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Chief Presents at Rotary…

On November 17th, Chief Matuszewski was invited to present at the Lake Mills Rotary meeting.  Some of the topics discussed consisted of:  the state of the police department, crime issues and concerns in the City, what police are doing to address crime, and the importance of a solid police/community partnership.  Reference the hyperlink below to view the presentation.



 Veteran’s Day 2015…

 LMPD sincerely thanks all those who serve and have served, so we can be free!


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Police officers from Watertown, Fort Atkinson, Whitewater, Waterloo, Lake Mills, Jefferson, and Deputies from Jefferson County participated in a Crisis Intervention Training Course. This was a 5 day course that offered training in psychiatric disorders, substance abuse issues, de-escalation techniques/scenarios, and legal issues related to mental health. This course was hosted by National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI-WI).

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Officers Train to Preserve Their Lives, Families and Careers…

 On October 16th over 80 officers attended “Personal & Professional Break-through” training at the Real Hope Community Church in the City of  Lake Mills.  This 8-hour course, was taught by nationally renowned Chief Kent Williams of the Bartlett, IL Police Department and founder of Breach Point Consulting, whose focus is to “ensure that police officers from all ranks and responsibilities, along with their family members remain strong physically, emotionally and spiritually.”  The cost of the training was paid collaboratively by the Jefferson County Chief’s & Sheriff’s Association and the Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Association.  The Real Hope Community Church offered their facility free of charge and the Wisconsin Traffic Safety Officer’s Association and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office also donated additional funds to help offset the cost of the training, which was provided free-of-charge to police officers of Jefferson and Dodge Counties and their significant others. 

 “Due to an 82% divorce rate and a growing number of officer suicides, coupled with increasing officer stress as a result of ongoing societal distain currently being expressed toward law enforcement, both Jefferson and Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Associations felt this training would be instrumental in providing our officers and their families with some valuable insight and resources, to help more effectively deal with these challenges, in an attempt to preserve more officer’s lives, families and careers.”   Chief Pat Matuszewski

 Chief Patrick Matuszewski

City of Lake Mills Police Department



LMHS Put on Safety Hold After Threats Made Against Students

  • Posted on Oct 16, 2015
  • by Matt Gardner
  • Dohman is not a student of Lake Mills High School. He reportedly had attended Cambridge High School; however, school records indicate that he did not graduate.Early Thursday afternoon, he reportedly made threats to kill multiple students during a texting conversation with his former girlfriend. Upon receiving the threats, the girl reported the incident to the principal’s office staff, who then called authorities. Lake Mills Police Chief Patrick Matuszewski said officers responded to the high school at 1:55 p.m.“This was not just a simple ‘I’m going to do X’; it was a complicated string of messages that the police read through and determined they needed to bring him into custody,” Lake Mills High School Principal Pam Streich said.          No court date has been set.Streich acknowledged being aware of Dohman, although she had never met him in person.“It goes to show we take every comment very seriously,” she said. “Safety of our students and staff comes first and we were going to take action.”
  • Dohman was taken into custody at approximately 2:45 p.m. in Cambridge and booked into the Jefferson County Jail on a disorderly conduct charge. He then was released.
  • “I think they did an amazing job; the Lake Mills Police Department was here within minutes and they were in communication with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office,” Streich said.
  • Streich emphasized that going into the safety hold was a precaution and the situation was resolved very quickly, thanks to the work of the Lake Mills Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Sanders said police were right there and handled the situation very well. School staff members also did exactly what they should do when asked to go into hold, she noted.
  • “We have these practice drills in place and we work on them all the time with the police and within the building,” he said. “They were both enacted yesterday and, I’ll be honest, they both worked very well, I think, because they were practiced and because we have good personnel in both places.”
  • Lake Mills Area School District Administrator Dean Sanders agreed.
  • “Everyone did a great job returning to their classrooms and staying out of the hallways during this safety hold,” the principal said.
  • On Thursday, as a precaution, Lake Mills Police officers prevented anyone from entering or leaving the campus until the individual was found.
  • Under a safety hold, classes resume as normal; however, students must remain in their rooms until the hold is cleared. It is different than a lockdown when there is a greater chance of imminent danger or there is a specific location where teachers and students are supposed to gather.
  • Notice of a safety hold went out over the announcement system within the school.
  • Upon reading the messages, Streich said, administrators decided to impose a safety hold until the individual was found and taken into custody.
  • Collin Z. Dohman was taken into custody and was expected to face a charge of disorderly conduct after reportedly making threats to kill several students involved in texting inappropriate messages about his ex-girlfriend.
  • An 18-year-old Cambridge man was arrested Thursday for allegedly threatening to kill several Lake Mills High School students.



