Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Welcome to the official website of the City of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin!

Communication is an extremely important factor in adequately serving and policing our community. Police depend on direct information from the public in order to address the crime needs of our city. Open dialogue allows citizens to be able to engage with and get to know the police officers in their community. Trust and transparency is built on honesty and communication. This philosophy not only makes a community a better place to live but also a better place to work. A positive relationship with our public can also create the bond of endearment towards our public servants. You can learn more about the types of activities and events below.

Coffee with a Cop

We schedule these periodically to invite the community to come together to discuss community issues, build relationships and share a coffee together.

Lemonade Stand Stops

We make an effort to stay hydrated and we've been known to make frequent lemonade stand stops.

National Night Out

An annual event that encourages all citizens to come out, meet their neighbors and stand up to crime by being proactive in their neighborhoods.

Police Department Tours

Officers take visitors through a guided tour of the Beaver Dam Police Department and show it how operates on a daily basis.

Auxiliary Police Officers

Auxiliary Police augment the police department's ability to provide safety coverage at public events. They do not have powers of arrest, however they are used for civic functions such as dances, parades, and athletic events. The Auxiliary Officers are in contact with dispatch via radio and if a problem arises, they can summon help immediately. Each Auxiliary Officer is CPR certified and Automatic Defibrillator trained. This group meets the first Thursday of each month at the City Municipal Building.  The department has five Auxiliary Police Officers. 
Lieutenant Dennis Wichinski
Officer Stephen Brandt
Officer Paul Hines
Officer Gary Harris
Officer John Ley

Citizen's Police Academy

The Beaver Dam Police Department will hold its 20th annual Citizen Police Academy. Lieutenant Jeremiah Johnson is the contact for the program with telephone number 920-887-4613 x507 or by e-mail at  This program is free of charge. Twelve people from our community are selected to participate in the program.  A background check is conducted on all applicants.  Applicants must be 18 years of age to apply and must either reside or work in the City of Beaver Dam. 
The program will meet on Thursday evenings 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. starting March 7, 2024, and ending June 6, 2024, with one Saturday class. If accepted to attend the program, you will be expected to attend all classes scheduled and will only be excused from class with the approval from Lieutenant Jeremiah Johnson or the Police Chief.  During the program you will also be required to participate in an eight hour ride-a-long with a Beaver Dam Police Officer.   

The Department's continuing goal is to assist citizens in the understanding of all the aspects of being a Police Officer. Some of the topics offered are:  School Liaison Officer procedures, drug investigation, professional communication, defense tactics, operating while intoxicated procedures, criminal investigation, accident investigation, firearms, fire/EMT training, traffic procedures, and tours of the Dodge County Circuit Court and Dodge County Jail.  All instructors for this program are members of the Beaver Dam Police Department.  This academy is not designed to certify citizens to perform law enforcement services.