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. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Waunakee's July 1, 2017 population was 13,755.
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 23 full time employees which includes 21 police officers and 2 office staff. We have 1 Chief, 2 Lieutenants, 4 Sergeants, 1 Detective, 1 School Resource Officer, and 12 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 2018 office staff handled over 8,000 phone calls and 2,500 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 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.
2018 Annual Report
Spending on Police Services According to 2016 figures provided by the Wisconsin Taxpayer’s Alliance, Waunakee Police Department’s spending on police services was $172 per capita. The average for similar sized communities in Wisconsin was $261. Waunakee's overall spending was 52% lower than the average.
Kevin Plendl, Chief
Waunakee Police Department