What Our Police Officers Want You to Know
- The basic law enforcement academy is a 17 week course.
- At least 60 college credits are required to become a police officer.
- Many of us have college degrees and all of us receive continuous training.
- Some of us hold advanced degrees including several with a Master’s Degree.
- Pleasant Prairie officers must receive at least 24 hours of police training each year, and most receive much more.
Our sirens mean there is trouble ahead. Please move out of the way
- You may feel anxiety when you encounter us. We feel the same way.
- When you are in the company of a police officer you are in a very safe place.
- Please do exactly as you are instructed by the officer.
- If you don’t comply with an officer’s instructions you are putting yourself and the officer at risk.
We have a well-trained K-9 Patrol. Pleasant Prairie was among the first small municipalities to be joined by these willing and able partners. The first dog joined the force in 1998. Fund Raisers have contributed to this effort. “Echo”, a mix of German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois, is considered a multi-purpose police dog that can assist in tracking people, lost children, people with dementia, and suspects attempting to evade officers. Echo can also perform drug searches and provide officer protection during escalated events.
We might save your life in more than one way. Our officers are trained as medical first responders. Each Squad car and SUV is equipped with an Automated External Cardiac Defibrillator and we have used those devices to save lives here in the Village. Since we are constantly on patrol throughout the Village we might answer your 911 call before the rescue squads arrive.
Our Dispatchers and the administrative group are also well trained, experienced, and enthusiastic about doing their best with the high level of technology they use. We trust and rely on them.
We thank our Village Community Development managers who have insisted that developers provide exhaustive use of security cameras on their properties. Dispatchers contribute a great deal to the safety of citizens, properties, and the officers as well. Alerts are issued and evidence is collected.
What Officers Need
About 75 years ago short wave radios and photography substantially increased the safety of police officers, aided in apprehensions, and provided evidence for criminal prosecution. Video cameras and now squad car cameras on our dashboards have significantly added to technology. The numerous security cameras on the dispatchers’ screens alert us and continue to add to evidence collection. We look forward to having Body Cameras, worn with our uniforms and vests, to see much of what we are seeing. Many facts surrounding an incident are collected and can be transmitted. This can give us confidence that we will not be falsely accused and that evidence collected will help get convictions.
We are grateful that Taser non-lethal weapons have become available to us. It gives us options to control a difficult situation with a weapon in between the nightstick and the lethal Automatic Pistol. The normal practice is to have enough of these expensive weapons available for each on-duty officer and enough in reserve to be on the battery chargers. Most of us would prefer to have a personal Taser to take home and to care for as we do with our automatic pistols. In an emergency situation we could then go on duty with our own nonlethal weapon on hand. Further we would then have this option when off-duty.
We enjoy activities that put us in contact with children.We want them to know us and trust us.
Programs like the highly regarded “Shop with a Cop” give us a big opportunity to prove that we are friendly, ordinary people. All of us would like to do more “outreach programs” enabling us to spend time getting closer to residents in the schools, the parks, the malls, and the Recplex.
We enjoy being asked to participate in neighborhood parades. We get close to the residents and their children and we enjoy the hot dogs and bratwurst.