Hartford Police Department

  • Agency: Hartford Police Department
  • Address: 109 N Main Street, Hartford, 53027 WI
  • Chief: David A Groves (Chief of Police)

Hartford Police Department is located at 109 N Main Street, Hartford, 53027 WI. The Chief of Police of the department is David A Groves. The Hartford Police Department phone number is (262) 673-2600.

Hartford Police Department News

The 2018 Hartford Police Department's Mini-Academy came to an end today. We would like ot thank everyone that presented, attended, or volunteered to make it a HUGE success! Special thanks to the Hartford Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association, the Schauer Center, Sweet Creations, Walmart, Schubert's Hartford Theatre, the O'Meara Law Firm, and to all of our local restaurants and hotels that welcomed over 850 attendees in this record setting year!

Community Assistance The Hartford Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred on 03-05-2018. We are attempting to identify the owner/operator of the vehicle in the video below. The vehicle is described as a black 1997 to 1998 Lincoln Mark 8 2-door. The vehicle has dark, tinted windows and front end damage. If anyone has information as to the location, owner, or operator of this vehicle, please either send us a private message, or contact Detective Engebretsen at (262)673-2600 Please share this video, and as always, thank you for your help!

INFORMATIONAL RELEASE Attempted Armed Robbery 03-05-18 On Monday, March 5, 2018, at approximately 6:54am, an unknown male subject entered the Petro Quick Mart at 1502 E. Sumner St. displayed a knife and told the clerk that they were there to rob the gas station. The clerk refused to comply with the subject’s demands and armed himself with a hammer, and approached the suspect. The suspect then left the store, and the clerk followed. The two subjects had a brief physical altercation outside the store, before the suspect broke away and fled to a vehicle that was parked behind the gas station. The subject then drove eastbound from the scene. The suspect is described as approximately 6’04”, 180-190 pounds, with a thin “skinny” build. The subject was dressed from head to toe in black clothing and wore gloves and a mask. The suspect vehicle was dark in color, 2 door sedan, possibly a Lincoln. The 53-year-old clerk received a minor scratch on his hand during the struggle, but it is not believed that the injury was caused by the suspect’s knife. The clerk refused medical attention for his injuries. It is not known if the suspect received any injuries during the altercation. No money was taken during this incident. This investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Hartford Police Department at (262)673-2600, or on-line at http://ci.hartford.wi.us/forms.aspx?FID=64. Callers can also remain anonymous by calling the Washington County Law Enforcement Tip Program at (800)232-0594.

INFORMATIONAL RELEASE Hartford’s commitment to school safety 02-27-18 In light of recent incidents at our local schools we believe that it is important to provide some clarification to address many of the concerns that have been expressed by members of our community. We try to provide informational releases to keep our community informed of significant incidents. These releases are not designed to, nor are they intended to share every fact or detail regarding specific incidents. We believe that an informed community is a safer community. It is important to understand that every incident is different. No two incidents are completely identical. The outcome of any investigation is completely fact dependent. The totality of the circumstances involved in a specific incident will determine if charges will or will not be issued. The statutory elements of any offense charged must be established by the specific facts established during a given investigation. State Statute 947.01 establishes the elements of a Disorderly Conduct charge. Charges issued for the recent incidents were referred against the suspects because the investigations established that the elements of that offense could be established. None of these charges were dealt with via municipal citations or “tickets.” These were referred as criminal offenses, Class B misdemeanors. We believe that is the appropriate venue for anything of this serious nature. Other specific charges were not referred because the findings of our investigations into the facts and circumstances surrounding the matters did not yield sufficient evidence to meet the necessary burden of proof required for charging those offenses. The Hartford Police Department, the Hartford Union High School District, the School District of Hartford Jt. #1, and the Hartford Community share a commitment to maintaining a safe learning environment for our students. We have, and we will continue to keep that commitment as a priority. We take these matters very seriously, and we will continue to take appropriate action to address any similar incidents.

