Frequently Asked Questions- Police Department
Alarms | Animal Control | Animal License | Bike License | Block Parties | Citizen Complaints | Community Living | Crime Prevention | Crime Victim Information | Curfew | Employee Commendations| Fingerprints | Fireworks | Found Property | Motor Vehicle Accidents | Parking | Parking Permits | Parking Tickets | Patch Request | Recreational Fires | Reports- Accident/Incident/Background Check | Ride-Alongs | Sidewalk Fund Raising | Skateboards | Winter Parking | WI DOT Renewals
Animal Control: You must have your dog under voice command or on a leash. If your animal is at large it will be impounded by the Walworth County Human Society. There is a $30.00 fee that must be paid to the City Treasurer before your animal is released. Animals which habitually bark or cry are prohibited. Please review Municipal Ordinance Chapter 9.08 Animal Controls for further information regarding your responsibilities as a pet owner. Citations can be issued for noncompliance of these ordinances.
Animal License: Dog licenses are required and valid for one calendar year. Dogs must wear licenses and rabies tags. A current rabies certificate is required to purchase an animal license. Although cats are not required to be licensed, they must have a current rabies tag. Licenses are available for purchase at the Finance Department of the Municipal Building.
Citizens Complaints: The Department promptly investigates allegations of misconduct or wrongdoing by department members and to take appropriate action as to discipline, policy change, or exoneration. A Complaint means that someone is dissatisfied with our performance. If we are doing something wrong, the complaint will help the department recognize and correct deficiencies in our service to the community. It is the intent of the Police Department to provide its residents with only the highest quality law enforcement service. Online Citizen Complaint Form
Community Living: Information on excessive noise, alcohol violations, garbage, vehicles and parking. Please refer to the links on the right for a concise guide to moving into a residential neighborhood. Community Living and Tips on Partying Smart, Safe and Sober
Crime Victim Information: Being the victim of a crime is a very disturbing experience. The victim information guide has been designed to describe some of the rights crime victims have in Wisconsin. It may help you in obtaining present and future services.
Curfew: Please Refer to Municipal Code Chapter 7.62 Minors--Curfew & Loitering
Fingerprinting: Private fingerprinting is available through your local Sheriff's Department or UW-Whitewater Police Department.
Fireworks: Sale, use and possession of fireworks is prohibited without a permit. Please refer to the Municipal Code Chapter 5.08 Fireworks for more information.
Found Property: To view found property come to the Whitewater Police Department located at 312 W.Whitewater St. Monday - Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Be prepared to present either written documentation or give a verbal confirmation of ownership.
Motor Vehicle Accidents: If involved in a traffic accident in the City, contact the Whitewater Police Department and an officer will be assigned to respond to the accident and determine the level of investigation necessary.
Parking: Parking is prohibited on most Whitewater streets between the hours of 2 a.m. - 5 a.m. Winter parking restrictions begin on November 1st and end on March 31st (parking prohibited on all city streets from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.). On-street parking is prohibited when snowplowing or snow removal operations are in progress. Parking is also restricted within 4 feet of a driveway and 10 feet from a fire hydrant. There is also no parking within 15 feet of the near limits of a cross walk and anywhere else where restricted by signage. Other than on a paved parking lot or driveway, parking is prohibited on front and side lawns. Uncovered storage of unlicensed, junk, and/or unregistered vehicles is prohibited in all residential neighborhoods.
Parking Permits: Parking permits for residents are required for all residential city lots due to limited parking spaces. Residents are entitled to purchase one Resident Parking Permit. Residents occupying living quarters adjacent to lots signed for permit parking may purchase Resident Parking Permits. Residents must provide satisfactory proof of residency, such as a current lease.
Resident Parking Permit Brochure || Downtown Employee Parking Brochure
Parking Tickets: Parking tickets may be contested by contacting the Whitewater Police Department within seven (7) days of issuance for a Municipal Court appearance. If a court appearance is not requested the ticket must be paid within seven (7) days. Payments can be made by putting the payment and ticket number in an envelope and placing it in the payment drop boxes in the vestibules of the Whitewater Municipal Building, via the U.S. Postal Service (DO NOT SEND CASH), by calling 262-473-0555 with credit card information or electronically by clicking on the PSN logo below
Click on the PSN logo to make your Parking Ticket payments electronically. If you experience technical difficulties please contact PSN support at 1-877-885-7968.
PSN now has a mobile app for android and i-phone. Visit the Google play store or i-tunes to download the free mobile app. Search for "PSN Payments".
Parking Ticket Fee Schedule:
Parking Violations 1 – 11:
- Paid within seven (7) days forfeiture amount will be $20.00
- Paid after seven (7) days forfeiture amount will be $30.00
- Paid after 30 days forfeiture amount will be $40.00
Parking Violation 12:
- Paid within seven (7) days forfeiture amount will be $80.00
- Paid after seven (7) days forfeiture amount will be $120.00
- Paid after 30 days forfeiture amount will be $160.00
Failure to pay after 60 days will result in an increase to $45.00 or $165.00 and the suspension of your vehicle registration, along with your name being added to the Wisconsin Tax Refund Intercept Program.
Patch Requests: As a result of security issues and budgetary concerns, the Whitewater Police Department maintains the following policy regarding requests for official Whitewater Police Department uniform patches:
1) We will not honor any patch request from outside the continental United States.
2) Any request from with in the continental United States must originate from another law enforcement agency and must be submitted on agency letterhead. Our patch can be displayed for agency use only, not for individual patch collections.
Recreational Fires: No permit is required however, there are regulations for these fires (View Municipal Code Chapter 8.32 Open Burning).
Accident Reports/ Incidents Reports/ Background Checks: The person requesting a police accident report, incident report or background check must fill out a request form. It may take up to 10 business days for the copies of reports to became available. A fee may be charged for a faxed copy or copy of an accident report, incident report or record check. Reports can be emailed at no cost. Please call (262) 473-0555 and ask for the records department.
Records Department Hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
Police Inner Lobby Hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
*If Police Inner Lobby is closed, please proceed to dispatch window for service*
Click here for the Record Request Form - Please review all pages of the request form.
Ride-Alongs: Citizens having a legitimate interest in observing police patrol operations may request to ride-along with an officer of the Whitewater Police Department. Citizens may make such requests by calling the Police Department at 262-473-0555.
Sidewalk Fund Raising: Please refer to Municipla Code 5.28.035 Outdoor Food Sales
Skateboards: Please refer to Municipal Code 11.48.115 Skate Boards and Skating
Winter Parking: 11.16.020 No winter time parking between the hours of two a.m. and six a.m.
(a) It is unlawful for the operator or owner of any vehicle to park the vehicle on any street in the city between the hours of two a.m. and six a.m. on any day from November 1st of each year to March 31st of each year, except as hereinafter provided:
(1) Physicians and surgeons shall be permitted to park vehicles at any time when the physician is on emergency call.
(2) Parking shall be permitted in the metered downtown parking area after five a.m. of such period; and
(3) By special advance arrangement with the Whitewater Police Department.
(b) Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be subject to the penalties and provisions set forth at Sections 11.56.010(4) and 11.56.010(5) of this title. (Ord. 1362 §1(part),