Trick or Treat…

Halloween is an exciting time of year for many young people, but it also holds its share of hidden dangers.  Per AAA, fatal injuries from motor vehicle crashes rise nearly 50% when Halloween falls on a Saturday. Since a big part of keeping our trick or treaters  safe, relies on seeing and being seen…the City of Lake Mills Police Department will be handing-out “Supreme Glow” bracelets in the Brookstone area from 6-8:00 pm this Saturday evening.


2015 Top Gun Shoot-out…

LMPD had it’s annual “Top Gun” shoot-out competition last Thursday Oct 15th. Though the competition was tough and the scores were close, Officer Dave Fritsche unseated the 2014 champion, Officer Doug Messmann and took home the 2015 Top Gun title and trophy!


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On 10-15-15 at 1:55 PM, the City of Lake Mills Police responded to the Lake Mills public high school regarding threats made to kill several students involved in texting inappropriate messages about the suspect’s ex-girlfriend. Upon receiving threats, the suspect’s ex-girlfriend reported the incident to the Principal’s Office, who in turn notified the police.

Lake Mills Police arrived on scene, the school was placed on lock-down, and the area was secured. The suspect was identified as 18 year-old Collin Z. Dohman of Cambridge. Lake Mills Police worked with the Jefferson and Dane County Sheriff’s Departments, who located Dohman in Cambridge and took him into custody at approximately 2:45 p.m. Dohman was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on the charge of Disorderly Conduct.

Chief Patrick Matuszewski

City of Lake Mills Police Department


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Coffee with a Cop…

On the morning of Thursday October 8th the Lake Mills Police Department had its 2nd “Coffee with a Cop” meeting at the Waterhouse Café.  The gathering, which was well attended, gives citizens an opportunity to meet with our police officers over a cup of coffee and provides the opportunity to discuss law enforcement related issues and concerns occurring within our community.  Some of the topics addressed at the meeting consisted of:  the status of recent car break-ins, the canvassing of solicitors without permits, bicycle safety issues and crosswalk safety concerns.  LMPD’s newest officer Jared Fish was also introduced, along with sharing the recent Safewise study results, which list Lake Mills as the 4th safest city in the State of Wisconsin. 

 “I truly look forward to these opportunities for our officers and me to bond with our citizens over a cup of coffee.  These gatherings provide us with an excellent means to readily share policing concerns and crime related information with our citizens, to help strengthen our police/community team and make us significantly more effective in solving and deterring crime within the City of Lake Mills.”   Chief Pat Matuszewski

 Check the link below!



Coffee with a Cop is this Thursday, October 8th from 8am to 10am at Water House Foods. Hope to see you there!




As many of you may have already heard, there have been numerous vehicles gone through in the Arbor Creek and Brookstone subdivisions with items stolen from some of the vehicles. The Lake Mills Police Department is urging citizens to remove valuables from your vehicle at night and to lock the doors. If you notice ANYTHING suspicious, no matter what time of day or night, please call the police or 9-1-1 immediately.




Pre-Paid Debit Card Scam – Falsely Representing Utility Companies; Statewide:

We have been made aware of a new phone scam that has been going around involving subjects targeting businesses and individuals by claiming to be from a utility company. Most commonly reported, a victim will receive a phone call from someone representing to be with WE Energies. The scammer will say they have been trying to get in touch with the victim for several weeks regarding unpaid bills, and that if these bills are not paid by a specific time later that day their utilities will be disconnected. The caller then instructs the victim to purchase a pre-paid debit card and call them back to provide the debit card numbers.

One of the scammers has made an audio recording of the WE Energy customer service greeting. Potential victims are told to call a particular phone number for verification that the caller is in fact from WE Energies. When the potential victim calls the number, they hear the recording prior to speaking with the scammer for verification. This causes the victim to believe they are really speaking to the company and follow through with the scammer’s request.

The scammers appear to be making calls from locations outside of the U.S. and are reported to often be speaking in a foreign accent. They are able to develop a fair amount of information about individuals and businesses from open sources.

Businesses and individuals should report this activity to the utility which was impersonated, as well as their local law enforcement agency.



