Brooklyn Police Department
The Brooklyn Police Department is comprised of a full-time Police Chief, one full-time Patrol Officer, part-time Patrol Officers and one part-time Clerical Staff member. The Police Department is located in the Community Building on the second floor.
Citizens of the Village of Brooklyn are encouraged to contact us so that we may respond to take a report and/or provide assistance. In those instances that are not time sensitive or an emergency feel free to call and leave a voice message or send an e-mail and we will contact you. If the situation is urgent or an emergency, you are encouraged to call 911 so that law enforcement from either Dane County Sheriff’s Department or Green County Sheriff’s Department may respond in a timely manner.
June 22 to July 5, 2020
Seat belts save lives and prevent serious injuries
- Consistent seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect motor vehicle occupants from being injured or killed in a crash. Air bags are an important safety enhancement, but only seat belts can prevent motorists from being ejected or thrown around violently inside a vehicle during a crash.
More people are buckling up but there’s room for improvement
- The good news is Wisconsin’s seat belt use rate is at its highest ever: 90.2 percent. Still, too many motorists fail to buckle up and are needlessly injured and killed in crashes. In 2019, 44 percent of car and light truck occupants killed in Wisconsin traffic crashes were unbuckled.
- Looked at another way: currently in Wisconsin, about 10 percent of motorists fail to buckle up. Yet, this relatively small group accounts for nearly half of the drivers and passengers killed in car/truck crashes in Wisconsin every year.
Teens, truck drivers among those least likely to buckle up
- Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and young adults nationwide.
- Teen-related crashes, injuries and deaths can be attributed in part to dangerous driving behaviors such as failure to buckle up and driving while distracted.
- Observational surveys indicate the people least likely to wear a seat belt in Wisconsin are male drivers of commercial motor vehicles and pick-up trucks.
Wisconsin seat belt laws
- Last year (2019) marked the 10-year anniversary of Wisconsin’s “primary enforcement” seat belt law (allows law enforcement to stop/cite a motorist solely for not buckling up). Drivers can also be cited for every unbuckled passenger in their vehicle.
- Since the primary enforcement law took effect on June 30, 2009, Wisconsin’s seat belt use rate has increased from 74 percent (in 2009) to over 90 percent (today). Last year (2019) in Wisconsin, there were 41,654 traffic convictions for failure to wear a seat belt.
- Just blew a .08 or above? Then you just blew $10k. That’s the average cost of an OWI considering fines, court costs, attorney fees, higher insurance rates, etc. The Brooklyn Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin looking for impaired drivers. Please - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
- Whether it’s caused by alcohol or legal or illegal drugs, impaired drivers endanger everyone. To make roadways safer for all travelers, law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin are watching for impaired drivers as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday campaign beginning December 13th through New Year’s Day.
- The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday campaign continues through New Year’s Day. While law enforcement does its part, citizens must step up as well. Drive responsibly and don’t allow someone else to get behind the wheel impaired. Always protect yourself and your passengers by buckling up and being alert.
- Every party begins with a good plan. Consider downloading the free "Drive Sober" mobile app. Along with a designated driver selector, it includes a find-a-ride feature that uses a smart phone’s GPS system to locate alternative transportation.
- Did You Know: 160 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in Wisconsin last year.
- Did You Know: to deter impaired driving, Wisconsin has 23 OWI law enforcement task forces that work throughout the year across the state.
Chief Wade Engelhart
Brooklyn Police Department
Maynard Stoehr from the Oregon-Brooklyn Optimist Club presented Jan Hartwig with the Brooklyn Police Secretary of the Year award.
Jan was nominated for the award by Chief Engelhart. She also received a framed copy of the Optimist Creed from the club.
Chief Engelhart in the dunk tank at Brooklyn Night Out.
Thank you to the Red Team, organizers of the Green County Nationals, for the generous donation of an AED to the Brooklyn PD, one of six recipients.
Brooklyn Daisy Troop 7406 - "We earned the Respect Authority petal at our last meeting. We talked about those of authority and decided our Brooklyn Police Officer deserved some much needed 'thanks for risking your life for ours,' 'thanks for keeping us safe,' 'thanks for saving lives,' 'thanks for your protection,' 'thanks for your service.' And thank you for the photo to put in their Daisy year end scrapbooks!!!"
WisDOT’s PSA on emergency response safety - More information can be found at the links listed below.
When does the law require a crash report? Click on Report Your Crash for more information.
The Village of Brooklyn, through correct procedures by the Brooklyn Police Department and its Merchants pursues enforcement actions enforcing the Village of Brooklyn’s ordinance against worthless check violators. Click here for our worthless check policy and procedure.
PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES
The Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN) is a statewide program that links law enforcement agencies with the business community and the public in a partnership to fight crime. WCAN is a highly effective program which can help prevent crime and aid in the apprehension of criminals.
WHAT IS WISCONSIN CRIME ALERT?
WCAN allows law enforcement agencies to send out crime alert bulletins rapidly, to the business community and to the general public, whenever a crime or suspect may affect citizens of their businesses. WCAN provides a rapid, cost-effective means of communication between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.
For more details on Wisconsin Crime Alert Network, click here or on the logo above.