Community Programs

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We offer a number of community programs through our Community Support Division, including crime prevention and education.


Business Watch

This program is designed to assist the business community with current information regarding crime in their area, and how to make their establishment safe for their employees and customers. Businesses become familiar with their surrounding businesses and neighborhoods, which assists them in reporting suspicious activity.

A quarterly publication of the Community Support Division, the Business Alert Newsletter, provides area businesses with current information about crime trends in the area and shares information on crime prevention and safety in the workplace.

Crime Prevention & Safety Programs

Programs are available for groups of all ages, ranging from pre-school children to senior citizen groups. Topics may include:

  • Stranger awareness
  • Medicine safety
  • Personal and property protection
  • Scam/fraud prevention

Fraud Presentations

We offer instruction for merchants and their employees in methods for detecting stolen or altered:

  • Checks
  • Credit cards
  • U.S. currency

Officers provide information about:

  • Prevention
  • Detection
  • Prosecution
  • Restitution

Kid Care Identification

Officers fingerprint children and assist parents in recording emergency information about their children in a special Identification Passbook.

Operation Identification

Operation Identification is a program where you record the serial numbers and other vital information of valuables in their home. We furnish engravers to residents to etch a driver's license number on valuables. Stickers are also provided to place on your windows warning thieves that the valuables on the property have been properly recorded and engraved with identification numbers.

Residential and Business Security Surveys

The Community Support Division provides free residential and business security surveys. Together with the resident or business owner, the officer will conduct an on-site inspection (approximately 1 hour).

  • Security strengths and weaknesses will be examined based on the officer's knowledge, training, and current crime trends.
  • Recommendations will be made if any deficiencies are discovered.
  • A detailed report is given to the resident or business owner.

Retail Theft Presentations

Presentations are provided to merchants and their employees. These presentations deal with:

  • Legal aspects of detaining subjects apprehended for retail theft.
  • Rights of the merchant.
  • Techniques to help merchants/employees deter retail theft.

Robbery / Witness Identification

These programs focus on employees of businesses and financial institutions. Employees are trained to recognize, memorize, and describe suspects in order to provide police with specific information, which will aide in the identification and apprehension of wanted suspects. Employees are trained what to do prior to, during, and after a robbery.

Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers is a community effort involving the public, news media, and police working together to reduce crime in the neighborhood. The 24-hour tip line allows anonymous citizens to receive cash rewards of up to $1,000.00 for tips that lead to arrest. The Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers Tip Line is (414) 771-8672. Or text-a-tip to "crimes" using keyword "tosa."


For more information, please contact the Community Support Division at (414) 471-8430 ext. 5111 | Email