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Thank You Citizens…

 This morning I stopped at the “Waterhouse” for a cup of coffee and was approached by six citizens, who shook my hand and thanked our police officers for the job they do. I can’t express enough how much this means to me and the Lake Mill’s officers and dispatchers, especially considering the level of distrust and distain currently being expressed toward law enforcement across the nation.  It’s moments like this that remind every law enforcement officer and dispatcher how important their job is, and it humbles me to have the privilege to work for the awesome citizens that make-up our Lake Mills community.   On behalf of the Lake Mills Police Department, I thank each of you for your continued support and for helping us keep our City safe.

 Chief Pat Matuszewski



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National Night Out…

 Last night was the 2015 National Night Out (NNO) event in the City of Lake Mills.  NNO is a family event that provides a great opportunity for citizens to come-down and meet their local police officers, fire fighters and EMTs, as well as see some of the special vehicles and equipment we use to help keep our community safe.   In addition to the police, fire and EMS participants, this year we had a visit from “Bucky Badger”, two Badger football players, the UW Hospital Med-flight helicopter, the Army National Guard with their climbing / repelling tower and “Dottie the Dot” from the Dept. of Motor vehicles.  There was also free bicycle helmets courtesy of American Family Insurance, music, balloons, games, supervised archery and face painting for the kids, as well as health stations from the Watertown, Fort Atkinson and UW Hospitals, a “Service Dog” display, a Police Department drawing and much, much more!!!   Also, check out the awesome video made by Dave Grooman, Lake Mills local access TV (see link below)


Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over


Date: August 3, 2015

For more information contact: Sergeant Alan Witte (920-648-2354)

Lake Mills Police Department to crack down on drunken motorists

during the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign

To combat drunken driving, Lake Mills Police Department will join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin participating in the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” national campaign from Aug. 21 to Sept. 7.

Although drunken driving is 100 percent preventable, on average someone is killed or injured in an alcohol-related crash in Wisconsin every three hours. Our officers will be out in force to arrest drunken drivers before they kill or injure themselves or an innocent victim.

Rather than risk a drunken driving arrest or crash, the Lake Mills Police Department urges you to follow these common sense suggestions:


  • Choose a sober designated driver before you start drinking.
  • If you’re feeling buzzed, you likely are over the 0.08 BAC limit and should not drive.
  • Take mass transit, a taxicab or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • The Zero In Wisconsin traffic safety program has a free “Drive Sober” mobile app that can be downloaded by visiting
  • Some taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons with a safe ride home. Visit and click on Safe Ride.
  • Report impaired drivers to law enforcement by calling 911.



Another great way to participate in this year’s Night out Against Crime, August 4, 2015 6:00 pm-8:30 pm  Lake Mills High School (upper parking lot)




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New Police Officer…

The City of Lake Mills Police Department would like to welcome its newest full-time Police Officer, Jared Fish.  Officer Fish was sworn-in first thing this morning by City Clerk Misty Quest, then jumped right into his officer orientation.  He was selected from a pool of 85 candidates, has a BA in Criminal Justice from Thomas Edison State College NJ where he graduated with a 3.94 GPA, he is a certified EMT and recently graduated from the Madison College Police Recruit Academy.  He begins the department’s 12-week Officer Field Training program today and is expected to hit the street on solo patrol around Oct 1st

 “Due to the potential liability and impact police personnel could have on a department and its community, the Lake Mills PD takes hiring very seriously.  In addition to looking at qualifications, abilities, maturity and experience…we put a major emphasis on whether or not we feel the candidate will be a good fit for the department and our community.  I’m happy to say Officer Fish meets this criteria and I’m very confident he’s going to be a great police officer for the Lake Mills community.”   Chief Pat Matuszewski   

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Dunk the Police Chief…

Lake Mills Town & Country Days…Chief Matuszewski sat in the “dunk tank” on Thursday night, to help raise money for Lake Mills Boy Scout Troop 148.


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“Lunch with a Hero”…

This Tuesday Chief Matuszewski was the “Lunch with a Hero” guest for the Lake Mills Library’s summer reading program.  As the children ate lunch in Commons Park, Chief Matuszewski spoke with them about summer-time safety.  The children also received a tour and had the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat of one of the department’s new SUV police squads.  A fun time was had by all!!


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Thank You!

Mr. Bill Beckman recently delivered this card to the Lake Mills Police Department, to show his support for our police officers.  Most officers come to understand that police work is a thankless job…which makes receiving messages such as this, even more special.   Thank you for your support Mr. Beckman!


