Wauwatosa Police Department

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Public Information and FAQs

From the Chief:

Members of the Wauwatosa Police Department, like other law enforcement agencies across the country, were appalled by the recent actions of some officers in Minnesota. We believe that all people are equal under the law, and deserve respect. Wauwatosa Police Officers are not trained in the use of carotid artery pressure restraints, such as choke holds, and their use is not condoned. The Wauwatosa Police Department has a proud, 104 year history of providing professional police services to the citizens of Wauwatosa. While we believe that our officers are some of the most professional and best prepared, we, too, are taking this opportunity to pause and reflect on our duties. I have requested that our current policies and procedures be reviewed and revised to ensure that they continue to reflect what is best for all members of our community. 

Barry M. Weber

Chief of Police

Frequently Asked Questions:

In order to better serve our community, and get them timely and relevant information, we have compiled the following list of the most frequently asked questions we have received recently. We invite you to review them and contact us if you have further questions. 

Why aren’t the police enforcing the traffic laws as numerous vehicles drive recklessly through the city?
Are Wauwatosa Police officers trained in conflict resolution skills and communications?
Does the Wauwatosa Police Department make targeted arrests based on race?
What type of standards for hiring do the police use?
Why don’t police officers just shoot someone in the leg or arm rather than other parts of the body?
Does the Wauwatosa Police Department use body-worn cameras?
What is the Department doing to communicate in a timelier manner with citizens about events that happen?
What is the purpose of the Police & Fire Commission?
What is the procedure to remove a police officer?
Do police officers undergo psychological testing and counseling?
Why does it take so long for the District Attorney to determine the legality of an officer involved shooting?
Why doesn’t the Mayor or Common Council terminate an officer or police chief?
What is the internal process used when an officer is involved in a shooting?
Do Wauwatosa Police Officers receive regular training in use of force situations?

Links to Relevant Documents

To help our stakeholders be better informed when discussing Wauwatosa Police Department policies and procedures, we are providing the following unredacted documents for public review. We intend to add more documents as we move forward.