SPD Offers Virtual-Ride-Along via Twitter

To prevent needless deaths and injuries from drunken driving crashes, our department will team up with other law enforcement agencies in Sheboygan and Manitowoc Counties for a High-Visibility Education and Enforcement (HVEE) Task Force.

Our First HVEE Task Force deployment is scheduled for Sunday, November 22nd, 2015. During this time, the Sheboygan Police Department is offering a virtual ride-along via Twitter. The “tweet-along,” will begin at 6:00 pm and conclude at 10 pm. The officers will tweet about his/her traffic stops and educate the community about driving while impaired.

Subsequent deployments will be held on Wednesday, November 25th and Sunday, December 13th, 2015.

SPD Participates in Drunk Driving Initiative

DriveSoberGetPulledOverTo combat drunken driving, nine law enforcement agencies in Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties will team up for a new High-Visibility Education and Enforcement (HVEE) Task Force with the first deployment scheduled for Sunday, November 22nd, 2015. Subsequent deployments will be held on Wednesday, November 25th, and Sunday, December 13th, 2015.

The participating law enforcement agencies are:

Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department
Manitowoc Police Department
Two Rivers Police Department
Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department
Sheboygan Police Department
Elkhart Lake Police Department
Kohler Police Department
Plymouth Police Department
Wisconsin State Patrol

The agencies will be putting more officers on patrol for longer hours to stop, test and arrest drunken drivers. However, the HVEE Task force’s goal is to keep people from getting behind the wheel while impaired—not to make more arrests. Therefore, the task force also will focus on education and outreach in their local communities to convince people that drunken driving is prevalent, deadly and entirely preventable.

The HVEE Task Force’s education and outreach efforts will include distributing posters and coasters with drive sober messages to local bars and restaurants. The task force also will promote alternative transportation options, emphasize the importance of designating a sober driver, and encourage use of the free Drive Sober Mobile App available at: zeroinwisconsin.gov. The task force will reach out to businesses and organizations to help spread the lifesaving message of the serious consequences of impaired driving. Law enforcement agencies will use their local news media and social media to publicize their deployments in advance as a deterrent to drunken driving.

Federal funding for task force officers’ overtime enforcement will be provided by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Safety.

The HVEE initiative to improve traffic safety is part of a pilot program under the Drive to Save Lives Campaign created by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Governors’ Highway Safety Association. In addition to the HVEE task force in the two Wisconsin counties, pilot projects will be implemented in Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina.

The Drive to Save Lives Campaign is a targeted approach to traffic safety that focuses on implementing data-driven approaches to traffic safety and traffic incident management; enforcing speed limits, seat belt use, impairment violations, distracted driving, and other highly visible driver behaviors; actively responding to unsafe driving behaviors by operators of motorcycles and large trucks and buses; and, educating motorists about the importance of practicing safe driving.

SPD Welcomes New Officer

We are pleased to announce the newest member of the Sheboygan Police Department, Officer Anna Taylor. Officer Taylor is a Sheboygan County native, graduating from Oostburg High School and Lakeshore Technical College. Officer Taylor was a member of the City of Raleigh Police Department in North Carolina for six years before coming to Sheboygan. She will spend several weeks with field training officers before beginning full time patrol duties. OfficerTaylorSwearingIn2a

Reported Vandalism & Injuries by BB/Pellet Guns

Over the last several months the Sheboygan Police Department has investigated a number of damage to property complaints involving BB guns. Several arrests have been made in these cases, which involved residential windows and vehicles being damaged by intentional discharge of a BB gun. Police have also assisted school authorities when a juvenile brought a BB gun to school and investigated cases in which individuals were injured and later treated after being struck by a BB gun pellet.

The Police Department is asking for help from the public to address this problem.

• Parents, if your children own BB guns, please closely scrutinize how and where they are being used. Keep in mind it is illegal to discharge air powered guns anywhere within the city (Municipal Code §70-256). It is strongly recommended that parents maintain possession and control of the BB guns.

• If you see CO2 cartridges or loose BBs in your child’s possession, they may also have a BB gun you’re not aware of. In addition to the damage to property complaints, we’ve also investigated numerous thefts of BB guns from local retailers.

• If anyone sees suspicious activity, they should call the police. It’s not uncommon for the key break in an investigation to come in the form of a tip from an alert citizen. Some things to look out for include:

o Unfamiliar vehicles parked in the neighborhood
o Unfamiliar people loitering around the neighborhood
o People walking through areas that are not typically pedestrian thoroughfares, especially at night

In addition to damaging property and causing personal injury, BB guns can cause other unintended consequences. Every year facsimile firearms look more and more like the real thing. There are any number of potential encounters where a person may be carrying a BB gun and it is mistaken for an actual firearm. This can result in heartbreaking tragedy which is easily preventable.

Please take the time to consider the pros and cons of owning BB guns. Our goal at the Police Department is to ensure a safe community where people are free from being victimized. With the public’s help we can change the recent trend of problems caused by BB guns. Thank you.

New Admin Hours for SPD

Effective Monday, November 16th, 2015, the Sheboygan Police Department will be changing the hours that administrative inquiries and business functions will be available at the front desk of the Police Department. Beginning November 16th, the Police Desk will be open for administrative inquiries from:

Monday thru Friday – 7::30 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sunday- Closed

The police desk is generally the point of contact with the public for routine, non-emergency requests. Business requests for records, accident reports, parking tickets, animal licenses and any non-emergency information requests will be handled during these business hours.

