POSTED: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 --- 1:12 p.m.
MADISON – The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection reminds victims of this past Sunday night’s hail storm to use caution when hiring a contractor to fix any damage caused by Mother Nature. “Storm chasers follow the path of a major storm, going from home to home to pressure victims into paying up front for quick repairs,” said Sandy Chalmers, Administrator of the Division of Trade and Consumer Protection. “Do your homework before hiring anyone for home repair.”
Sometimes these storm chasers arrive on scene shortly after the storm, collect money up front for promised repairs, and then disappear without doing any work. In other cases, the contractor starts the work and then asks for more money than the agreed upon price to finish the project. Home repair contractors are not licensed by the State of Wisconsin, as required in other trades such as plumbing; however, state law does impose a registration requirement for contractors through the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.
“That registration does not guarantee a contractor has any actual knowledge or experience in home repair,” added Chalmers. “Storm chasers are typically from out-of-state and swoop in after a natural disaster or storm. They have little or no background in home repair, and charge high prices for shoddy work.”
Consumer Protection offers these timely tips:
In an effort to help prevent the on-going rash of thefts from vehicles, the Middleton Police Department will begin randomly checking vehicles and placing a courtesy “Vehicle Security Report Card” on vehicles. This is not a ticket and there is no need to contact the Police Department if you receive one, it will simply be marked if your vehicle PASSED or FAILED based on susceptibility to thefts. Theft from vehicles is an all too frequent property crime that is very easy to prevent.
This form simply serves as a reminder to:
About 350 students and family members attended the sixth grade G.R.E.A.T. graduation at Kromrey Middle School recently. G.R.E.A.T. is Gang Resistance Education & Training and is taught by Officer Matt Sherry. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.
Officer Sherry would like to say 'Thank you' to everyone who braved the snowy roads to make it to the G.R.E.A.T. graduation. "It's very important to your students who have worked hard in class. 'Thank you' to the teachers who let me come into their classrooms and teach G.R.E.A.T and to the students for being good participants and learners. 'Thank you' to Chief Keil for being supportive of the G.R.E.A.T. program being taught in the Middle School and for the continued support in doing whatever is needed to make G.R.E.A.T. work."
"Thank you for everyone who has donated money to our Community Awareness fund. Without your contributions, this graduation would not have been possible. Finally, 'thank you' to the Volunteers In Police Services members for helping serve food. Your help is greatly appreciated."
Barrett Erwin began his Law Enforcement career with the Middleton Police Department on Tuesday December 8, 2010. Barrett is a native of Lake Mills, Wisconsin. He comes from a family with law enforcement background. His father is a retired detective with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and his mother is a Circuit Court Judge in Jefferson County.
Barrett is a 2002 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Political Science and History. Barrett’s wife Debra is a lawyer, working for the State of Wisconsin Public Service Commission. Interestingly, her parents also have a law enforcement background. Her father is a Circuit Court Judge in Washington County and her mother is an Assistant District Attorney.
Barrett is now in Phase I of Field Training. He will be assigned to Field Training with various Field Training Officers for at least four months before going on solo patrol. He will be mentored and on probation for 18 months.
Barrett (center) is pictured being sworn in by City Clerk Lorie Burns as Chief Keil looks on.
Effective December 1st, 2010, the State of Wisconsin has enacted Assembly Bill 496, a ban on texting while driving. The fine for this violation in the City of Middleton will be $101.40 and 4 points.
This new law, covered in Wisconsin State Statutes 346.89(3), states that "no person may drive any motor vehicle while composing or sending an electronic text message or an electronic mail message." The law excludes times when the vehicle is stopped, including the exclusion when the vehicle is stopped at a traffic light, stop sign, or in traffic due to congestion. For the purpose of this law, “Drive” means the exercise of physical control over the speed and direction of a motor vehicle while it is in motion.
The pre-existing federal motor carrier prohibition on texting, applies to operation of a commercial motor vehicle, whereas - no driver may “operate” a CMV while texting. In-motion is not a required element in this case. For the purpose of definition in this case, “Operate” means the physical manipulation or activation of any of the controls of a motor vehicle necessary to put it in motion.
