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:
Waunakee is located in Northern Dane County just north of the state capital, Madison. Waunakee's approximate population is 15,426. 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 25 full time employees which includes 23 police officers and 2 office staff. We have 1 Chief, 2 Lieutenants, 4 Sergeants, 2 Detectives, 1 School Resource Officer, and 13 Patrol Officers.
Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.. However, this varies depending on time off taken by Office staff.
The office is staffed by 2 full time employees. In 2022 office staff handled over 5,000 phone calls and 2,000 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. Officers patrol over 200 streets, multiple businesses, and many parks. Officers have over 8,500 calls for service annually. 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 2020 figures provided by the Wisconsin Taxpayer’s Alliance, Waunakee Police Department’s spending on police services was $198 per capita. The average for similar sized communities in Wisconsin was $255. Waunakee's overall spending was approximately 23% lower than the average.
Adam Kreitzman, Chief
Waunakee Police Department