 2011-2014 GMC Sierra HD 2500 or 3500 model pickup truck. The truck will have heavy damage to its front/passenger corner. It is unknown if the driver or any occupants of the truck were injured. If you have any information regarding the striking vehicle, its driver or possible occupants, please contact Officer Kyle Hathorn at (262) 473-0555 or via email at khathorn@whitewater-wi.gov. Thank you!

The Whitewater Police Department is investigating a recent theft complaint and is seeking assistance in identifying the individual in the center of the attached photos. If you can identify this subject, please contact Officer Kyle Hathorn at khathorn@whitewater-wi-gov or by calling (262) 473-0555. Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the 4th of July festivities. Officers Kyle Hathorn and Nick Borchardt enjoy a nice conversation with citizens while on patrol. We love when people stop to say "Hi!" Photo courtesy of Tom Ganser

Press Release - July 11, 2017