This subsection does not apply to any of the following:
1. The operator of an authorized emergency vehicle.
2. The use of any device whose primary function is transmitting and receiving emergency alert messages and messages related to the operation of the vehicle or an accessory that is integrated into the electrical system of a vehicle, including a global positioning system device.
3. An amateur radio operator who holds a valid amateur radio operator’s license issued by the federal communications commission when he or she is using dedicated amateur radio 2−way radio communication equipment and observing proper amateur radio operating procedures.
4. The use of a voice−operated or hands−free device, if the driver of the motor vehicle does not use his or her hands to operate the device, except to activate or deactivate a feature or function of the device.
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
How will enforcement be accomplished?
Is there a grace period?
Is the texting ban the same as Inattentive Driving?
Middleton Police Department 7341 Donna Drive Middleton, WI 53562
Brad Keil - Chief of Police
The Middleton Police Department would like its residents to know that we have now implemented a new standardized method of handling speeding complaints.
The procedure will be as follows:
a. The data will be analyzed.
We look forward to working with our citizens to resolve any concerns they have. If you have further questions you can contact Sgt. Darrin Zimmerman at 608-824-7326 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOVEMBER 10, 2010
Check Fraud Scheme
Beware of a new twist on an old scheme. Fraud artists (criminals) are sending checks along with a congratulatory letter stating that the recipient has been chosen to be a “mystery shopper.” The check and accompanying mystery shopper form all appear to be legitimate.
They request that the new mystery shopper cash the check and make purchases at Lowes, Wal-Mart and Western Union. They are told they get to keep the purchases. They are then to complete the shopper form and return it within 48 hours along with the Western Union money order.
However, the check is fraudulent and if the recipient does what they are asked, they will be out the entire amount of the fraudulent check.
As always if something sounds too good to be true…it probably is.
Officer David Kasdorf
Click here for a sample of the fraudulent "mystery shopper" paperwork and checks that are being recieved.
Middleton Officers Participate in Madison Mud Run
On Sunday, October 31, a team of four Middleton PD Police Officers participated in the 2010 Madison Mud Run in Verona. Pictured below left to right are participants Sergeant Darrin Zimmerman, Sergeant Jeremy Geiszler, Officer Kathleen Riffenburg and Officer Scott Moen. The event, which raises money for local charities, included a challenging four to five mile run with hills, water crossings, tire obstacles, wall climbs, tunnel crawls, hay bale obstacles, inflatable obstacle courses and the famous “mud pit." More information about the event can be found at http://www.MadisonMudRun.com
Final MedDrop Makes Way for Permanent Drop Box at Middleton PD
Contact: Mike Davis, City Administrator, 821-8350
On Saturday, October 2, 2010, the City of Middleton hosted its fourth and final MedDrop event at the Middleton High School. Because of the enormous success of the Middleton MedDrop events, the Middleton Police Department is installing a permanent MedDrop box in the lobby of their new building at 7341 Donna Drive. While this is the last MedDrop collection event for the city of Middleton, MedDrop events will continue at other locations around Madison.
MedDrop allows residents to dispose of unused prescription and over the counter medicines, which keeps these medicines out of the hands of youth and protects the environment from improper disposal. On October 2, the Middleton MedDrop location had over 617 cars between 9am and 1pm, and collected a total of 1,334 pounds of medicine (1,221 pounds of non-controlled substances and 113 pounds of controlled substances).
The permanent MedDrop box at the Middleton Police Department is scheduled to be open by November 1. To be notified when the permanent MedDrop box is available and to be notified of other City sustainability events, sign up on the City website: www.ci.middleton.wi.us for the Gov Delivery E-Subscription Service updates for ‘Sustainability/Environmental Education’ under the heading for News. You may also check the MedDrop website at: www.meddropdane.org.
MedDrop is sponsored by the Madison Patient Safety Collaborative and its healthcare members:
● Dean Health System ● Group Health Cooperative of SouthCentral Wisconsin ● Meriter Hospital ● St. Mary’s Hospital
The Middleton Police Department celebrated National Police Week by awarding and recognizing employees and citizen’s for outstanding work. The awards were presented to the recipients in front of the City Council on May 4, 2010. This year’s award winners:
Outstanding Service Awards
Detective Craig Faga: Detective Faga has been recognized by his work mates, law enforcement peers and prosecutors as a highly talented investigator, police sketch artist and evidence technician. Law enforcement in Dane County recognized the need to standardize response to major criminal cases. Craig was picked to be on the committee to come up with “best practices” for major case responses. This committee, made up of Dane County prosecutors, law enforcement supervisors and investigators, put together a response manual and held a 3 day training session. Craig was responsible for putting together the forensic evidence portion of the manual and was one of the main instructors for the training. The response for the Major Case training class was so great; it had to be held at two separate times, with over 150 law enforcement officers attending.
