The Grand Chute Police Department is proud to offer several programs to engage and protect 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 for the motel employees and residents and businesses in the immediate vicinity.
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 motels, 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 the department’s mission to enhance the 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.
Citizens Public Safety Academy
The application period for the 2023 Citizens Public Safety Academy has closed. Please monitor this page and our social media pages for more information about upcoming citizen's academies.
The Town of Grand Chute Police and Fire Departments have joined together for the 2023 Citizen’s Public Safety Academy to begin May 2023 - July 2023. The class will meet each Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m*. Classes will be held at either the Grand Chute Police Department or the Grand Chute Fire Department.
*Some classes may run past 8:00 pm due to the activities scheduled - see the agenda below for a full list of activities.
The Citizen’s Public Safety Academy provides a glimpse into the life of police officers and firefighters through tours, presentations, and many interactive activities. The academy was created to provide a working knowledge of the policies, procedures, and practices of the Grand Chute Police and Fire Departments.
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 are enrolling up to 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 list for next year’s academy
Check back for future application dates to partake in this awesome opportunity.
2023 Citizens Public Safety Academy Flyer
2023 Citizens Public Safety Academy Agenda
Deadline for applications: The 2023 application period has closed.
For more information contact:
Grand Chute Police Department
Community Resource Officer Dylan Davis
1900 Grand Chute Blvd, Appleton, WI 54913
Phone: 920-832-1575 or Fax: 920-832-1749
Drug Collection Box
Grand Chute residents can drop off unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medication at the drop box located inside the Police Department lobby during normal business hours or when a police employee is available to allow access to the lobby. Click here for guidelines and more information.
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.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) & Site Security Surveys
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a multi-disciplinary approach to crime prevention that uses urban and architectural design and the management of built and natural environments. CPTED strategies aim to reduce victimization, deter offender decisions that precede criminal acts, and build a sense of community among inhabitants so they can gain territorial control of areas, reduce crime, and minimize fear of crime. CPTED is pronounced ‘sep-ted’ and it is also known around the world as Designing Out Crime, defensible space, and other similar terms.
CPTED focuses on the tactical design and the effective use of the built environment. When CPTED principles are applied to your business, school, residence, etc; it reduced both crime and the fear of crime for that location. The main objective of CPTED is to reduce/remove the opportunity for crime to occur in a particular environment and promote positive interaction with the space by legitimate users. This is a preventative, proactive model.
With police expertise engaged in the design and planning process and the principles of CPTED applied, opportunities for crime and disorder, and consequent calls for service, are reduced and safer communities are created.
You can request a CPTED/Site Security Survey to be conducted at your residence, business, school, etc; by contacting Community Resource Officer Dylan Davis. CRO Davis will arrange a time to meet with you at your location, will conduct a CPTED/Site Security survey, and provide recommendations on how to optimize your site from a security standpoint.
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 that 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 be 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 inquiring what residents are interested in joining.
- Contact Community Resource Officer Dylan Davis at (920) 832-1575, who will help coordinate the group and assign an officer to work directly with your neighborhood.