Chief David Groves is presenting a plaque to Kettle Moraine Lodge #10 of the WI Fraternal Order of Police for their very generous donation of $2000 toward the K-9 Program of the Hartford Police Department. Pictured: Chief David Groves Matthew Rohlinger, President, WI FOP Kettle Moraine Lodge #10 Dustin Becker, Secretary, WI FOP Kettle Moraine Lodge #10 Officer Nate Dorn Officer Cash

INFORMATIONAL RELEASE Student taken into custody after making threat on video 02-27-18 On Monday, February 26, 2018, at approximately 3:09pm, the Hartford Police Department was dispatched to the Hartford Union High School for a report of a student making threats against the school. Upon arrival, officers met with school administrators who gave the following information. A student had approached them to report that they had seen a Snap Chat video that afternoon of another HUHS student that had been recorded at the school that day. The student reported that in the video the student had made a comment about shooting up the school and asking the viewer not to tell anyone. Students had already been released from classes for the day at the time our department received this report. In the course of this investigation, Hartford officers were able to identify a student who had the video on their phone. The officers responded to the student’s home and download the video for evidentiary purposes. Officers also interviewed multiple other students who had observed the video or had been present when it was recorded at the high school that day. No evidence was found to establish that weapons were in the student’s possession at the time they made the video, and none were located on school grounds. No additional evidence was found to suggest that weapons were ever actually present on school grounds in this incident. No further evidence has been found that would establish any additional intent to act upon these comments. The suspect told officers that the video was intended to be “a joke.” The suspect, a 16-year-old Hartford resident, was taken into custody at their residence at 6:30pm without further incident. Charges of Disorderly Conduct are being referred against the student to Washington County Juvenile Intake. This investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time. All suspects enjoy the presumption of innocence, and the state must prove all charges in a court of law.

INFORMATIONAL RELEASE Central Middle School student taken into custody for threats 02-26-18 On Monday, February 26, 2018, at approximately 12:46pm, staff members at Hartford’s Central Middle School spoke with a student who was in the office after causing a disturbance by taking another student’s backpack. The student reported that the student with the backpack had made threats to attack the school with a firearm. The student reported that at approximately 7:45am that morning during their breakfast the suspect claimed to have a firearm in their backpack. However, they stated that, with the help of a second student, they took the backpack from the suspect. When they looked inside, they found that there was no firearm in the backpack. It was also determined this was not the first time that the suspect had engaged in these types of activities. The student reported that they had also been threatened by the suspect on February 22nd. In that incident, the suspect approached the student in a bathroom and told the student that they were going to shoot up the school and “take an M-16 and put it between my eyes and kill me.” This threat was previously not reported to staff or law enforcement. Hartford officers worked with school administrators to question the suspect and the witnesses to these statements. The suspect was evasive with officers and ultimately denied having made any of the threats. The student was taken into custody without further incident. No firearms were found in the student’s possession and none were located on school grounds. No evidence was found to suggest that weapons were ever actually on the school grounds in this incident. The subject denied actually owning or possessing any firearms. The investigation continues at this time, but no further evidence has been found that would establish any additional intent to act upon these comments. Two counts of Disorderly Conduct are being referred against the student to Washington County Juvenile Intake. This investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time. All suspects enjoy the presumption of innocence, and the state must prove all charges in a court of law.

Hartford Common Council passes new ordinance regarding sales to, purchase of, and possession of vaping devices by those under the age of 18. See ordinance 41.24 municipal code.

INFORMATIONAL RELEASE Second student threat in as many days 02-21-18 On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at approximately 2:20pm, Hartford officers investigated a second report of a student making threats to use a firearm at the Hartford Union High School. In the presence of a teacher and other students, the subject began discussing the arrest of the first student on February 20th for making threats at the high school. The subject told the onlookers that he believed what happened to the other student was a “joke.” The subject then went on to state something to the effect of, “I do what I want to do.” The subject then said they wanted to “shoot up the school.” Working in conjunction with the school’s administration, the student was questioned and taken into custody by the Police School Liaison Officer without further incident. The subject freely admitted that they had made the comments. No weapons were found in the student’s possession and none were located on school grounds. No evidence was found to suggest that weapons were ever actually on the school grounds in this incident. The subject denied actually owning or possessing any firearms. Upon contacting the student’s mother, officers were advised that she had discussed the February 20th incident with her child the previous evening. She advised us that she had stressed the inappropriateness of those actions with her child and told them never to engage in that type of activity. The investigation continues at this time, but no further evidence has been found that would establish any additional intent to act upon these comments. Charges of Disorderly Conduct against the 15-year-old student are being referred to Washington County Juvenile Intake. This investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time. Despite this student’s opinion to the contrary, the Hartford Police Department, Hartford Union High School, and our entire community take safety in our schools and threats of this nature seriously. Any person who would consider these actions in the future can rest assured that the incident will result in their arrest. All suspects enjoy the presumption of innocence, and the state must prove all charges in a court of law.

