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.   


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)

Law of the Month

July 2016 - Regulation of Lawns and Natural Lawns

Brooklyn Ordinance 22.07


(1) Public Nuisance Declared. The village board finds that lawns which exceed six (6) inches in length on lots or parcels of land within the village adversely affect the public health and safety of the public in that such lawns tend to emit pollen and other discomforting plant particles, constitute a fire hazard and constitute a safety hazard in that debris can be hidden in the grass, interferes with public convenience and adversely affects property values of other land within the village. Therefore, except with prior application and issuance of a Natural Lawn permit from the village, lawns shall be maintained to a height not to exceed six (6) inches in length. Any lawn on a parcel of land which exceeds six (6) inches in length in the absence of a Natural Lawn Permit is hereby declared to be a public nuisance.


Failure to adhere to the above Ordinance could result in a citation and

a penalty of up to $235.00.


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Law of the Month

June 2016 - Are drivers on highways required to make room for merging vehicles?

While merging from a ramp onto a multiple-lane highway, it certainly helps when drivers on the main freeway move over a lane so you can get into the flow of traffic more easily. But are drivers on the main freeway required by law to change lanes and provide a clear path for merging vehicles?

"As a matter of courtesy and safety, we encourage drivers on multiple lane highways to change lanes if possible or adjust their speed so that merging vehicles can get into the traffic flow quickly. However, drivers merging from a ramp onto a highway should be aware that vehicles on the main freeway are not legally required to move over for merging vehicle.

Here are a few suggestions for merging onto highways smoothly:

  • Enter the freeway from the ramp at or near the speed of freeway traffic.
  • Use your turn signals.
  • Do not stop while merging unless absolutely necessary.
  • Don't try to squeeze into a gap in traffic that won't provide room to react.
  • If you have to cross several lanes of traffic, cross them one at a time.

Merging onto a highway can be stressful when traffic is heavy and moving rapidly. Drivers trying to merge should pay strict attention to the traffic flow and be prepared to adjust their speed. But don’t expect that the drivers on the main freeway will necessarily move over for a merging vehicle.


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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.


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.



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.

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.