Unfortunately, Detective Faga had to put these skills to work in December, when he was part of the investigative team which investigated a quadruple homicide of two adults and two infants.
Craig has been a member of Middleton PD since 1982.
Officer Dave Kasdorf: Dave is the Community Awareness Officer, in charge of all proactive programs in the department. Dave has put together a dedicated group of 35 active volunteers, called VIPS (Volunteers in Police Services). Through Dave’s leadership, the VIPS have helped the police department and community tremendously in the last year and a half. VIPS assist the police department in a variety of ways, including special events, weather radio sales, recruit testing, Speed Watch, Safe Assured ID and more. Other proactive programs that Dave is involved in are: Stop and Seat, SCAN (police department partnering with the Senior Center), Speed Watch, Safe Assured ID, Middleton Business Watch, Pedestrian Flag Crossing, Citizen’s Academy (which is on hiatus this year due to budget constraints), National Night Out and Shop with a Cop.
Dave has been with the Department since 1991.
Middleton Good Neighbor Award
Steve Leo: Steve has served on the Middleton Common Council since 2004, representing District 8. He decided not to seek another term in the recent spring elections.
Steve was an active member of the Council, a member of the Conservancy Lands Committee, Finance Committee, Parks, Recreation and Forestry Committee, Public Safety Committee and License and Ordinance Committee. Steve was well known for his legendary tongue lashing of individuals or licensed premises that violated alcohol laws. Steve has been an unwavering proponent for a well funded, well staffed, well outfitted and well trained police force and will be missed by the members of the Middleton Police Department.
The Middleton Police Department and Municipal Court recently moved into the new facility on Donna Drive. This project, which was years in the making, could not have been done without the assistance and expertise of the Mayor, Common Council members, citizens and employees. Special recognition goes to the following:
Mayor Kurt Sonnetag, Council members Howard Teal, Paul Kinne, Gurdip Brar, Jim Wexler, Susan West, Hans Hilbert, Steve Leo, retired Council members Bill Hoeksema, Rob Conhaim and Andy Lewis, City Administrator Mike Davis and retired Financial Director Tim Studer.
Mayor Kurt Sonnetag, Chief Brad Keil, Sergeant Steve Britt, Eileen Kelly, Tony Peterson, Ed Elskamp and James Lagro.
Evidence bar-coding, purging and moving team:
Captain Kakuske, Lynn Endres and Janelle Zimmerman
Todd Forman and Drew Montour
Tom Adler and Sgt. Barry Reynolds
Sergeant Troy Hellenbrand
Officer Greg Dixon
Keeping everything straight:
5 years: Susan Buechner (3/8/2005)
10 years: Darrin Zimmerman (5/27/1999), Ken Smith (5/16/2000)
20 years: Patty Faust (11/13/89)
25 years: Linda Kessenich (4/1/85)
35 years: Don Mueller (4/7/75)
pictured above (L to R): Captain Foulke, Sgt. Britt and Chief Keil
Middleton Police Sergeant Steven Britt graduated from the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia, on March 19.
Law enforcement officers from 49 states, the District of Columbia and 21 other countries attended the National Academy’s 240 th session. The class had 253 graduates.
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller II was the main speaker at the graduation ceremony. Middleton Police Chief Brad Keil and Captain Charles Foulke attended the ceremony to congratulate Sergeant Britt on his accomplishment.
The academy offers 10 weeks of advanced investigation, management and fitness training for selected officers. On average, participants have 19 years of law enforcement experience. They usually return to their agencies to serve in supervisory or executive-level positions.
Training at the academy was provided by FBI instructional staff, special agents and other experts. The training, travel, food and lodging were provided by the FBI.