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2015 Jefferson County Chief’s & Sheriff Association Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony…

The annual Jefferson County Chief’s & Sheriff Association L.E. Memorial Ceremony took place this Thursday morning on the lawn of the Jefferson County Courthouse.  The Jefferson County Area Agency Honor Guard (including Lake Mills PD Officer Dave Fritsche) along with the Greater Milwaukee Fire & Police Pipes & Drums, performed for the event.  Lake Mills PD Chief Pat Matuszewski was the Master of Ceremonies and read the Invocation. The National Anthem was sung by Brenda Nitardy.  The guest speakers for the ceremony were Lieutenant Charles Berard of the Milwaukee Police Department and Senator Steve Nass of the 11th District

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Due to a new disposal requirement for expired and no longer needed prescription medications…the Lake Mills Police Department is requesting that all pill form medications be emptied-out of their original prescription bottles and into a plastic “Zip-lock” baggie.  The pills can be mixed together into one baggie and must be sealed before placing them in the prescription Drop Box at the PD.  Blister packs and liquid medication can remain in their original containers.  Reminder:  we cannot take any inhalers and/or syringes…however, the sharps can be disposed of at most medical facilities.



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2015 Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony…

On May 8th, members of the City of Lake Mills Police Department responded to Madison to participate in the annual State Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at the Capitol.  The keynote speaker was retired Polk County Sheriff Craig Benware.  Attorney General Brad Schimel  and Governor Scott Walker also spoke at the ceremony, which paid special homage to Wisconsin’s recently fallen Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Seversen and State Trooper Trevor Casper.

Chief Patrick Matuszewski

City of Lake Mills Police Department


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It’s been a busy week here at the police department!  On Tuesday evening we hosted the annual 5th grade DARE graduation ceremony at the Lake Mills High school auditorium.  Over 125 students successfully completed the DARE Program after 10 weeks of lessons which included tips on avoiding drugs, alcohol and tobacco as well as making good decisions, avoiding and reporting bullying, and identifying a help network.  Students were treated to a magic show by world famous animated illusionist Ardan James, which was followed by cake and punch and the ever popular shirt signing in the cafeteria.  We would like to thank the teachers, staff and administration of the Lake Mills School District for giving us the opportunity to pass along this important information.  We would also like to thank Sentry foods for Donating the Cake for the program


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On Saturday, April 18th Chief Matuszewski presented the City of Lake Mills Recognition of Achievement Award to brothers Miguel and Samuel Quintana, for earning their Eagle Scout rank. These two set a great example for other young adults to follow…congratulations and God speed Sam and Miguel!!


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On three separate occasions over the past 1 ½ years, three individual greens have been vandalized on the Lake Mill’s Golf Course, costing thousands of dollars to repair. The golf course owners are offering a $1000.00 Reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible subject(s). Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the City of Lake Mills Police Department at (920) 648-2354.


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Despite law enforcement efforts, the subject responsible for tagging public and private property throughout the City, with the phrase “Aliens Exist”, remains at-large. In an effort to limit further property damage, the Lake Mills Chamber of Commerce has INCREASED THE REWARD to $250.00 for any information leading to the identification and arrest of the party responsible for these crimes.  Anyone with any information please contact the Lake Mills Police Department at 920-648-2354


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Don’t be a Victim…

While patrolling the City during the overnight hours, officers have noticed residences with their garage doors left open, presumably inadvertently.  Before you turn in for the evening, please make sure that your garage door, as well as any other doors to your residence are secure.  Open doors tend to invite thieves and we don’t want to see anyone become a victim!  Thank you.






Despite law enforcement efforts, the subject responsible for tagging public and private property throughout the City, with the phrase “Aliens Exist”, remains at-large.  In an effort to limit further property damage, the Lake Mills Chamber of Commerce is offering a $150.00 reward for any information leading to the identification and arrest of the party responsible for these crimes.  Photos of the suspect are posted on the City of Lake Mills Police Department’s Facebook page and website.  Anyone with any information regarding this matter is asked to call the Lake Mills Police Department at (920) 648-2354.


