Good Evening Everyone,
The Board and I understand the disappointment and concerns that were raised at last
night’s meeting. We hope this letter will help clear up the confusion and address repeated
comments and concerns that were made.
Questions were raised about how contracted policing will work for the Village of Brooklyn.
We intend to contract with the Dane County Sheriff’s Department initially for one full time
deputy who will serve a shift each day here in the Village. This deputy will only patrol the
Village of Brooklyn with the exception of mutual aid requests (Brooklyn PD also currently
responds to mutual aid requests). This Deputy will be present in the Village and drive in
the Brooklyn squad car just like the existing police department. Of course, in any
emergency situation you should always call 911, no matter where you are. If our Sheriff’s
deputy is not on shift, then your call will be routed to the correct county agency to respond.
This is exactly the same situation that currently occurs when the Brooklyn Police are not
In terms of selection of the full-time deputy, Dane County will provide a pool of applicants
for the Village to interview. From that pool of applicants, we will select the best person to
serve our community.
One of the reasons for this important change is the liability risk for our small Village due to
the changes to the climate surrounding policing incidents. Lawsuits can have a huge
financial impact on small municipalities like ours. Contracting with Dane County relieves
the burden of potential liability from the Village because the County is the service provider
and is legally responsible for those services and insures against them.
By contracting with Dane County our community will enjoy the benefit of the extensive
resources available to Dane County Sheriff’s Department. Our patrol deputy will have at
their disposal detectives and specialists who collaborate with other officers and other law
enforcement agencies to solve crimes such as computer and cybercrimes, drugs, gangs and
missing persons, etc.
Dane County deputies are backed up by their administrative group which includes
attorneys and senior police management. Their administrative group creates detailed
policies and procedures and continually evaluates and re-evaluates them against the
constantly changing laws and situations in our country. The value of this to the village is
immeasurable. Recreating the resources that support and surround a Dane County Sheriff’s
Deputy is beyond the village’s financial resources.
Because of these included benefits our patrol deputy is able to spend their time in the field
interacting with and protecting our community. The administrative burden on the Sheriff
patrol deputies is minimized.
These factors weighed heavily in the Board’s decision to contract the Village’s policing with
the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. We are confident that our decision is the best one for our
community going forward as the administrative burdens and potential liability concerns
play an ever larger role in policing.
Village of Brooklyn Board