Sergeant Britt is a native of Middleton. He has worked for Middleton Police for 17 years, prior to that he was a Trooper for the Montana Highway Patrol for 6 years. Sergeant Britt is in charge of the Investigative Services Bureau which includes Detectives, School Resource Officers and Proactive Programs.
Chief Keil and the Middleton Police Department Training Team have made supervisory training a priority. Two other Middleton Police Department members, Chief Keil and Captain Foulke, have attended the FBI National Academy. Captain Kakuske, Sergeant Hellenbrand and Sergeant Hanson have attended the ten week Northwestern University School of Staff and Command and Sergeant Reynolds has attended the ten week Wisconsin Executive Development Institute.
Officer Ken Smith, a 10 year veteran of the Middleton Police Department, returned to work in March after being deployed in Iraq. Officer Smith is a Sergeant in the 32 nd Military Police Company based out of Milwaukee. Officer Smith left the Department in January of 2009, first being sent to Fort Bliss Texas for training, then to Kuwait, then to Baghdad, Iraq. Officer Smith returned to the States in January of 2010 and was welcomed back to Middleton PD in March. Officer Smith is currently working Patrol on the 3 rd detail, 11P to 7A.
On November 13, 2009, Sergeant Terry Hanson graduated from Northwestern University’s 289th class of Police Staff and Command. The ten week school was held in Sun Prairie, WI. The class consisted of 25 students from 16 departments from south central Wisconsin. The School of Police Staff and Command is an intensive ten-week program that prepares law enforcement managers for senior positions by uniquely combining academic principles with practical applications. Sergeant Hanson’s staff study research paper was on the feasibility of the department going from eight hour to twelve hour shifts.
Graduation ceremonies were held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Madison and included a luncheon and key note address by Terrance Gainer, the United States Senate Sergeant at Arms. Attending the ceremony from Middleton PD were Chief Keil and Lieutenants Kakuske and Foulke. Also in attendance was Terry’s wife Leanne.
Terry will now come back to work as the 3rd detail shift commander.
Pictured from left to right: Lt. Foulke, Lt. Kakuske, Sgt. Hanson and Chief Keil
Department welcomes new officer Julie Normann
Officer Julie Normann joined the Middleton Police Department on Monday, October 5, 2009. Officer Normann grew up in the Grafton, WI area and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement and a minor in Spanish from Concordia College. Officer Normann graduated from the Fox Valley Technical College Police Academy in April of 2009.
Officer Normann will be in Field Training for four months and on probation for eighteen months.
The addition of Officer Normann brings the police force up to the authorized strength of 36 officers, although Officer Ken Smith has been deployed to Iraq and is not expected to return to duty until the Spring of 2010.
On October 7, Officer Normann was sworn in as a police officer by City Clerk Trish Amble. She is shown in the accompanying picture receiving the Law Enforcement Oath of Honor plaque from Chief Keil. The swearing in ceremony was attended by Officer Normann’s family, friends, members of the police department, city staff and elected officials.
2009 Middleton Police Department Awards
5 years: Mike Wood (3/24/2004) and Brad Keil (5/1/2004)
MIDDLETON POLICE OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDS
Middleton Police Department Field Training Team: Sgt. Terry Hanson, Officers Rob Engelhart, Greg Dixon, Jerry Raffel, Rich O’Connor, Donna Hamilton, Jeremy Geiszler, Mike Wood and Travis Kakuske.
The Field Training Team is tasked with the important duty of training newly hired officers to be Middleton Police Officers. The officers they train range from highly trained and experienced veteran officers who have transferred to Middleton PD, to officers who just graduated from college and have no police experience. Field Training lasts an average of four months, with constant supervision after that for the duration of the time they are on probation (18 months). The Field Training process is intense, both for the new officer and the trainer. In 2008, the Middleton Field Training Team trained three officers who are well on their way to successful law enforcement careers and will be training at least four new officers in 2009.
Jerry has been a Middleton Police Officer since 1989. Jerry was the School Resource Officer for Middleton High School for 3 years, ending his assignment last June. Jerry has been a positive role model for the youth of the community, not only as an SRO, but also in his role as an Assistant Basketball coach for Middleton High School and youth football coach. Since returning to patrol, Jerry has worked proactively in the community and joined the Field Training Team.
