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The Brown Deer Police Department will use this blog to provide residents with current crime information and trends, crime prevention tips, as well as pertinent news, legal updates, and notes as it relates to your community and Police Department. E-mail the department | Police Department's Web Site

Citizens Academy - Applications being accepted

The Brown Deer Police Department will be offering its Citizens Police Academy for area residents.  The Academy will begin on Wednesday, February 4, 2009.  The nine week course, which meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., provides insights into police operations and includes a variety of presentations from members of the department.  Applications are available at the Department, 4800 West Green Brook Drive.  Stop by today and pick yours up, we look forward to seeing you there!

Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

The Brown Deer Police Department is proud to announce that it is scheduled for an on-site assessment to achieve accreditation through the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG).  The on-site assessment is scheduled for the week of December 15, 2008.


The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.  The program consists of 234 standards that incorporate the best police practices; agencies are evaluated every three years.  The Brown Deer Police Department is applying for our initial accreditation status. 

 Once the Board’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full WILEAG Board, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accreditation status.  Accreditation is for three years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.   

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Make Sure Your Address Is Visible From the Roadway

Please take a few moments to make sure your home or business address is clearly visible from the roadway. Put yourself in the place of emergency response personnel; safely step out onto the curb in front of your home or business. Is your address marker clearly visible? If not, it may affect the time it takes for emergency personnel to locate your home or business in the event of an emergency. Time is a critical factor when responding to an emergency situation. The more clearly we are able to identify your home or business address, the more quickly our crews will be able to arrive at your location and administer life-saving procedures.  So please, take a few minutes to make sure that your home or business address is displayed clearly. If your home or business is located a distance away from the roadway, please ensure that your address is clearly identifiable on your mailbox. In the event of an emergency; turn on the light adjacent to the entryway to your home or office to further illuminate your address marker.

Tips for Safe Christmas Shopping

The Brown Deer Police Department encourages citizens to be alert and cautious while shopping, especially during the holiday seasons. Don’t become a crime victim this Christmas season. Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind:

Avoid shopping alone - if you do shop alone, let someone know you’re expected  location and time of return. Immediately report suspicious persons and activities to police. Carry a well charged cell phone. Shop during the daytime when possible. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm and keep it  towards the front of you. Don’t place your purse in a shopping cart. Keep a wallet in an inside jacket pocket or in a front pocket. Check your purses/wallet before leaving each store to prevent leaving items behind. Limit the amount of cash you carry. Carry only the credit cards you’re going to use that day & make sure you have the account numbers and creditor contact numbers recorded at home in case you have to cancel a lost or stolen card. Park in well-lit areas when shopping at night and ask security to escort you to your vehicle.

Shop with friends or family members in numbers.

Keep your vehicle locked at all times and set your alarm. Lock purchases and valuable items in your trunk, never leave items in your vehicle that are visible to the public.  Stay aware of your surroundings while transferring packages from a cart to your vehicle. Keep your hands free and avoid carrying an excessive number of packages. Have your vehicle key in hand and ready when walking to your car. Look at people around you.When leaving a store or before exiting your car onto the parking lot, scan the area and if anything, or any person, looks suspicious, wait and/or call the police. Visually check the back seat of your vehicle before opening the door and getting in.Teach your children to go to a store clerk or security guard and ask for help if they become separated in a store or shopping mall. The holiday season is a busy time for all, so please take a little time to plan your outings.

The Three P’s of Safe Winter Driving:

PREPARE for the trip;

PROTECT yourself; andPREVENT crashes on the road. PREPAREMaintain Your Car: Check battery and tire tread, keep your windows clear, put no- freeze fluid in the washer reservoir, check your antifreeze.Have On Hand: flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive material (sand, kitty litter, even floor mats), shovel, snow brush and ice scraper, warning devices (like flares) and blankets. Forlong trips, add food and water, medication and cell phone.Stopped or Stalled? Stay with your car, don’t over exert, put bright markers on antenna or windows and shine dome light, and, if you run your car, clear exhaust pipe and run it just enough to stay warm.Plan Your Route: Allow plenty of time (check the weather and leave early if necessary), be familiar with the maps/directions, and let others know your route and arrival time.Practice Cold Weather Driving:
  • During daylight, rehearse maneuvers slowly on the ice or snow in an empty lot
  • Steer into a skid
  • Know what your brakes will do, stomp on anti-lock brakes.
  • Stopping distances are longer on water-covered and normal ice.
  • Don’t idle for a long time with the windows up or in an enclosed space.
 PROTECT YOURSELF• Buckle up and use child safety seats properly.• Never place a rear-facing infant seat in front of an air bag.• Children 12 and under are much safer in the back seat.• Sit back 10 inches from an air bag. PREVENT CRASHES• Drugs and alcohol never mix with driving• Slow down and increase distances between cars.• Keep your eyes open for pedestrians walking in the road.• Avoid fatigue – Get plenty of rest before the trip, stop at least every 3 hours and rotate drivers if possible.

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