Kewaskum Police Department

  • Agency: Kewaskum Police Department
  • Address: 204 First St, Kewaskum, 53040 WI
  • Chief: Richard Knoebel (Chief of Police)

Kewaskum Police Department is located at 204 First St, Kewaskum, 53040 WI. The Chief of Police of the department is Richard Knoebel. The Kewaskum Police Department phone number is (262) 626-2323.

Kewaskum Police Department News

Reminder -- sirens will sound for a TEST tornado warning at 1:45pm and 6:45pm TODAY.

Thursday April 12th, 2018 -- National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Thank You to all of our amazing dispatchers at the Washington County Sheriff's Office! You are absolutely vital to the success of our organization and in accomplishing our law enforcement goals and objectives. --Chief Tom Bishop

Here is my Chief's Corner article that appeared in the Kewaskum Statesman on March 29th. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Over the last five weeks we have witnessed two school shootings, one in Florida that took the lives of 17 high school students and another in Maryland that killed 1 student and seriously injured two others. One of the major reasons those two incidents had very different outcomes was the quick response of the School Resource Officer in Maryland. There are obviously other varying factors in these two incidents that can affect the conclusion, but none are larger than having an officer ready, willing and able to respond to the worst possible assignment of his career. Sadly, there have been enough “mass shootings” to provide analysts with data to study these events. A “mass shooting” is defined, according to the federal government, as “three or more killings in a single incident”. According to the FBI, out of the 160 active shooter incidents identified between 2000 and 2013, 69% of mass shooting incidents ended in 5 minutes or less, with 36% over in less than 2 minutes. This study identified 39 out of the 160 incidents occurred at educational environments which resulted in 117 individuals killed and another 120 wounded. Having an officer on scene immediately is vital in stopping the threat from continuing, but that is not always feasible. This study also stated that 13.1% of incidents ended because “unarmed citizens made the selfless and deeply personal choices to face the danger of an active shooter… [and they] safely and successfully disrupted the shootings”. The FBI further supports the importance of training and exercises – not only for law enforcement but for citizens as well. The question to be answered here is this -- Are we prepared in Kewaskum? The Kewaskum Police Department’s number one priority is the safety and security of the most precious and vulnerable members of our community - our children. We have an excellent working relationship with the Kewaskum School District with a full time officer assigned as School Resource Officer. Officer Kohn is assigned to the Kewaskum High School, Middle School and Elementary School. He is in each school on a daily basis to provide police protection, investigate possible violations of the law, support administrative efforts, be a resource for teachers, students and parents, and to create positive interactions with students. Last summer, the Kewaskum School District took the initiative to increase the safety and preparedness of their school staff and students by providing ALICE training to all employees of the district. ALICE provides more options than just traditional lockdown procedures, such as evacuation, barricading and, if need be, engaging the suspect. Officer Kohn and Lieutenant Steiner are certified instructors and assisted in leading the training to all teachers and staff of the Kewaskum School District. Teachers then trained with their students at the beginning of the school year working on the options taught by ALICE, as well as evacuation drills and rally points. The results are an entire student body, teachers and staff that are more prepared and confident to respond in the event of an active shooter event. Teachers who received this training have personally told me that they feel more prepared than they were with a traditional lockdown only procedure. Our department has also reached out to our two parochial schools in the Village to instruct their staff in ALICE and prepare them in the event a tragedy such as this occurs. Safety and security of students has also been a priority of the current school board members. I attended the last school board meeting and multiple members on the board, as well as the Superintendent, expressed their appreciation of our cooperative efforts. It is also valuable having a law enforcement professional with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office currently serving on the school board as well to provide leadership in the area of school safety and security. To revisit the question -- Are we prepared in Kewaskum? We have an officer located in our schools each and every day who is trained in solo active shooter response. We have a staff and student body with appropriate training to respond. We have a supportive school board who cares and a police department with a commitment to school safety. Yes, we are prepared. None of this can guarantee complete safety and security in our schools or prevent a horrific tragedy from occurring as there are evil people in our world who wish to perpetrate evil against others. We have taken necessary and appropriate steps to be in the best position possible to balance safety and security and yet, maintain a successful educational environment. As laws and best practices change, we will also adjust to ensure that we are always doing what we can to provide a safe environment for our children to learn and grow. Thank you and have a safe month, Thomas F Bishop Chief of Police Source: Blair, J. Pete, and Schweit, Katherine W. (2014). A Study of Active Shooter Incidents, 2000 - 2013. Texas State University and Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington D.C. 2014.

March 20th, 2018-- Coffee with the Chief My next Coffee with the Chief will be at Dairy Queen on March 29th @ 6:00pm. Please come in, join me and ask any questions you may have. You may also just stop and say hi. I usually hold Coffee with the Chief during the morning, but seeing as this one will be in the evening, and at Dairy Queen, I may enjoy a Blizzard instead of coffee. That will be a game-time decision and may be influenced by the flavor of the day. -- Chief Tom Bishop

March 19th, 2018 -- Winter Parking Restrictions Lifted The weather forecast for the rest of March primarily shows highs in the 40's each day with little chance of snow accumulation; therefore, we have decided to lift Winter Parking Restrictions early, effective immediately. Thus, vehicles may be parked on the street from 2am-6am once again. Please be mindful that we do still occasionally get snow in late March or early April. If that occurs, the Village may issue a snow emergency where parking restrictions are placed back into effect. --Chief Tom Bishop

March 9th, 2018 -- DARE Donation by New Fane Sportsmen's Club Last night at the New Fane Sportsmen's Club Wild Game Feed, our department received a $500.00 donation from the Club to support our DARE Program. The Club donates $500.00 each year to the DARE Program. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program is primarily supported by New Fane Sportsmen's Club and the Kewaskum Elementary School PTO, who purchases all of the T-Shirts we award the students. The DARE Program couldn't be taught without the cooperation of the Kewaskum School District, St. Lucas Lutheran School and Holy Trinity Catholic School who graciously rearrange schedules to work this program in for their 5th grade students. Thank you to all of those who make DARE possible in Kewaskum!! --Chief Tom Bishop