Chuck from Bee-Seen Promotions LLC here in the City has put together a fundraiser for the Hartford Police Explorers. This is an ongoing fundraiser and orders can be placed at anytime. If you wish to purchase anything to support the Hartford Police Explorers all you have to do is fill out the form that is pictured and return it to Sgt. Cori Whipple or one of the other explorer advisors (Officer Janzen, Kolbach, Albea, Kraemer). All apparel orders are custom ordered and non returnable. 20% of all sales will go to the Hartford Police Explorers to support their mission, assist them to attend the 2018 Police Explorer National Conference this coming summer, and attend other Explorer events within the year. Click the link below to print out the order form! Thank you all for your support!!

INFORMATIONAL RELEASE Student taken into custody after threatening comments 02-20-18 On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at approximately 7:25am, Hartford officers investigated a report of a student overhearing a comment in a conversation between two other students in the hallway that morning saying, “I’m going to shoot up the school.” Hartford officers worked with the administration of Hartford Union High School to identify the student and bring them to the school office for questioning. The subject ultimately admitted to having made the comment. However, they claimed that they made the comment because they “were having a bad morning,” and said that they never intended to act on the comment. While speaking to officers, the student ultimately admitted that the comment was inappropriate. No weapons were found in the student’s possession and none were located on school grounds. It is not believed that weapons were ever actually on the school grounds. In the course of this investigation, the student’s mother voluntarily surrendered three firearms belonging to the family from their residence in the Town of Hartford. The student had not made any direct reference to these weapons, but they were removed from the residence pending the outcome of this investigation. No further evidence that would establish any additional intent to act upon these comments has been discovered at this time. Charges of Disorderly Conduct against the 14-year-old student are being referred to Washington County Juvenile Intake. This investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time. The Hartford Police Department joins the administration of the Hartford Union High School in commending the students who came forward to report this matter. The safety of our schools and our community is our top priority. All suspects enjoy the presumption of innocence, and the state must prove all charges in a court of law.

Another great event in downtown Hartford.

Just a reminder to all those looking to get out this winter and have some family fun, the Big Cedar Lake Thursday Night Fishing Club is sponsoring the 2018 Ice Fishing Jamboree on Big Cedar Lake on February 24th, beginning at 6:00am. Detail below! Hope to see everyone there!!

The Hartford Police Department Honor Guard had the opportunity to present the National Colors before the Milwaukee Bucks game on Monday night.

Get out and fish this winter! Attend this family friendly event on Big Cedar Lake on February 24th, 2018. See the flier for details!! Hope to see everyone there!!

Hey everyone, check out this family fun event on Big Cedar Lake sponsored by the Big Cedar Lake Thursday Night Fishing Club. The club works to raise money for stocking walleys in the lake. They also host other events such as the Special Olympics fishing events, where they take the Special Olympics athletes out fishing. Come join them for a fun day that can help to break up the winter blues!!

From the Chief’s Desk: As we put 2017 into the record books, I wanted to thank our citizen partners for all of your support over the last year. We have accomplished some great things here over the years, and we look forward to the opportunities and even to the challenges we will face together in 2018. I know that we will continue to face them all TOGETHER! Thank you all for being what makes Hartford a very special place and for being what makes us all here at HPD very - COMMUNITY PROUD! We wish you all a Happy and Safe 2018! Chief Groves

Follow Up on Window Smashes 12-28-17 Unfortunately, the damage to the windows of parked cars with a BB/pellet gun continues. We want to share two things at this time: 1.) If you have any information regarding the person or persons responsible for these incidents please contact the Washington County Law Enforcement Tip Line at 1-800-232-0594, or contact us directly at (262)673-2600. 2.) We will be recommending a cash reward to citizens who provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction for these incidents. At the same time, all informants remain anonymous even when being paid.

The Hartford Police Department continues to take complaints of vandalism to vehicle and house windows. If you have any information that could assist in our investigation you can call the police department directly at 262-673-2600 or you can call the "Washington County Law Enforcement Tip Line" at: 1-800-232-0594. It offers cash rewards to citizens who provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of criminals in Washington County. At the same time, all informants remain anonymous even when being paid. Any assistance is greatly appreciated!

THANK YOU SCOOP DEVILLE!! Big thank you to the crew from Scoop Deville for dropping off the ice cream treats!

