Budget plans call for new village squad car

Ozaukee Press Staff

Fredonia Village Marshal Mike Davel told the Village Board last week that he is planning and budgeting for adding a new squad car to be paid for next year and arrive in 2021.

Davel said his department has $30,000 set aside toward the new squad, which would cost closer to $50,000.

Davel made the statement last week while submitting his annual report to the board.

The department has two squad cars — a 2014 Ford model with 35,423 miles and a 2017 Ford with 14,645 miles. Davel said each vehicle adds about 15,000 miles per year.

Each car is equipped with a mobile data terminal that allows the officer to send and receive information directly, in effect making the vehicles mobile offices.

“We do 75% of our work from the squad,” Davel told trustees.

The department employs eight officers, including Davel. All of them are part-time and are either retired police officers or employed full-time by other departments. Davel, for instance, is a captain with the Port Washington Police Department.

Davel said hiring experienced officers instead of newer ones helps reduce turnover.

“There’s over 200 years experience on our staff,” he said.

The eight officers averaged a combined 76 hours a week in 2018, Davel said. The village contracts with the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office to provide law-enforcement protection at other times.

In his report, Davel said the department made 133 arrests, mostly for minor offenses, and issued 29 parking citations, all of them related to winter parking rules.

“We issue more warnings and equipment violations than citations,” he said.

In all, there were 1,157 complaints in the village, including all arrests, traffic accidents, warrants, assisting other agencies and civil matters, Davel said.

That number also included 16 juvenile incidents reported through the high school plus two locker searches.



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