The most frequently seen members of our Police Department are the uniformed Patrol Officers who serve the City of Fond du Lac in black and white patrol cars. The Patrol Division is comprised of 49 Police Officers spread across 3 different shifts. They handle approximately 50,000 calls for service per year, including self-initiated activity. The Patrol Division is responsible for protecting approximately 43,000 citizens over 18 square miles of jurisdiction. Many Officers within the Patrol Division are involved with other department teams including SWAT, Field Training, K9, Honor Guard, Sex Offender Compliance Team, Street Crimes, Motor and Bike Units. The Fond du Lac Police Department has a continuous hiring process to establish a list of qualified candidates for the position of Police Officer. More information regarding the position may be found by clicking the link on the left side of this page.
The City of Fond du Lac utilizes a District Command model of policing - with a very strong emphasis on problem solving, intelligence/data analysis and community-based policing. The City is divided into three geographic districts (East, Central, West), with each district operating under the command of a Captain and two Lieutenants. All officers are assigned to work in one of these districts.
On July 9th of 2012, the Fond du Lac Police Department announced the implementation of its new Problem Oriented and District Policing initiative or POP’s. What exactly is POP’s/District Policing? POP’s/District Policing is a collaborative law enforcement approach that is geographically based that combines problem-solving policing, information sharing, and police accountability, with enhanced intelligence operations. The Department built upon our former successes with Community Oriented Policing and implemented a problem oriented and district philosophical approach to policing.
As part of this initiative, the Department divided up the city into three geographically based districts; West, Central and East. Each of the three districts is overseen by a Patrol Captain who serves as the District Commander. In addition, each district has two Patrol Lieutenants assigned to it. The Patrol Officers assigned to the various districts work in those areas for an extended period of time, typically six months to one year. This provides a greater degree of knowledge, ownership and accountability to the Officers and Supervisors assigned to work in that specific district. It also builds relationships and trust between the Officers assigned to a specific district and the people who live and work in that district. When that trust is earned, it develops into greater information sharing between the police and the people in the neighborhood of the district which leads to a safer community. For a directory of officers by district, please click on the “Contact Us” tab on the left.
Cyber Crimes Unit
Officer Keywon Brown is Fond du Lac Police Department's Computer Forensic Investigator.
Computer Forensics deals with the preservation, identification, extraction, interpretation
and documentation of computer evidence. Like any other forensic science, computer
forensics involves the use of sophisticated technology, tools and procedures.
The Fond du Lac Police Department's Computer Forensics Unit is also an ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) affiliate, which investigates internet crimes that victimize children.
The Fond du Lac Police Department Detective Bureau is coordinated by Captain Pat McKeough.
The Fond du Lac Police Department has nine detectives and one forensic computer investigator.
One of the detectives is assigned at Fond du Lac High School and another is assigned to the Lake Winnebago MEG Unit, doing drug investigations.
There are also four School Resource Officers assigned to district schools, including one at Fond du Lac High School and one at each middle school. Each school year, the School Resource Officers, along with the detective at the High School, handle approximately 6,000 requests for service. These requests include investigations of criminal and misdemeanor acts, staff assists, counseling sessions and parent meetings.
The Fond du Lac Police Department Records Bureau is coordinated by Captain Mat Mueller.
- Copies of Reportable State Accident Reports
- Copies of Fond du Lac Police Reports
- In-House Contact Checks
- Note: The Records Division only handles records from events occurring within the Fond du Lac City Limits.
Hours of Operation
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I obtain a copy of my accident report?
Fond du Lac Police Officers complete two types of accident forms. One is the Wisconsin Reportable Accident Form and the other is the Non-Reportable Envelope Exchange Crash Report. The Wisconsin form is reserved for more serious accidents involving injuries or property damage in excess of $1,000 to property owned by any one person, or in excess of $200 to government property. These Wisconsin Accident Reports are available through the Records Division. Please note that they may not be available until at least 7-10 days after the accident occurs.
If you were involved in a less serious accident that did not meet the above criteria, a Non-Reportable Envelope Exchange Crash Report would have been completed. A copy of that form should have been issued to you at the scene. If you lost your copy or need another, please contact Records at 920-322-3708. You should have the following information available when you call:
- Date, time and location of the accident.
- Case number, if known.
- Names of the drivers.
Once your report is ready you can pick it up in person during our normal hours of operation. You can also arrange to prepay in order to have the report mailed to you when ready.
