Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Chief Brad Wentlandt: "It's important to take time to remember the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities."
With this week being Police Week, a number of community members have offered their heartfelt thanks to the men in blue this week. The week includes area law enforcement officials honoring those who were disabled or died in the line of duty. More than 19,000 names of fallen law enforcement officers are etched into the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial — and more are added every year. The Greenfield Police Department in partnership with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Shielded Hearts will present a screening of the film Heroes Behind the Badge at 7 p.m. tonight at the Greenfield High School Performing Arts Center. So why is Police Week important? "It's important to take time to remember the men …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Department is now putting hard-plated body armor vests in all squads to protect its officers.
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Saturday, May 4
The Greenfield Police Department has invested in 15 hard-plated body armor vests that can be used as extra protection if an officer is on a dangerous call. One will be put in each squad car, officials said. Police Chief Brad Wentlandt tells Patch's news partners at WISN 12 News that the department has been looking into the purchase for a couple years, but it was the effort to capture the Boston Marathon bombing suspects that reinforced the decision. More from WISN 12 News
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Sheriff David Clarke urged listeners to arm themselves with a firearm until his officers can get to the scene. The Greenfield Police Department said that decision is personal and private.
The Greenfield Police Department did its best to separate itself from comments made by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke in Clarke's recent radio ad that urges listeners to arm and defend themselves "until we get there." In a statement released on its Facebook page, the Greenfield Police Department said Greenfield residents should know: "No Greenfield officers have been laid off or furloughed; "Violent crime is down overall and in Greenfield; "Our response time to violent crime is less than 2 minutes; "The decision to arm yourself with a firearm is a very personal and private decision that should not be driven by fear that our officers will not respond to your calls for help." The department suggested if readers do make the decision to…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Greenfield Police Department has some simple suggestions about keeping your money, belongings out of the hands of others.
A simple Google News search for "purse" will show you purse-snatchers are as active as ever during the holiday season. And it's not uncommon to check out a local police blotter and read about a a purse or two taken from car while the victim is shopping or working out at a local health and fitness club. According to Greenfield Police Department Chief Brad Wentlandt, there are easy steps to take to prevent you from being a victim. "Women almost always leave their purse in a shopping cart," Wentlandt said. "While they are browsing, thieves walk up, open the purse and remove credit cards and money. By the time the victim gets to the check out, the money is spent and the credit cards have been used." Some suspects will use a second person to …
Friday, December 14, 2012
The man, who has four prior drunken-driving convictions, told police he was buying a bottle of whiskey at the liquor store after consuming a few beers Thursday afternoon.
A 38-year-old Greenfield man with four prior drunken-driving convictions is accused of the same crime after he was arrested at approximately 12:35 p.m. Thursday. He also threw a wrinkle in the department chief’s planned day off. According to the police department, while the man performed and failed field sobriety tests, Chief Brad Wentlandt, who was on vacation, arrived and assisted in the man’s arrest. Coincidently, Wentlandt had just been the first one on the scene of a multi-car crash at 76th Street and Edgerton (see attached photo) before responding to the drunken-driving incident. In the latter incident, according to the Greenfield Police Department, a witness told police the man was swerving, drove over the curb and onto a grassy …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Police say the threat, written in marker on a garage in the 3200 block of West Mangold Avenue, was not credible.
Updated: noon Wednesday The Greenfield Police Department have taken into custody a student they believe made a graffiti bomb threat against Greenfield High School. On Tuesday, police officers responded to a call regarding graffiti in the 3200 block of West Mangold Avenue. Officers discovered graffiti written in marker on a garage stating “Greenfield High School blown up Dec 5-8,” according to Chief Brad Wentlandt. After investigating the graffiti and conducting interviews, police and school officials determined that the graffiti was not a credible threat to the school. Wentlandt, who said his department never considered closing or evacuating the school, would not divulge specific department tactics used in determining the credibility of …
Monday, November 26, 2012
The officers served more than 25 gallons of coffee and hot cocoa to shoppers waiting for Black Friday deals at Best Buy, h.h.gregg and Target.
_________________________________ When Greenfield police officers pull up to Best Buy or Target, it's more often than not because of people trying to pull stunts like these guys or this mom. (Think retail theft attempts gone bad). But on Friday, officers were out at three major chain stores for much different reasons. They spent time at various Greenfield businesses serving coffee and hot cocoa, candy canes and cookies to Black Friday shoppers waiting in line. According to Chief Brad Wentlandt, officers would normally be assigned to these locations to monitor the lines and crowds, but the event allows the officers to interact with shoppers in a positive way and spread some holiday cheer. Heck, the department's spiffy Subaru even made an …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Three of five alderpersons voted for a 2.74 percent tax levy increase, more than the 1.98 percent bump proposed in Mayor Michael Neitzke's 2013 budget.
A majority of Greenfield alderpersons voted to raise the property tax levy above what Mayor Michael Neitzke proposed in his 2013 budget Tuesday. Neitzke’s budget called for a property tax levy of $21,834,243, but an amendment by Alderperson Tom Pietrowski tacked on an additional $161,204, raising the tax levy 2.74 percent compared to 2012. Neitzke’s proposal included a 1.98 percent levy increase over 2012, largely to pay off debt. Alderpersons Karl Kastner and Shirley Saryan backed Pietrowski’s amendment, which called for the additional $161,204 to go to the general fund to pay for public safety while shifting state transportation aids from the general fund to capital projects such as roads. Alderpersons Linda Lubotsky and Pam Akers voted …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The 29-year-old Greenfield police officer had an inappropriate relationship with a female theft suspect in August, which included sexually explicit text messages, the department said Tuesday.
Updated 10:50 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15: The police officer who resigned as a result of an internal misconduct investigation in September has been identified as David Young. According to a TMJ4 report, Young asked a 23-year-old jewelry theft suspect to send him pictures of herself and the two exchanged multiple text messages, some of which were sexually explicit. Original story: A 29-year-old Greenfield Police Department officer resigned after the department discovered he was involved with a female theft suspect, including sending sexually explicit text messages. The officer resigned Sept. 7, during the department's internal misconduct investigation into his inappropriate relationship with the suspect, acording to a news release issued …
Friday, November 2, 2012
A Franksville man was busted by authorities after the Greenfield Police Department acted on a tip from another case last fall.
Updated 1:45 p.m. Nov. 2 A Franksville man found out this week a couple of dump trucks filled with marijuana not only carries a $7.2 million value on the street, but it is also worth a lengthy prison term as well. John Gay, who plead guilty to one count of possession with intent to sell marijuana in July, was sentenced to 6 years in prison with an additional 3 years of extended supervision in Racine County Court this week, one year after police found more than nine tons of pot on his property. Last fall, acting on a tip from a related case at the Greenfield Police Department, investigators obtained a warrant to search a property located at 2743 76th St. in Franksville, according to Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt. There they found 1…