Monday, August 1, 2011

Waunakee Police Department Newsletter August 2011

National Night Out is August 10, 2011

On Wednesday, August 10, 2011 from 5 pm to 7 pm the Waunakee Police Department will be hosting National Night Out festivities at Village Park on Main Street. National Night Out celebrates will involve over 10,000 communities from all 50 states.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are uni tied with the police in their efforts to make Waunakee a safe community to live.

There will be activities for kids, prizes, free brats and hot dogs, and numerous displays by various law enforcement agencies. Med-Flight has also been invited. Members of the community are encouraged to sign up to win one of the many prizes to be given away at Village Park during National Night Out.

Contact Person: Lt. Joseph E. Peterson, Waunakee Police Department, 608-849-4523

It's Time to Fill that Bus!

Waunakee Neighborhood Connection (WNC) is proud to be sharing in this endeavor with the Waunakee Police Department at National Night Out on August 10th at the Village Park.

We all know how stressful it can be getting ready for a new school year. Paying school fees and lunches, arranging childcare after school, buying new clothes for the ever-growing child and making sure our children have all of their school supplies. It's enough to take your breath away.

This summer, on behalf of the Waunakee schools, WNC is partnering to shoulder some of the financial burden of some Waunakee families by making sure every child in Waunakee enters school prepared with supplies.

Supplies most urgently needed are listed in order of priority below; however, all school supplies are welcome!
  • Colored pencils, 12 count
  • Washable markers, 8-10 count
  • Highlighters
  • Sharpies, black extra fine
  • Dry erase markers (i.e. Expo Markers)
  • Index cards, 3 x 5
  • Notebooks (solid colors only - red, blue, green, orange, purple)
  • Thin washable markers, 8-10 count
  • Loose leaf paper, wide lined
  • Folders, 2-pockets, no prongs (all colors-especially yellow and orange)
  • 1" binders, especially green
  • Binder dividers, sets of 5 and 8
  • Pencil box, 5 x 8
  • Pencil bag
  • Erasers
  • Graph paper
  • Post-it Notes, 3 x 3

If you are unable to attend National Night Out, you can also help to fill the bus with momentary donations, payable to WNC by check or online at Just note your donation is for school supplies.

Waunakee Emergency Services Citizen's Academy

Waunakee Police, Fire, and EMS are pleased to announce the 2011 Waunakee Emergency Services Citizen's Academy program starting September 7, 2011. Participants will meet on Wednesday evenings 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm for 9 consecutive weeks. The Citizen's Academy is a "hands on" program. The goal of the program is to give participants a better understanding of Police, Fire, and EMS duties and responsibilities. During simulations, participants will be able to assume the role of the Police Officer, Firefighter, and Emergency Medical Technician. Participants will have the opportunity to drive police cars, learn hands on defense and arrest tactics, take part in simulated deadly force scenarios, use multiple pieces of fire department equipment and learn important life saving techniques. The class is limited to 14 participants. Requirements: You must be at least 18 years of age. Preference will be given to Village of Waunakee residents. Applications due September 2, 2011. Applications are attached to this newsletter or can be obtained by contacting Office Adam Kreitzman at 608-849-4523 or email

Madison Area Robberies on the Rise

Due to the increased number of robberies in the City of Madison and our close proximity to Madison, please read the following walking safety tips offered by the Madison Police Department Crime Prevention Officer, Frank Chandler:

  • Someone should always know where you are going and when you will return.
  • Always maintain situational awareness. Wearing headphones, talking to texting on a cell phone may distract you. Keep your head up and look around.
  • Consider you options in the case of an emergency. Yelling or blowing a whistle can draw attention if you need help.
  • Know your location.
  • Wearing bright clothing makes it easier for people to find you if you should need help.
  • Wear shoes that are secure and won't restrict you if you need to run or protect yourself.
  • Keep your hands free whenever possible.
  • Walk in well lit areas when possible.
  • Walk with others, in well traveled areas.
  • Carry identification separate from your valuables. Don't carry more cash or valuables than you need for an outing.
  • Carry a cell phone for emergency, but don't advertise an expensive cell phone.
  • Consider what businesses are open near you, and where are the nearest residences.
  • Trust your senses. If something feels unsafe, avoid it.

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