Jill became a Middleton Police Officer in 2001 and is currently wrapping up a successful 3 year tenure as the School Resource Officer at Kromery Middle School. Jill has worked effectively with students, teachers, administrators, staff and parents of students in the elementary schools, the middle school and the high school. Jill has truly touched many lives. Jill is also to be commended for her work in organizing and participating in Shop With a Cop, Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, and volunteers for Meals on Wheels.
Dan joined the Middleton Police Department in 2002. In the summer of 2008, he was assigned to the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force, a group of Federal, State, County and Municipal law enforcement officers assigned to investigate drug trafficking and gangs in Dane County. Webber, as he was nicknamed in the drug unit, initiated an investigation which resulted in an indictment of Donita J Thomas in US Federal Court. Thomas has been charged with six counts of distributing crack cocaine and one count of possession of 5 grams or more of crack cocaine with the intent to deliver. Thomas faces a maximum sentence of 40 years.
Although the drug unit wanted Dan to stay with them, he came back to Middleton PD and has been the lead detective on a number of significant cases since his return.
Linda has been a Records Clerk with the Middleton Police Department since 1985. Linda’s quest for excellence has lead to a records management system that is the envy of other departments because if its accuracy and lack of repeat entries. Linda’s typing and grammatical skills make us all look good. Linda has worked closely with Global Records, the records management system used by Middleton, Fitchburg, Sun Prairie and Verona PD’s and is a member of the user group committee which advises the company on upgrades and improvements.
Linda is also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.
Tom Adler and Gwen Ruppert
Both Tom and Gwen are part-time Dispatchers for Middleton PD. Tom has been with the department since 1985 and is a full time Lieutenant with Madison Fire Department. Gwen has been with Middleton PD since 1991 and is a full time detective with the Dane County Sheriff’s Department. Part time dispatchers have a challenging role to fill: the shifts are often short notice, odd hours, and have to somehow mesh with the full time jobs and ‘free time’ in their lives. One of the biggest challenges for a part time dispatcher is the ever changing domain of the communication center. Technology is constantly changing, personnel is added, the city is growing, the center is getting busier and often times the shifts they work are separated by days or weeks. Yet, Tom and Gwen remain steady dedicated dispatchers, and are eager to help when needed.
Jeremy Geiszler, Travis Kakuske and Matt Sherry: Jeremy was promoted to Sergeant, effective July 1. Travis was assigned to Middleton High School as the SRO and Matt to Kromery Middle School, effective next fall.
MIDDLETON GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARD
Mark Kruck: On July 19, Mr. Kruck was in his yard when he observed a vehicle slow down and the driver throw something out of the car into his yard. Mark discovered that it was a purse and notified the police of his observations and a description of the car. A nearby police officer stopped the car. He discovered that the purse had recently been stolen from a woman at the Middleton Library. Mr. Kruck’s willingness to get involved, and his accurate description of the vehicle and direction of travel was most instrumental in getting the victim her purse and contents back and the charging of the person responsible for taking it.
Karen Strandt-Conroy: Karen is an Associate Principal in charge of Student Services at Middleton High School. Karen has always been a supporter of the police and School Resource Officers, an invaluable ally. Karen acts as the liaison between the police department and the schools, reserves rooms for the police department for training and meetings, has been on interview panels for new officers and promotions and was an inaugural member of the Middleton Police Department Citizen’s Academy in 2005.
LIFE SAVING AWARDS
SRO Jeremy Geiszler and MHS Nurse Lisa Foster: On January 5,Middleton High School Teachers Aid Patrick Fitzgerald collapsed in a classroom. Both SRO Jeremy Geiszler and MHS Nurse Lisa Foster were summoned to the room. Lisa arrived first and determined that Fitzgerald was not breathing and did not have a pulse. She began CPR and was then joined by SRO Geiszler. Jeremy assisted Lisa by performing chest compressions while Lisa continued rescue breathing. After approximately two minutes, Fitzgerald began breathing on his own and sustained a pulse. Fitzgerald made a full recovery and has returned to work.