THANK YOU KETTLE MORAINE LIONS!! The Hartford Police Department would like to recognize the Kettle Moraine Lions Club for the generous donation of $500 for our community outreach program and $250 to our Explorer program. The Lions also donated a new child car seat to replace the aging one we were using. These donations are very much appreciated!! The Hartford Police Department's success as a law enforcement agency is enhanced by the support of our invaluable community partnerships like this one!

For the last 2-3 nights the Hartford Police Department has received approximately 19 reports of vehicles with windows broken. At this time, they do not appear to be associated with any thefts from the vehicles. Investigators are currently looking into these incidents and are asking for community assistance. Please report any information related to these criminal damage to property complaints to the Hartford Police Department. If you have video surveillance that may have captured these incidents, please contact us immediately so we can work with you to obtain and review the footage for the identification of possible suspects. Phone number is 262-673-2600.

INFORMATIONAL RELEASE Fallen Officer’s Stolen Hat: Recovered, Restored, and Returned Home in time for Christmas! 12-20-17 We are pleased to announce that Marshall Leonard Scherger’s stolen uniform hat has been returned to display at his namesake Scherger Hall in the lobby of the Hartford Police Department. The department hosted a small unveiling ceremony on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at 9:00am. Several of Marshal Scherger’s surviving local relatives were in attendance, along with the Hartford city employees that assisted in the recovery of the hat, members of the Hartford Police Department that handled the investigation, and the area business experts that literally came to the rescue to save and restore the damaged hat after its recovery. We can say that they did a remarkable job! Due to the logistical realities of the available space, it was impractical to invite the general public to view the hat at the unveiling ceremony. However, we would like to invite everyone to stop by the department lobby when they have a chance to see the amazing job that was done to restore this piece of Hartford history! All of us here at HPD are very happy that this piece of our department’s and our community’s history was back where it belongs in time for Christmas!

INFORMATIONAL RELEASE Road Rage Incident: One in Custody, Firearm Seized, No Injuries 12-19-17 On Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at approximately 11:33am, the Hartford Emergency Communications Center received a call regarding a possible road rage incident with a witness following the suspect’s fleeing vehicle. The caller reported that the suspect was driving erratically and reaching speeds between 45 and 60 MPH. Hartford officers located the suspect vehicle on HWY 60, just west of Independence Ave., and the suspect, a 31-year-old Hartford man, was taken into custody without further incident. An empty holster, a handgun, and items of drug paraphernalia were recovered from the vehicle. Investigation revealed that the suspect had been driving westbound on E. Sumner St./HWY 60, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, and waving his arms frantically at other motorists. As they approached the intersection of HWY 60 and Mill St., the suspect displayed a handgun out the driver side window of his vehicle before colliding with a second vehicle. According to witnesses, the suspect’s vehicle then hopped the curb and turned northbound onto Mill St. The suspect vehicle then briefly drove on the sidewalk on the west side of Mill St., and reportedly came within 10 to 15 feet of striking a pedestrian that was loading their parked vehicle on the east side of the Schnorenberg’s Floor Covering store. Charges of Endangering Safety by Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Disorderly Conduct While Armed, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and numerous traffic violations are being referred to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution. It should be noted that all suspects enjoy the presumption of innocence. The state must prove all charges in a court of law.

PRESS RELEASE Hartford Police Department Shop with a Cop December 6, 2017 This year showed an outpouring of businesses supporting Shop with a Cop as first-time donors, resulting in a tremendous increase in the number of businesses contributing! Along with the many other community businesses, organizations, and private citizens from the Hartford area, the Shop with a Cop program held December 2, 2017, at Walmart collected over $5800 for 15 needy children and their families, totaling 78 family members. After shopping, the children enjoyed food donated by Subway. They also played games and interacted with the officers while their gifts were wrapped by volunteers from Wellspring Community Church of Hartford. Members of the Hartford Police Department, Hartford Explorers, and officers from the Town of Hartford Police Department donated their time to spend with the kids and help them shop. Our partners at Westbury Bank collected $270 in donations from their customers to go toward the purchase of presents this year -- Thank You! The attached photo is the presentation of appreciation plaques to this year’s primary community sponsors. Pictured are: Michelle Giese, Subway Restaurant; Tom Haley, Hartford Area Foundation; Chief Duane Cline, Wellspring Community Church of Hartford; David Groves, Hartford Police Department; Eileen Schultz, PolyFirst/ProAmpac; Frank Carroll, Broan; and Blake Hamel, Walmart.