2. How do I obtain a copy of a regular police report?
Police reports will only be available after a case has been closed or adjudicated in court. Materials from active investigations, including accidents, will not be made available. Several other types of information will not be released such as juvenile records, medical records or anything the courts deem confidential. If you know a case has been closed and wish to request a copy of the report, you can make the request several ways:
- In person - You may stop into the FDL Police Department at 126 N. Main Street during regular business hours.
- By Phone - Call 920-322-3708 during regular business hours.
- By Fax - Send a fax with all pertinent information to 920-322-3701, Attention Records Request.
Note: Making a request by fax will not generate a faxed response. You will still need to either pick up the report or arrange to have it mailed to you as described below.
There are costs associated with making records requests. You will be charged .25 per page for photocopies up to $50. If the cost exceeds $50 you will be charged the actual labor and materials cost for records duplication. To better serve you, please have the following data when making a report request:
- Date, time and location of the incident.
- Case number, if known.
- Name(s) of involved subject(s).
Once your report is ready (typically within 10-14 days), you may pick it up in person during regular business hours. You may also arrange to prepay in order to have the report mailed to you.
3. Where and how do I pay for a traffic ticket?
Payment or court arrangements for all citations are handled by the Lakeside Municipal Court located at 16 Garfield Street in North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. You may contact them in person or by phone at 920-924-2479.
4. I lost my ticket; can I get a copy?
If you lost your ticket, Fond du Lac Police Records can help you locate a copy by calling 920-322-3708. You will need the subject's name, case number if known, or date, time and location of the incident.
5. Where and how do I pay for a parking ticket?
Parking tickets are processed through Citations Management of Milwaukee. A yellow payment box is located outside the main lobby of the Fond du Lac Police Department. For questions on parking citations or payment methods please call Citations Management at 1-877-501-9924 and refer to agency 4226.
The Fond du Lac Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) team is a group of specially trained and skilled officers. They assist on search warrants, drug raids and high-risk incidents. The team consists of members from a wide variety of backgrounds within the Police Department. These include supervisory, patrol, investigations and school resource officers.
The Department's S.W.A.T. Team was organized in 1978 by Sergeant John Hoffman, who retired as the Captain of Patrol in 1998. The original team consisted of five S.W.A.T. Team members and two Negotiators. The unit's weaponry consisted of four shotguns and one rifle. S.W.A.T. Officers were issued a camouflaged shirt, hat and pants.
The Fond du Lac Police Department's S.W.A.T. Team presently consists of eleven S.W.A.T. Team Members, four Negotiators and one Command Post Liaison. Team members are well equipped with new ballistic vests, helmets, pagers, scrambled frequency radio, multiple uniforms depending on environment, fully automatic M4 rifles, sniper rifles and less-lethal weaponry. The S.W.A.T. Team also has numerous diversionary devices, ballistic shields, lasers, high intensity flashlights, rappelling equipment and night vision. The S.W.A.T. team also acquired a new deployment vehicle along with a staging trailer to supplement the command post.
The S.W.A.T. Team trains monthly and has developed contingency plans for high-risk locations and potential "high-risk incident" situations. Our Team has been extremely successful in resolving high-risk situations within our community. The Fond du Lac S.W.A.T. team belongs to the Association of S.W.A.T. Personnel (A.S.P.) and our current S.W.A.T. team leader is Lieutenant David LeCaptain.
The Fond du Lac Police Department's Bike Patrol Team is comprised of over 30 Police Officers that are trained and certified in bike patrol applications and techniques. Police Officers ride the bikes from April through October as an alternative to patrolling in squad cars. This allows officers to proactively patrol downtown, congested areas, special events and problem areas in the city. Bike Patrol also allows for more direct interaction with citizens of the community. The Bike Patrol has been active since 1990.
Bike Patrol is an extremely useful tool in Law Enforcement. The Fond du Lac Police Department uses bicycles to proactively patrol hard-to-reach areas where squad cars have difficulty. Bike Patrol Officers are deployed at all times of the day and are not limited to any area of the city. If there is a known neighborhood problem, Bike Patrol can be used to conduct covert operations or, in some cases, simply let their presence be known. During special events such as Walleye Weekend the Bike Patrol Officers are invaluable. Officers can respond quickly to disturbances and have been utilized in finding lost children on many occasions.
Bike Patrol is also used in our parks and high traffic areas.
Motorcycles in police departments became popular after World War II. In earlier times, the Fond du Lac Police Department had as many or more motorcycles than patrol cars. The traffic department was a permanent assignment, riding year round. If the cycle was not a 3 wheeler, a sidecar was added for slippery Wisconsin roads in the winter.