Dr. Peter Karofsky and Tyson Hall: On April 18, Bob Pigorsch was playing tennis with his granddaughter at the Middleton High School tennis courts when he collapsed. His family determined that he was not breathing and did not have a pulse and called 911. Tyson Hall was in the Middleton High School parking lot, volunteering his time with the Kiwanis Service Club, collecting re-usable medical supplies. He was talking to his cousin on his cell phone. His cousin, a Middleton Firefighter, told him about the heart attack call. Tyson ran over to the tennis courts and began CPR. Dr. Peter Karofsky arrived at the tennis courts to play and saw that CPR was being performed. He assisted Tyson and they performed two person CPR until the Paramedics arrived. Mr. Pigorsch survived the heart attack with no long term effects. The emergency room doctors told the family that he would not have survived except for the quick actions of Tyson and Dr. Karofsky.
Census Takers in Middleton
Starting Monday, April 20, 2009, the US Census Bureau will have census takers working in our community for about the next eight weeks. The census takers will be going door-to-door collecting household data, verifying addresses and asking about additional living quarters on the premises. The census takers can be identified by official Census Bureau identification badges with their names on them and Census Bureau equipment bag and they will be utilizing handheld computers to record the data. Census takers will never ask for bank or social security information.
If there are any questions or concerns regarding the census takers, citizens should contact the police department at 827-1000. For more information, visit http://2010.census.gov/
New Officer Jesse Sellek Sworn In
On April 21, Middleton Police Department’s newest police officer was sworn in at a ceremony at the Middleton City Hall. Jesse Sellek comes to us from Henderson Nevada where he served as a Patrol Officer with the Henderson Police Department. He is a graduate of Western Illinois University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. Jesse grew up in Northern Illinois and has family there and in the Madison area. The swearing in ceremony was attended by Jesse’s family, and Middleton employees and elected officials. Jesse is shown in the accompanying picture being congratulated by Chief Keil and Mayor Sonnetag.
The addition of Officer Sellek brings Middleton PD up to its authorized strength of 36 sworn officers, although Officer Ken Smith has been deployed to Iraq with the Wisconsin National Guard for the year.
On Tuesday, April 7 the Middleton City Council approved a contract with Ideal Builders, Inc. for construction of a new police station and municipal courthouse on Donna Drive. The $7.86 million facility is slated for completion in 2010. On Thursday, April 9, city officials met for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new station, which will be near the corner of Donna Drive and Parmenter Street.
On Monday, April 6, 2009, two new officers joined the Middleton Police Department.
Kathleen Riffenburg joins the Middleton Police Department by way of the Bakersfield Police Department, where she was an officer for over six years. Prior to her employment at BPD, Kathleen was a Naval Corpsman and received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Hawaii. Kathleen has relocated to the Middleton area with her 12 year old son, Micah.
Scott Moen was born and raised in LaCrosse and is a 2005 graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Scott has worked for the Whitewater Police Department for two years prior to coming to Middleton.
Both officers are beginning their four month Field Training program and will be on probation for eighteen months.
Officers Riffenburg and Moen are shown in the accompanying photo reciting the Law Enforcement Oath of Office, administered by Chief Keil. The officers were sworn in on Tuesday, April 7 as their friends, family, co-workers and elected officials looked on.
Sgt Hellenbrand graduates from Staff and Command School
On November 14, 2008, Sergeant Troy Hellenbrand graduated from Northwestern University’s 270 th class of Police Staff and Command. The ten week school was held in Janesville, WI. The class consisted of 30 students from 26 departments from south central Wisconsin. The School of Police Staff and Command is an intensive ten-week program that prepares law enforcement managers for senior positions by uniquely combining academic principles with practical applications. Sergeant Hellenbrand’s staff study research paper was on the feasibility of setting up a traffic enforcement team for Middleton Police.
Graduation ceremonies were held at the Janesville Holiday Inn conference center and included a luncheon and key note address by Madison Police Department Chief Noble Wray. Attending the ceremony from Middleton PD were Chief Keil and Lieutenants Kakuske and Foulke. Also in attendance was Troy’s wife Lori and son Jordan.
Troy will now come back to work as the 2nd detail shift commander.
