Village of Woodville, WI
St. Croix County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Woodville 8-13-1996 (Ch. 1 of Title 5 of the 1996 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 126-1

§ 126-2
Records and reports. 

§ 126-3
General powers of police officers. 

§ 126-4
Responsibilities of Chief of Police. 

§ 126-5
Rules of conduct, directives and policies. 

§ 126-6
Employment records and performance evaluations. 

§ 126-7
Police Chief's responsibility for training. 

§ 126-8
Suspension or removal of law enforcement officers. 

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

The Village of Woodville Police Department shall consist of a Chief of Police and such other officers, assistants and patrolmen as from time to time may be appointed by the Village Board pursuant to the provisions of the Wisconsin Statutes, following a recommendation from the Public Protection Committee.


Monthly reports. The Chief of Police shall give a monthly general report to the Village Board of all activities of the Department during the preceding month.


Police records. There shall be kept by the Department a suitable record in which shall be entered the name of every person arrested in the Village, the name of the person making the arrest, the date and cause of the arrest, the court from which the warrant was issued, the disposition made of the case, the amount of fine and costs paid and to whom paid, bond posted, and all complaints in full.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

Every member of the Police Department shall:


Familiarize himself with the ordinances of the Village and the statutes and attend to the enforcement of such ordinances by all lawful means.


Help prevent crimes, misdemeanors and violations of Village ordinances and protect the health, safety, public peace and order of the Village and its inhabitants.


Report all street and sidewalk obstructions, unlighted streetlamps, unlawful street signs or signals, and defective or dangerous streets and sidewalks to the appropriate person or organization responsible for their repair or service.


See that the necessary permits and licenses issued by the state or Village are in the possession of or properly displayed by any person engaged in an activity or business within the Village for which such permit or license is required and that the terms of such permits or licenses are complied with.


Perform such other lawful duties as ordered by the Chief of Police or his authorized representative.


Duties. In addition to the duties imposed upon him elsewhere in this Code, the Chief of Police shall:


Have command of the Police Department on administrative matters, subject to the direction of the Village Board.


Cause to be maintained accurate records of complaints, crimes, traffic accidents, ordinance violations, arrests, summonses, incidents, and calls for police service and shall provide a system of periodic summary and analysis to ensure the most efficient and effective deployment and use of the Department's resources. He shall submit or cause to be submitted to the various agencies such reports and summaries as are required by state statutes or ordinances and shall participate in voluntary programs designed to improve law enforcement and public safety.


Submit such reports and comply with such administrative procedures as may be prescribed by the Village Board relative to fiscal and administrative matters.


Submit such reports and/or information and comply with such policies as may be prescribed by Village Board.


Have control of the assignment, hours of duty, and transfer of all members of the Department.


Plan, organize, staff, direct, and control all of the human and material resources of the Department for the most effective and efficient discharge of its duty to protect persons and property, preserve the peace, protect the rights of citizens and enforce the Wisconsin Statutes and the ordinances of the Village as are within its jurisdiction. He shall supervise the preparation and presentation of annual reports and budgets for the Police Department. He shall be required to certify to the correctness of all bills incurred by the Department.


Strive to maintain suitable, productive relationships with other Village departments and with other governmental agencies and private organizations concerned with law enforcement, crime prevention, administration of justice and public safety. He shall cooperate and exchange information with other Village departments in matters relating to their various functions.


Plan and execute programs designed to prevent and repress crime, apprehend and prosecute offenders, recover property, and regulate noncriminal conduct, giving highest priority in the allocation of resources to crimes and other offenses most hazardous to life and property.


Custody of Department equipment. The Chief of Police shall be the custodian of all Village property, equipment and supplies under the control of, or used by, the Police Department and shall be responsible for the care, maintenance, safeguarding and accurate records of such property, equipment, and supplies.


Custody of Department property. The Chief of Police shall be the custodian of all property and shall be responsible for the safekeeping, lawful disposition and accurate record of the same. He shall see that all property is returned to its lawful owner or otherwise disposed of according to the applicable statutes.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

Following approval by the Village Board, the Chief of Police shall establish and promulgate rules of conduct, directives and policies and procedures and prescribe such duties for individual members as he may deem necessary for the effective and efficient command and operation of the Department, provided that no such rules of conduct, directives, policies, procedures or duties shall be in conflict with the statutes, ordinances and approved Village personnel rules and regulations.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

The Chief of Police shall cause to be maintained adequate records of employment, assignment, promotions, attendance, performance and training for all members of the Department. He shall also comply with all provisions of the Law Enforcement Standards Board in regard to background investigations. He shall keep himself adequately informed of the activities of the Department and be assured that the duties of his subordinates are properly discharged. He shall formulate procedures for recognizing outstanding performance by Department members, for investigating complaints of misconduct by any Department member and for taking appropriate disciplinary action subject to the provisions of the applicable statutes, rules of the Department and the jurisdiction of the Village Board.

The Chief of Police is responsible for the training of all members of the Department. He shall cause adequate and progressive programs of training to be organized and conducted to prepare Department members in the knowledge, procedures, and techniques of their duties and responsibilities. He will ensure that, within budgetary limitations, members of the Department attend training courses, seminars, and conferences necessary to maintain and improve their job skills and professional knowledge. He shall encourage Department members to further their education in law enforcement through study, special courses, college attendance, extension programs, and independent readings.

Editor's Note: Original Sec. 5-1-8, Civilians to assist, which immediately followed this section, was deleted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

[Amended 8-14-2007
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

Pursuant to § 62.13(6m), Wis. Stats., the Village may not suspend, reduce, suspend and reduce or remove any police chief or other law enforcement officer who is not probationary unless the Village follows the procedure under § 62.13(5), Wis. Stats. To act under this subsection in place of a board of police and fire commissioners under § 62.13(1) through (6), Wis. Stats., the Village may do either of the following:


Establish a committee of not fewer than five members, none of whom may be an elected or appointed official of the Village or be employed by the Village. There will be three three-year terms and two two-year terms. The Public Protection Committee will be responsible for appointing these members. The Village shall pay each member for the member's cost of serving on the committee.


Appoint a person who is not an elected or appointed official of the Village and who is not employed by the Village. The Village Board may provide for some payment to that person for serving under this subsection at a rate established by the Village Board.