In August of 1975, Motor Officer Bill Kuru (Ret.) was involved in an accident. He received a serious leg injury but, after surgery and rehab, he was able to return to work. By that time, however, the cycles had been eliminated. Although the injury was not the only reason, it surely was a big factor. During 1976, the last cycles were replaced with right-hand drive Jeeps. The motor patrol officer became a thing of the past, until April of 2000.
The Department had been using a motorcycle for 10 years through the D.A.R.E. program. The motorcycle was donated by Bob's Harley-Davidson to be used exclusively in the D.A.R.E. program. It was ridden to schools and other community events related to the program. All costs associated with the use of the cycle were covered by D.A.R.E.
In early 1999, with newly appointed Chief Johnson being a former Harley owner, a renewed interest in police motors surfaced. After much research and discussion, the Department was able to obtain four 2000 Police Road Kings from Bob's Harley-Davidson in Fond du Lac . The lease was modeled after another dealer program in Wisconsin. Three of the motorcycles were assigned to patrol, and the fourth was again assigned to D.A.R.E., which is part of Community Services.
Currently, the Fond du Lac Police Department has one motor unit on the road, thanks to the generosity of Pete and Lori at Open Road Harley- Davidson of Fond du Lac.
The Fond du Lac Police Honor Guard Unit is made up of seven officers who participate in parades, police funerals, flag raising ceremonies and memorials. The Honor Guard Officer wears a special "Class A" uniform when representing the City of Fond du Lac at such events.
The Fond du Lac Police Honor Guard Unit dedicates itself to the memory of three Fond du Lac Police Officers who have given up their lives in the line of duty. Officer Craig Birkholz was shot and killed while responding to assist another officer who had been shot on March 20, 2011. Officer Nick Klaske was shot while investigating an armed burglary. He passed away on October 31, 1961. Officer William Prinslow was shot while investigating an armed robbery while walking to work. He passed away on November 18, 1898.
A National Law Enforcement Memorial is located in Washington D.C. and lists the names of 14,000 Law Enforcement Officers who have given up their lives in the line of duty.
Contact: Detective Jeff Harbridge at (920) 322-3728
The Fond du Lac Police K-9 Unit was established in May of 1995 after Steve Klein approached former Chief Dan Bord with the K-9 concept. Due to lack of available funding, Klein needed to approach the community for assistance. The Fond du Lac Community responded. In a short time several business and corporations donated over $14,000 to fund the first K-9.
K-9 Zeiko and Handler Steve Klein proved their value to the Department and community with a number of finds and apprehensions. Shortly thereafter, the City Council added $10,000 to the police budget to fund a second K-9.
K-9 officers are assigned a 1-on-1 take-home squad car. The team members train on an ongoing basis and recertify yearly. The K-9 Unit also is a support unit to the Department's crisis response unit. Please contact the Chief's Administrative Assistant at (920)322-3706 if you would like to provide a donation for the K-9 unit or for further information on how to schedule a K-9 demonstration for your school, club or organization.
The Department currently has three K-9's in active service, with one specifically assigned to and funded by the MEG Unit.
K-9 Grendel and Officer Williams have been working as a team for the City of Fond du Lac since March 2006. Grendel is a dual-purpose K-9 that is certified in tracking, protection and narcotics detection. Grendel is a German Shepherd from Hungary. He was trained at Northern Michigan K-9. Since his time on the road Grendel has been responsible for numerous successful trackings of suspects and drug arrests. He has been a great asset to the City of Fond du Lac and surrounding areas. Grendel's handler, Officer Williams, has been employed with the City of Fond du Lac since 2002.
Special thanks to Marie Kuber who made Grendel's acquisition possible, Pet Smart for donating Nutro Brand High Performance dog food and Dr. Thompson at Country Hills Veterinary Health for providing veterinary services to Grendel.
During the Fall of 2007 Officer Ben Hardgrove was selected as the newest K-9 Officer. He attended a month-long K-9 handler class at Steinig Tal Kennels in Campbellsport, Wisconsin, under the direction of Larry Filo and Angie Fink. There, Officer Hardgrove was teamed up with his partner, Packo. Packo was a 2 1/2-year-old German Shepherd trained as a dual purpose patrol and narcotics detection dog. Upon graduation, Officer Hardgrove and Packo returned to the night shift patrol.
Packo is a certified aggressive alert drug detection dog trained to scratch, bite or bark at the odor of marijuana, cocaine, heroine and methamphetamine. Packo is also trained to locate and apprehend criminals, track lost or endangered persons and protect his handler.
Special thanks to Dr. Ann Sosalla and Companion Animal Care for providing Packo's veterinary services and PetSmart for donating his food.