Pictured in the attachment from left to right: Chief Keil, Lt. Kakuske, Sgt. Hellenbrand and Lt. Foulke
Jessica Quamme joins the Middleton Police Department
On November 5, 2008, Jessica Quamme began employment with the Middleton Police Department. Jessica grew up in De Forest, WI and graduated from De Forest High School in 2000. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies and a Criminal Justice Certificate. Jessica has been employed by the Shorewood Hills Police Department for the last three years.
Jessica was sworn in as a police officer by Middleton City Clerk Trish Amble on November 6, 2008. Jessica is pictured receiving the Law Enforcement Oath of Honor from Chief Keil.
Officer Stroik graduates from Academy
On August 28, 2008, Nicholas Stroik graduated from the Fox Valley Technical College 13 week Police Academy in Appleton. The Middleton Police Department is proud to announce that Officer Stroik finished as the top academic achiever of his class and a close second as the best shooter in the class. Chief Keil and Lt. Kakuske attended the graduation ceremony representing the department. Officer Stroik was also joined by family members. Pictured below are Officer Stroik and Chief Keil.
Nick Stroik joins the Middleton Police Department
On May 28, 2008 Nicholas Stroik joined the Middleton Police Department. Nick grew up in Cudahay, WI and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2003 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. Chris joined the United States Marine Corp and served in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. Upon completing his Marine Corp obligation, Nick began employment as an IT consultant with Kerry Ingredients in Beloit, WI and worked there until his employment with Middleton PD.
Nick currently lives in Janesville with his wife Kelly who is a teacher and his 1 year old son Carter.
Nick will be attending the 13 week Police Academy at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI, then will begin the approximately 4 month Field Training Program.
Nick is pictured with City Clerk Trish Amble being sworn in as a Middleton Police Officer. Nick also recited the Police Officer Oath of Honor and received an Oath of Honor plaque from Chief Keil. The ceremony was attended by Nick's wife, son, parents, relatives, police employees, city employees and elected officials.
2008 Middleton Police Department Awards
5 years: Dan Jones ( 8/19/2002), Jeremy Geiszler ( 11/11/2002 and Tom Wilson ( 2/26/2003).
MIDDLETON POLICE OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDS
Sergeant Don Mueller: Middleton Police Department Sergeant Don Mueller was the recipient of the 2007 Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Safety “Director’s Award” for outstanding efforts in traffic policing and traffic safety. The award was presented to Sergeant Mueller by Superintendent Dave Collins of the Wisconsin State Patrol and Major Dan Lonsdorf, the Director of the Bureau of Transportation Safety, at the 2007 Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety in Stevens Point. As a recipient of this award, Sergeant Mueller was sent by WI DOT to the National Life Saver Conference in Portland, Oregon in April.
Officer Michael Ash: Mike has been a member of the Middleton Police Department since February 1, 1987. Mike has been involved in community activities, volunteering his time to Middleton EMS in years past. Mike is a CPR trainer and has trained and re-certified Middleton police officers and employees in CPR and is currently re-certifying the entire department in the new method of CPR which consists primarily of chest compressions.
Mike has always made traffic safety and traffic enforcement a personal priority. In the last 5 years, Mike has made 105 Operating While Intoxicated arrests, all the more significant given the fact that he works the 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM shift, when traditionally there are not a lot of intoxicated drivers arrested. In 2007, Mike almost doubled the amount of traffic citations and warnings he issued compared to other officers. While Middleton officers are encouraged to be well rounded in their policing activities, Mike’s dedication to traffic safety is to be commended.
Dispatcher Sue Buechner: Sue has been a Middleton police dispatcher since March 8, 2005. Sue came to us with previous dispatch experience at the Dane County 911 Center, Rock County 911 Center and in Illinois. Sue is very competent at the core responsibilities that any dispatcher has, but receives praise from the officers she works with by going the extra mile to find information for them and keeping them safe. Sue is proficient at using the varied data bases at her disposal to learn the identity of a suspect, type of vehicle they operate, addresses, work places, and associates.
Middleton Police Training Team; Sergeants Troy Hellenbrand, Steve Britt and Darrin Zimmerman, Detective Craig Faga, Officers Greg Dixon, David Kasdorf, Rich O’Connor, Jeremy Geiszler and retired Sergeant Dave Kromm:
in providing innovative, evolving and timely training to the officers. These training officers work long hours, often in unpleasant conditions with no benefits other than the self-satisfaction they receive for their role in working with well trained officers and the knowledge that they are keeping the officers and the community they serve safe.