Walk in traffic at the Police Facility at 1315 N 23rd St. will have a vestibule phone that will connect them with the communications center.

The Police Department phone number, (920) 459-3333, has an answering system that will direct requests to the appropriate desk during non-business hours. Calls reporting crime and requesting a police officer will still be directed to and answered in the communication center. Administrative requests will be directed, through the voice and key prompts menu, to the appropriate division of the department.

For specific extensions and email addresses, the phone directory of the Sheboygan Police Department is posted on our website at http://sheboyganpolice.com/contact-info/.

The Forms page of the website also has a variety of forms for citizens to communicate information to the Sheboygan Police Department, including filing non-emergency crime reports. These forms can be located at http://sheboyganpolice.com/regulations/.

SPD Begins Testing Body Cameras

Over the next several weeks, the Sheboygan Police Department will be performing a body camera pilot project in order to evaluate body camera hardware, software, feasibility, and cost related to the implementation of body cameras. Body cameras will be issued to selected groups of officers who will be asked to use the body cameras to record their interactions with the public for the purpose of comparing and contrasting the cameras and storage systems offered by several product vendors.
Portable Recording Devices, commonly referred to as Body Cameras, are a small, digital recorders worn either on the Police Uniform or attached to a headpiece, that allow an officer to capture an audio and video record of their interaction with the public. The police department has used in-squad video recorders to record traffic stops and other exchanges with citizens since 2008. Body cameras are designed to be used similarly to in-squad video cameras, but allow much more versatility. They are not dependent upon the position of a squad car in order to capture quality video, and can be used to capture interactions virtually anywhere the police officer is. This allows for the officer to record many different types of interactions with citizens that take place away for the police car.
Currently, the Police Dept. is in a testing phase in order to identify which hardware and software best helps the department meet the goal of obtaining an effective system. Select officers will be issued the body cameras to use in their daily assignments in order to assess the quality and the ease of use for each product. Though this is product testing, the video captured will be saved and available as a record of that encounter and as evidence if necessary.
The Police Department has discussed the place of body cameras in operations for several years; however, the technology is rapidly changing and can be cost prohibitive. Local retired businessman Lyle Watson, however, came forward this fall with a generous donation in order to open a funding source to spur this project. That donation has been the catalyst for entering into the product testing phase. As of yet, no specific funding has been appropriated for the acquisition of a system for deployment.
The movement toward portable recording devices in police operations has been made to ensure there is transparency in police operations. The Sheboygan Police Department welcomes the opportunity to enhance the current level of transparency and trust we share with our community, and believe that the deployment of these devices will only enhance the effectiveness of police operations. Any questions related to the use of these devices or the status of this project at the Sheboygan Police Dept. can be directed to Capt. Steve Cobb, (920)459-4268.


Child Struck by Bus

10/14/2015 at 2:14 pm Sheboygan Police Officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of S. 8th St for a crash involving a city bus and an 8 year old child. The child ran across the street mid-block, from between parked cars, to meet with friends on the other side. The bus driver, who has 25 years’ experience, was able to take evasive action and avoid a direct collision. The child suffered minor injuries due to a glancing blow with the bus and was treated at a local hospital.

Sheboygan County Drug Take Back

On October 17th, 2015 between 10 am and 1 PM, five locations have been established throughout Sheboygan County to participate in the statewide Drug Take Back campaign.

In conjunction with Attorney General Brad Schimel’s “Dose of Reality” campaign,  Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 has organized sites to collect prescription medications.  The last Drug Take Back efforts conducted in May, 2015 at 3 locations countywide resulted in the collection of 391 pounds.

The sites are:
Generations – 1500 Douglas Drive, Plymouth
St. Nicholas Hospital- 3100 Superior Avenue,  Sheboygan
Random Lake Fire Department- 718 Spring Street,  Random Lake
Oostburg Municipal Building- 1140 Minnesota Avenue, Oostburg
Howards Grove Village Hall-913 S. Wisconsin Drive,  Howards Grove

The addition of Oostburg and Howards Grove as collection sites is welcome and allows for the increase in a means of safe, legal disposal of unused medications, including prescription controlled substances.  Participants are asked to cross out any identifying information on bottles along with liquids needing to be in bottles and then placed in plastic bags prior to dropping off at a site.

Area law enforcement agencies still have permanent drug drop sites that can be used year round. 

Death Investigation

On 10/11/2015 at 11:15 am Sheboygan Police Officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Erie Ave for a death investigation. Two subjects, a 50 year old male and a 59 year old female, were found deceased inside a residence. Friends of the victims located them and contacted the police. Their deaths are under investigation, but no foul play is suspected and there is no threat to the public.

Sheboygan LE Explorers Open House

SPD will be hosting the Sheboygan Law Enforcement Explorer Post open house on Monday, October 12th, at 6:30 PM. The explorer program is a career orientation and experience program offered to those between the ages of 14 and 21. Through participation in the program, explorers will learn about law enforcement and criminal justice procedures and protocols through practical experience, teamwork and leadership skills, and a respect for diversity, human dignity and civil rights. We hope to see you there!

For more information on the Explorer Program, visit http://sheboyganpolice.com/community/explorers/.