Welcome to the Sun Prairie Police Department and thank you for your interest in our organization. While we constantly strive to achieve our vision through daily focus on our mission, we need your help. Safe streets and stable neighborhoods are the result of citizens and their police department working together. Information exchange is vital to positive and productive community partnerships. This website aims to provide helpful information about the department's structure, function and services, along with an introduction to our dedicated and talented staff. I hope you find the accompanying pages informative and interesting. Meaningful feedback is equally important to us. Please take the time to share your thoughts and concerns as we set our sights on delivering quality police services while maintaining the community's trust and seeking its support.
Chief Assistant Chief Lieutenant Lieutenant
Patrick Anhalt Scott Faust Brian Teasdale Kevin Konopacki
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The Multi-Jurisdictional Public Safety Information System (MPSIS) Commission members initiated a Communications Study to examine potential options for emergency dispatch services for Sun Prairie.
This study is available for review.
An Open Letter to Our Community about Gun Safety from Sun Prairie School Board Member and WI DNR Warden John Welke & Sun Prairie Police Chief Patrick Anhalt
Dear Members of the Sun Prairie and Surrounding Communities,
As law enforcement officers, we look at our communities through the lens of how we can ensure the safety of our citizens at all times possible -- in all ways possible. It is with this mindset that the Sun Prairie Police Department and the Sun Prairie Area School District are partnering in a joint effort to educate residents on gun safety in the home and offering free firearm cable locks to gun owners in our community. Following the tragic events in Newtown, CT, the growing number of gun-related suicides in Dane County, and the very real possibility of accidental shootings in homes where children may be playing, we want to ensure gun owners in our community have access to free safety locks. The number one cause of violent death in Dane County is suicide. We lose 50-70 people each year to suicide and many of these deaths could be prevented by the use of gun locks, which create a safer environment by giving people in crisis an opportunity to reflect and not make an impulsive decision.
The Sun Prairie Police Department has free cable locks available for pick up at the following locations:
- City Hall Police Department
- Westside Community Building Police Department
- Sun Prairie Public Library
- School District Office on Bird Street.
If you are a gun owner and do not currently have a safety lock of some sort on your firearm, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to help make your home and our community as safe as it can be. (No ID or additional information is needed for pick up. And, you may pick up multiple locks.)
We hope you will take advantage of this free firearm cable locks program. We appreciate your help in keeping Sun Prairie and our surrounding communities the safest they can be. If you have questions, please contact the Sun Prairie Police Department at 837-7336 or via the Contact Us feature on the Police Department's website. Thank you.
John Welke Patrick Anhalt
Conservation Warden, WI DNR Chief of Police, Sun Prairie Police Department
Vice President, Sun Prairie School Board
For residents of Sun Prairie, LeadsOnline provides a system for maintaining secure records of property you own. You may store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts so that your items may be more easily identified in the event of theft or loss. This record may also come in handy when reporting any loss to your insurance provider.
With just a few clicks, there’s a free and easy way to keep track of those ever-important numbers that will help re-claim your property should it get lost, destroyed, or stolen.
Citizens wanting to participate in Report It can register for the free service at https://reportit.leadsonline.com and begin building their personal property inventory list. An unlimited number of any and all types of items can be entered into Report It, along with serial numbers, product descriptions, and more. The information is housed on the Report It secure site and is compiled into a handy report that can be printed for insurance purposes or providing information to police in the event items are stolen.
Recently, Sun Prairie Police Chief Patrick Anhalt accepted a donation of 50 slow down yard signs from the Larry Anderson American Family Insurance Agency. American Family’s Larry “Smokey” Anderson and Amy Thompson presented the signs to Chief Anhalt. The signs are available from the Police Department and citizens can stop at 300 E. Main Street Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 4:30PM.
Recently, one of our department members was recognized by his peers for his leadership, dedication, and the commitment to law enforcement ethics. The Franklin M. Kreml Leadership Award is bestowed upon one student at the completion of each Northwestern Command and Staff School. The Sun Prairie Police Department is very proud to announce that Sergeant Jason Lefeber received the Kreml Leadership Award for class 346.
The award is voted upon by Jason's fellow students. They have come to learn what we all understand, that Jason is a caring committed professional that goes out of his way to help others.
Since 1995, the number of teens between the ages of 12 and 17 who have tried heroin has increased by more than 300%. And according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, more than 75% of people who try heroin once will use the drug again. In the fall of 2013, the Wisconsin Department of Justice launched a new statewide campaign called The Fly Effect to raise awareness of heroin’s destructive power. In television and radio ads, posters, stickers and more, they are showing teens how one small decision—the decision to take a hit—can quickly spiral out of control.
For more information about this campaign, please visit the website www.theflyeffect.com or contact the Wisconsin DOJ at 608-266-1221.
Today’s grand opening celebration of the newly renovated Walmart in Sun Prairie included presentations of $8,000 in grants from Walmart to local community groups. Store manager Sarah Voegli is pictured presenting Police Chief Pat Anhalt and Sergeant Jason Lefeber with a donation to the Sun Prairie Police Department’s Shop with a Cop Program. Shop with a Cop is a community based program that assists specially selected elementary school students in shopping for their families at Christmas time when they would not ordinarily be able to do so. The Sun Prairie Police Department extends our sincerest gratitude for such a generous donation to a worthwhile program.
Sun Prairie Police Department Record Requests
**Un-redacted (without black-outs) traffic accident / crash reports can also be obtained from the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation by calling (608) 266-8753. The cost is $6.00. **
DRIVER PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT (DPPA) AND OPEN RECORDS
The Sun Prairie Police Department will no longer provide un-redacted crash reports and supplements due to the fact they may contain personal identifying information of the parties. This is due to a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Senne v. Vill. of Palatine, 695 F.3d 597, (7th Cir. 2012 en banc, cert. pet. filed 11/5/2012). The Senne decision held that under the provisions of the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), personal identifying information derived from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is prohibited from disclosure to the public unless a DPPA exception applies. The exceptions can be found at 18 U.S.C. § 2721(b).
If you represent a law firm, an insurance company, governmental agency, or are a private investigative agency or licensed security service and are requesting records on behalf of a client, you are required to submit a completed DPPA Permissible Use Form. Also, if you are requesting an accident report that you were involved in, an accident report that your child was involved in, or an accident report that another person was involved in you must submit a DPPA Permissible Use Form with your records request for consideration by the Records Custodian.
These forms can be downloaded below:
HOW TO SUBMIT A REQUEST:
Request for records may be submitted by completing the printable form, which can be mailed, faxed, or brought in-person; by submitting a Records Request Form online; or by phone by calling the Sun Prairie Police Department Records Bureau (608-837-7339).
Requests will be fulfilled as soon as practicable and without delay based on the order in which they were received. Ten working days generally is a reasonable time for responding to a simple request for a limited number of easily identifiable records. For requests that are broader in scope, or that require locating, review or redaction of many documents, a reasonable time for responding may be longer.
FEES FOR RECORDS:
Prepayment may be required for requests exceeding $5.00
$.25 per page (first four pages free)
$7.50 for digital photos on a CD
$7.50 for video and / or audio on DVD / CD
Sun Prairie Police Department
Attention Records Section
300 E. Main St.
Sun Prairie, WI 53590