Kenosha County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Kenosha County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 1000 55th Street, Kenosha, 53140 WI
  • Chief:
Phone: 262-605-5100
Fax: 262-605-5130

Kenosha County Sheriff's Office is located at 1000 55th Street, Kenosha, 53140 WI. The Kenosha County Sheriff's Office phone number is 262-605-5100.

Kenosha County Sheriff's Office News

November 5-9 is Winter Awareness Week. Plan and prepare now.😉

Possibly an inch or so of snow this Thursday night into Friday. While we are in Wisconsin and this is normal - plan ahead just in case for slippery conditions.

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department has teamed up with the Marine Corps Reserve 'Toys for Tots' by the placement of a box in the Kenosha Public Safety Building lobby. Join us in helping children in need this Christmas by dropping off a toy.

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department is asking for assistance identifying these subjects from a theft that occurred at Walmart. KSD Case #2018-352312 Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Detective Bureau at 262-605-5102 or Kenosha Area Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333 or (800)807-TIPS(8477). Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $1000.

Sheriff David Beth and the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department are extremely proud of the results from operation 'take back'. This operation was a joint effort in the community for person/s to drop off unneeded medication/s that could prove hazardous. Safe drop off containers throughout the county were utilized to yield 170 boxes of medication which was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for proper disposal. Total weight was 2,574 pounds.

MEDIA RELEASE DATE: 10/30/18 EVENT: Water Call Investigation LOCATION: Camp Lake Waters RELEASED BY: Sgt. Mark Malecki On 10-29-18 at 6:17 pm, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s department as well as numerous County Fire and Rescue teams responded to Camp Lake in the County of Kenosha for a water call involving a possible small plane crash. Investigation revealed that 78 year old Donald Fechtner from Antioch, Illinois was piloting his ultralight/sea plane and attempted a ‘touch and go’ maneuver (touch the water with plane, proceed on water, and take off again). Donald stated the hull of the plane broke apart causing the aircraft incapable of taking off again. This resulted in the plane coming to rest in the lake. Mr. Fechter was not injured and walked to shore. A person who lived on the lake drove him home after Donald decided he would remove the plane in the morning. Department of Natural Resources were contacted as well as the Federal Aviation Administration and are both still investigating. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department are not recommending any criminal charges on Mr. Fechtner who when contacted, confirmed no injury.

MEDIA RELEASE DATE: 10/25/18 EVENT: Threats Investigation LOCATION: Wilmot High School RELEASED BY: Sgt. Mark Malecki At approximately 2:10 pm on 10-23-18 the School Resource Officer and School Administration at Wilmot High school became aware of a handwritten threat made in a women’s bathroom on the campus located at 11112 308th Avenue. The investigation revealed that the threat “school shooting tomorrow” had been written on a stall in the bathroom the same day. It was determined that school would be open on 10-24-18 with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department staffing additional personnel at the school for the entire school day. Sheriff David Beth, the department, and Wilmot High School Administration take all threats or potential threats very seriously to ensure the safety of all students and staff. An extensive investigation into this threat resulted in a 14-year-old female student who confessed to the threat (unknown motive). One count of Terrorist Threats is being pursued on the juvenile.

MEDIA RELEASE DATE: 10/19/18 EVENT: Threats Investigation LOCATION: Central High School RELEASED BY: Sgt. Mark Malecki #######UPDATE####### Central High School Administration has now made the determination to cancel classes due to a large number of excused absences. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department requests that anyone who receives any kind of post or message related to this incident to take a ‘screenshot’ and forward it to the Sheriff’s Department website at #######UPDATE####### The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating a threat complaint at Central High School located at 24617 75th Street in Paddock Lake, WI. On October 18, 2018 at approximately 10:00 PM, an anonymous person using the social media outlet Snapchat posted a statement indicating “CHS School Shooting 10-19-18 Be Ready.” At the present time, the school is open for class and all activities. The Sheriff’s Department has posted extra personnel at the school. At this point there is no credible evidence to confirm the threat, or that Central High School in Kenosha County is even the school involved. When using Snapchat, a user is able to create a ‘post’ which disappears soon thereafter; making it hard to determine who the original sender is. This investigation is active and ongoing. Sheriff David Beth, the department, and the Central High School Administration and staff take all threats or potential threats extremely seriously to ensure the safety of all students and staff. #############

