The Grand Chute Police Department is proud to offer several programs to engage and protective the safety and security of our citizens.
The Grand Chute Police Department does host citizen ride-alongs. For more information about the ride-along program, open the Ride-Along tab in the column to the left.
Community / Hotel Intervention Program (Hotel/Motel Program)
In 2012, the Town of Grand Chute enacted an ordinance aimed at reducing calls for service at hotels and making improvements to the quality of life. Before the ordinance was enacted, Grand Chute officers responded to an overwhelming number of calls at the hotels related to; disturbances, welfare checks, ordinance violations, drugs and prostitution. Since the ordinance took effect, calls for service at the hotels have dropped significantly and several hotels have made improvements to their property. This not only provides a safe environment for the guests but also the motel employees and residents and businesses in the immediate vacinity.
When the program commenced, officers reviewed calls for service and aimed at working with management to reduce them. Some motels were categorized as a Tier 3 motel, which means the business had a significant number of calls and problematic guests. Officers were assigned to each of these motels in an effort to work with management and reduce calls and make suggestions to improve the quality of life at the motel. Several of the motels participated in a CPTED study, (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) and the changes made led to upgrades to the property and security improvements in and around the motel. The officers who worked diligently with management have noticed a sharp decrease in the number of calls and a safer environment for the guests. The program has been very successful and it reflects on the department’s mission to enhance overall quality of life, reduce the fear of crime, and ensure a peaceful, safe environment for all members of our community.
In 2015, the department was awarded the ProPhoenix Innovative Program Recognition for the efforts and results of this program.
Citizen Police Academy
The Citizen’s Police Academy provides a glimpse into the day of a law enforcement officer through tours, presentations, and many interactive activities. The Academy was created to provide a working knowledge of the policies, procedures and personnel of the Police Department to the citizens of our community.
The Academy is free of charge and open to all citizens who are at least 17 years of age. Background checks will be completed prior to being accepted into the Academy.
We enroll approximately 20 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. If we do not have room for all interested participants, you will be put on a waiting list for next year’s academy.
The next academy will be held in the Fall of 2018. Watch our website and social media pages for more informaiton.
Grand Chute Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (GCCPAA)
Mission: To support the Grand Chute Police Department and promote a better understanding and communication between the police department and the citizens of Grand Chute, Wisconsin.
The GCCPAA was formed by the Citizens Police Academy Class of 2003, who felt compelled to offer time, services, and support to the police department. Today, the Alumni Association has members from all graduating classes.
The GCCPAA holds fundraisers (candy bars, handmade wreaths, bake sales, brat frys) to help purchase needed items not covered in the police department budget. We also volunteer, giving of our time and talents by helping ease the workload on police department staff, which allows them to better utilize their specialized skills.
Neighborhood Watch focuses on informing the community how to discourage, deter and prevent crimes such as burglary, auto theft, car break-ins, and personal crimes which often occur in or near homes. Issues such as vandalism, graffiti, drug dealing and gang activity are also addressed when applicable. Neighborhood Watch is a citizen-based partnership between Town residents and police officers. It is based upon the concept that when people take a “good neighbor” approach to being watchful in their neighborhood and community, they can cause police officers to be more effective in confronting suspicious behavior and controlling crime.
How to organize and establish a neighborhood watch group in your area:
- Discuss with your neighbors the benefit of organizing a NHW.
- Who do you want to include? One block, several blocks or an association.
- Who will lead your watch group? A good neighborhood watch group contains several block captains to disseminate information.
- Going door to door throughout your neighborhood and inquire what residents are interested in joining.
- Contact CRO Travis Waas at (920) 832-1575, who will help coordinate the group and assign an officer to work directly with your neighborhood.