Police Department

Brooklyn Police Department

 

The Brooklyn Police Department is comprised of a three-quarter time Police Chief, one full-time Patrol Officer, two part-time Patrol Officers and one part-time Clerical Staff member. The Police Department is located in the Community Building on the second floor. Due to part-time staffing, Police Patrol and other typical law enforcement services are limited. 

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.   

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James F. Barger
Chief of Police
Brooklyn Police Department

Please dial 911 for all emergencies

Brooklyn Police Department
102 N. Rutland Av.
Brooklyn, WI 53521-0189
608-455-2131 (non-emergency)
608-455-1799 (fax)
police@brooklynwi.gov

When does the law require a crash report? Click on Report Your Crash for more information.

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2017 Law of the Month

March

State law stipulates when headlights must be turned on

Per state law, you must use headlights during hours of darkness, which is defined in statute as “the period of time from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise and all other times when there is not sufficient natural light to render clearly visible any person or vehicle upon a highway at a distance of 500 feet.”

In addition, a recently enacted state law requires headlight use when weather conditions limit visibility to 500 feet or less. “Rainy, snowy or foggy days will limit visibility. A sensible rule to follow is that if you turn on your windshield wipers you should also turn on your headlights. You should use your low beams when driving in fog, snow or heavy rain because the light from high beams often will reflect off the precipitation and cause glare. At other times, high beams should be used whenever there are no oncoming vehicles because high beams let you see twice as far.

State law requires that you dim your high beams whenever you approach an oncoming vehicle within 500 feet, which is about one-tenth of a mile. High beams also must be dimmed when you are 500 feet or less behind another vehicle.

A citation for failing to use headlights when required or failing to dim high beams within 500 feet of another vehicle will cost drivers $162.70 plus three demerit points.

As drivers begin their seasonal adjustments to increase/decrease hours of darkness and more inclement weather, headlight use is critical for their safety and the safety of others drivers.

Brooklyn Police Department

 

February 2017

Wisconsin's 'Absolute Sobriety Law' means not a drop of alcohol for drivers under age 21

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in Wisconsin. To prevent needless deaths and injuries during the start of the graduation season and other springtime celebrations, law enforcement agencies are reminding young motorists and their parents about Wisconsin’s Absolute Sobriety Law for drivers under age 21.

The law is quite simple. Absolute sobriety for drivers under age 21 means they may not consume any amount of alcohol—not even a drop—and legally operate a motor vehicle.

Young drivers convicted of violating Wisconsin’s Absolute Sobriety Law will have their driver license suspended for three months. They also will have to pay a $389.50 citation and will have four demerit points assessed on their driver license.

“At any age, alcohol even in small amounts may impair the mental and physical skills needed to drive safely, such as decision-making, concentration, coordination and reaction time. However, teens and young people, who often are inexperienced drivers, are especially susceptible to the adverse effects of alcohol on their driving ability, we don’t want young drivers or their passengers to suffer serious injuries or tragic deaths because of a disastrous decision, such as getting behind the wheel after drinking.

Brooklyn Police Department

 

 

January 2017 

What to do when you see flashing lights on the highway

Flashing lights on emergency vehicles are designed to get your attention while driving and prompt decisive actions. By reacting calmly and correctly in the following situations, you can help prevent serious problems.

When you see warning, lights flashing on a law enforcement vehicle, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck, highway maintenance vehicle or utility vehicle that is stopped on the side of a road, you are required to move over or at least slow down.   “Under the state’s, Move Over Law, if you can safely switch lanes on interstate highways and other divided roads with multiple directional lanes, you must vacate the lane closest to the stopped law enforcement or other emergency vehicle, If the road has a single directional lane or you can’t safely move over because of traffic, you must reduce your speed until safely past the vehicle.”

A citation for a Move Over Law violation costs $263.50 with three demerit points added to your driver’s license.

“Our officers and others working on the sides of highways are in danger of being hit while inside or outside their vehicles by out-of-control or speeding vehicles that did not move over. By obeying the Move Over Law, drivers can protect themselves, their passengers, our officers and others who work on highways from serious injuries and deaths.

Drivers also may encounter emergency vehicles, such as law enforcement squad cars, ambulances and fire trucks, approaching with their warning lights and sirens activated.  Per state law, drivers must then yield the right of way and drive immediately “to a position as near as possible and parallel to the right curb or the right-hand edge of the shoulder of the roadway clear of any intersection.” Unless directed otherwise by a law enforcement officer, the driver of the vehicle shall stop and remain stopped until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed. A violation of this law costs $326.50 with four points added to the driver’s license.

“While making, traffic stops on divided highways, we as officers see many motorists move to the left and stop on the median shoulder instead of pulling over on the right shoulder. Stopping on the median shoulder instead of the shoulder on the right is dangerous for both the motorist and the officer.

Staying safe on the highway for you and others is top priority.

Brooklyn Police Department

 

 

2016 Laws of the Month

Click on the above wording to take you to the laws.

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Brooklyn Citizens Complete Police Citizens Academy

Russell Cazier, Village Trustee, and Linda Kuhlman, Deputy Clerk-Treasurer, along with four Belleville residents, were awarded plaques on June 1, 2016, in recognition of completing the Belleville/Brooklyn Police Citizens Academy. The goal of the program is to increase understanding among area residents and law enforcement. The nine-week Academy included instruction on aspects of law, use of force, and drug use trends; a visit to the Dane County 911 Center; hands-on experience driving emergency vehicles, firing various weapons, field sobriety testing, and crime scene investigation methods; and a demonstration by the Green County K-9 unit. Persons interested in attending future academies are invited to contact Chief Harry Barger.

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Officer Cynthia Neubert was recently recognized by the Oregon-Brooklyn Optimist Club as the "Officer of the Year" for her work in the community as a Police Officer in Brooklyn. Officer Neubert has been with the Brooklyn Police Department in a part-time capacity since 2009. She also works as a full-time Officer for the Oregon Police Department. She has served as a School Resource Officer in the Oregon School District and managed many community based activities, many of which have helped Brooklyn residents. One of the events that qualified her for the recognition was a traffic stop in February of 2015 where she discovered drugs and paraphernalia among numerous traffic charges. Her attention to detail allowed her to take into custody over $4,000 worth of drugs and prevent the drugs from being sold. Officer Neubert is a valued employee of the Brooklyn Police Department, and we applaud her service to our community and congratulate her on this recognition. The photo shows Officer Neubert, Brooklyn Police Chief Harry Barger; along with Optimist President Mary Kay Clark and member Maynard Scoehr.

 

 Worthless Checks

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.

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