Sergeant Darrin Zimmerman: On February 8, 2008, Chief Keil announced the promotion of Darrin Zimmerman to Sergeant. Darrin is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. He has been with the department for 8 years, as a patrol officer, DARE officer, police school liaison officer and detective. Darrin and his wife Janelle, also a police department employee, live in Middleton with their two children.
Communication Center Supervisor Wendy McKnight: On April 6, Chief Keil announced the promotion of Dispatcher Wendy McKnight to the newly created position of Communication Center Supervisor. Wendy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She has been with the department since 1997. Wendy and her husband Kevin, a former Middleton police dispatcher and current Dane County Deputy, live in Dane County with their 2 daughters.
MIDDLETON GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARD
Van Nutt: Van is the very successful Executive Director of the Middleton Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s mission is to promote a strong economy and a high quality of life for the greater Middleton community. The City of Middleton, thanks in large part to efforts of the Chamber of Commerce, was recognized in 2007 by Money Magazine as America’s #1 Place to Live.
Tony Peterson: Tony is a long time Middleton resident who recently retired after a distinguished 25 year career with the Madison Police Department. As a police Lieutenant, Tony always reached out to area departments and improved the working relationship between his agency and the Middleton Police Department. Tony has voluntarily participated in a number of interview panels for the Middleton Police Department for dispatcher, dispatcher supervisor, police officer and police supervisors. Tony is a member of the Middleton Public Safety Committee.
The department would like to congratulate Tony on his successful career with the Madison Police Department and thank him for his contribution to our community.
Middleton Fire Department: The Middleton Fire Department fills many roles, traditional and a bit non-traditional, which are very helpful to the police department. On three occasions this year, the police department has requested assistance from the fire department in locating missing people.
These cases included a suicidal woman believed to be in the Nature Preserve, a man visiting relatives from out of town who left the residence in inclement weather without the proper clothing on, and an elderly woman suffering dementia who also left in inclement weather without warm clothes. In each case the fire department responded with a full turnout and began a grid search, on foot and ATV, using computers with GPS technology to map areas that had been covered and those where searches needed to be completed.
In each case the missing person was located. The police department wishes to recognize the efforts of the fire department in this area and other areas of mutual concern.
LIFE SAVING AWARDS
Dispatcher Tim Hoeksema, Officers Travis Kakuske, Rick Wipperfurth and Matt Sherry: On May 02, 2007 at 3:29:22 am Dispatcher Hoeksema received a 911 call in reference to a 69 year old male with no pulse and not breathing at a residence in the 6400 block of Elmwood Ave. He immediately activated the alert tones at 3:29:28 am. He was clear and concise with the information and dispatched the officers immediately allowing an extremely fast response time.
Officer Wipperfurth was first on scene arriving at 3:30:51 am and verified PNB status at 3:31:40 am. Officer Kakuske arrived at 3:31:40 am and Officer Sherry arrived at 3:31:57 am and assisted Officer Wipperfurth with administrating CPR and one AED shock prior to paramedic’s arrival at 3:35:52 am. The patient was transported to the UW hospital and recovered from his medical condition.
On March 3, 2008 Sgt. Darrin Zimmerman of the Middleton Police Department, Deputy Keith Kelly of the Dane County Sheriff's Office and his K-9 Indy, visited the Little Red Preschool in Middleton to talk to the students about police officers and police k-9s. The children were thrilled with the experience.
Detective Zimmerman Promoted to Sergeant
On February 8, 2008, Chief Brad Keil announced the promotion of Darrin Zimmerman to Sergeant. Sergeant Zimmerman will replace Dave Kromm, who retired after 22 years of service to the residents of Middleton.
Officers applying for the position of Sergeant participated in an internal promotional rating, written test, oral interview and assessment center. The Middleton Police Commission certified 3 officers and Chief Keil appointed Sgt. Zimmerman.
Sgt. Zimmerman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. He has been with the department for 8 years, as a patrol officer DARE officer, police school liaison officer and detective. Sgt. Zimmerman and his wife Janelle, also a police department employee, live in Middleton with their two children.
Sgt. Zimmerman will be assigned to split shift, 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM and 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM.