Police

Chief’s Welcome


On behalf of the men and women of the Waunakee Police Department, welcome to our website. Here are some facts regarding the community and the department:

The Community

Waunakee is located in Northern Dane County just north of the state capital, Madison. We have a population of approximately 13,800 residents.

The village covers approximately 7 square miles. We are bordered by the Towns of Westport, Springfield, and Vienna. Less than two miles from our Southern boundary are the Cities of Madison and Middleton. Waunakee is known for its great schools, low crime rates, friendly people, great sports teams and proximity to our state capital, Madison.

The Police Department

We have 22 full time employees which includes 20 police officers and 2 office staff. We have 1 Chief, 2 Lieutenants, 4 Sergeants, 1 Detective, 1 School Resource Officer, and 11 patrol officers. 
 
Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.. However, this varies depending on time off taken by Office staff.

The office is staffed by 2 full time employees. In 2017 office staff handled over 7,800 phone calls and 2,300 walk in customers. All 911 calls go directly to the Dane County Communication Center located in Madison, Wisconsin.

We provide 24 hour a day protection for Waunakee's 2018 population of 13,800 residents. Officers patrol over 200 streets, multiple businesses, and many parks. Officers have over 20,000 contacts annually with individuals. The department provides many community policing programs including; National Night Out, Bicycle Rodeo, Citizen's Academy, Shop with a Cop, Coffee with a Cop and White Collar Crime Symposiums.

 

Spending on Police Services

According to 2015 figures provided by the Wisconsin Taxpayer’s Alliance, Waunakee Police Department’s spending on police services was $161 per capita.  The average for similar sized communities in Wisconsin was $255.  Waunakee's overall spending was 60% lower than the average.
  
  
Kevin Plendl, Chief
Waunakee Police Department
Waunakee, WI