The Kenosha Sheriff's Department congratulates new Human Resources Director Clara-lin Tappa. We look forward to working with you. The entire department wishes to extend our deepest gratitude to retiring Director Robert Riedl. Thank you for your decades of service to Kenosha County!

MEDIA RELEASE DATE: 10/09/18 EVENT: Terrorist Threats LOCATION: Shoreland Lutheran High School RELEASED BY: Sgt. Mark Malecki On 10-04-18 at approximately 8:36am, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department responded to a non-active threats complaint at Shoreland Lutheran High School located at 9026-12th Street. With full cooperation from school staff, investigation revealed that a juvenile student had made threats to ‘shoot up the school’ to other students. Staff at the school acted quickly in contacting law enforcement. The student has been expelled over this incident. The Sheriff’s Department made contact with the juvenile at his home where he admitted to the threats. The Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office has recommended two counts of Terrorist Threats (felony) on the juvenile who is presently in juvenile custody awaiting formal charges. The Sheriff’s Department as well as Shoreland Lutheran High School took these comments very seriously and acted upon them appropriately. Every step was and continues to be taken to ensure the safety of students and staff.

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Both Suspects are in Custody. At 11:52 am the Kenosha County Sheriffs Department apprehended a second subject matching the description of the suspect/s for this incident.

The Kenosha Sheriffs Department has an important message. At 11:45 pm two black males fled on foot after a vehicle pursuit which ended on highway C and M B. Please stay in doors. Dial 9 1 1 to report any suspicious activity. This concludes the Kenosha Sheriffs Department message.

Kenosha Joint Services is accepting online applications for the position of part-time vehicle cleaning operator. A job bulletin has been attached for those wishing to view the position details. Candidates are asked to visit the Joint Services website at where they will select the Job Postings link. All applicants must apply online. The posting closes on October 9, 2018 at 11:59 pm.

Sheriff David Beth would like to remind everyone in the community this important way to safeguard you and your families against potential credit fraud.

MEDIA RELEASE DATE: 09/20/18 EVENT: Sexual Assault Suspect in Custody LOCATION: Value Inn Motel 7221 122nd Avenue RELEASED BY: Sgt. Malecki The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department’s active search for a sexual assault suspect has ended. Suspect, Stephen Smith, (61 years old) had allegedly cut off his GPS ankle monitor to avoid authorities in August of 2018 after he was named as a suspect in a July 2018 sexual assault. The victim in this incident was 16 years old from Illinois. This incident took place at the Bluebird Motel located at 779 Sheridan Road in Somers, WI. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Stephen Smith. On September 19, 2018, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department received an anonymous tip that suspect Stephen Smith was staying at The Value Inn Motel, located at 7221 122nd Avenue in Kenosha. Authorities from the department responded to the above location and took Mr. Smith into custody without incident.

Kenosha Joint Services is accepting online applications for the position of Records Clerk, as well as the position of 911 Telecommunicator. For your information, candidates are asked to visit our web site at where they will select the Job Postings link. The Career Pages tab will open separately and candidates can view the brief job description and then select the job title for details. All applicants must apply online. The Kenosha County Job Center, located at 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha, WI or any of the Kenosha Public Library locations are available resources for applicants without access to a computer. Please share this job opportunity. The posting closes on September 30, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

Today we celebrate the retirement of Deputy Charles "Chuck" Harwell. After 20 plus years in the United States Marine Corps, and over 10 years with the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Harwell has retired. We wish him well in the future which includes heading back to his roots in Florida. Good luck Chuck, you will be missed.