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Police Need Your Help…

The City of Lake Mills PD is asking for your help to identify a person of interest regarding incidents of graffiti occurring around the City.  The graffiti consists of the statement “Aliens Exist” written in black marker on ATM machines and other property throughout the City.  The most recent incident involved occurred at the Bank of Lake Mills on Monday, February 9th @ 2:33pm. Surveillance video obtained by police contained a person of interest (photos attached), who appears to be an adult Hispanic male, wearing a black coat, scarf and red gloves.  This person was driving a silver SUV or Van, with a luggage rack on the rear.  The same graffiti was found on a stop sign on Birch St @ Grant St, a mail box in the 300 block of O’Neil St. and on the Kwik Trip ATM.  Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact the City of Lake Mills Police Department at 920-648-2354.

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On Tuesday and Wednesday the City of Lake Mills Police Department welcomed the 4k students from the Lake Mills School District for a tour.  Students were shown how Police Officers use their tools to find clues in order to solve crimes and keep people safe.  We would like to thank the 4k teachers and parents for giving us the opportunity to spend some time with their kids!


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Kindergartner’s Christmas Visit…

On Monday afternoon, the Lake Mills Elementary School Kindergartners paid a Christmas visit to the Police Department under a special invite to help decorate the PD’s tree for the holidays.  During their visit, the young students were given a tour by Officer Doug Messmann and were read the “Cop’s Night Before Christmas” story by Chief Matuszewski.  In return, each Kindergartner brought an ornament he/she made at school and decorated our tree beautifully.  “Everyone at the police department truly looks forward to our visits with our young citizens…they always seem to warm our hearts and put a smiles on our faces, which is a big part of what the holiday season is all about.”  Chief Pat Matuszewski



The Lake Mills Police Department hopes that the upcoming holiday season will be a time of great joy for everyone. But as they gather to celebrate the holidays, some families and friends will have to cope with the absence of a loved one who was killed in a traffic crash.

The Lake Mills Police Department hopes that the upcoming holiday season will be a time of great joy for everyone. But as they gather to celebrate the holidays, some families and friends will have to cope with the absence of a loved one who was killed in a traffic crash.

That’s why The Lake Mills Police Department will mobilize for the statewide “Booze and Belts” traffic safety campaign from Dec. 12 to 20. To save lives and prevent injuries, we will be out in force—day and night—to crack down on drunken drivers and unbelted motorists.

Our ultimate goal is to attain zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin. And there’s no better time of year to work toward that goal than right now.

We hope that everyone will always make the responsible decision to buckle up and drive sober now and throughout the upcoming year. If you do, you will protect yourself along with others on the road, and you may help your loved ones experience a joyous holiday season by protecting them from a needless tragedy.

Sergeant Alan Witte




The City of Lake Mills Ordinance #6-3-3 prohibits on street parking between 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM during the months of December, January, February, and March of any year.  A violation of this ordinance can result in a fine of $35.00 for each occurrence and the possibility of having the $35.00 taken out of your tax refund if it is not paid. Please make off-street parking arrangements during this time so the street department can remove any accumulated snow.  If you have any questions, please contact the Police Department at 920-648-2354 during normal business hours.


Last evening was the annual “Witches Night Out” celebration in Downtown Lake Mills. As a prelude to “Trick or Treat” (which is scheduled to take place this Friday from 6-8 pm), Witches Night Out is a fun family event, where kids can debut their costumes as they “trick or treat” from business to business. Last evening’s event was well attended by literally hundreds of kids and parents, who all had a safe and fun time! “I was happy to see we had nearly as many kids wearing Police costumes this year as those dressed as our heroic Fire Fighters!”

Chief Pat Matuszewski

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Bicycles Prohibited on Downtown Sidewalks…

For pedestrian safety, municipal ordinance 6-4-4 prohibits the riding of bicycles on specific downtown sidewalks. To help bicyclist easily identify these designated areas, the sidewalk ramps have recently been painted with the universal “No Bicycles” markings, in addition to the posting of “No Bicycles on Sidewalk” street signs (below). While on these sidewalks, bicyclists are required to walk their bikes to avoid colliding with pedestrians who may be exiting businesses or walking in these sometimes congested areas…

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Active Shooter Training…


In preparation for the upcoming school year, the City of Lake Mills Police Department recently performed “Active Shooter” training with its officers at one of our local schools.  Through coordinated efforts with the Lake Mills area schools, LMPD also has continued to run school staff members through realistic practical training sessions.  In addition LMPD has also performed practical training with the Lake Mills Fire Department First Responders.  “Though we hope we never have to experience an active shooter incident in our community, the reality of today’s world dictates that we need to be prepared for such an event.”  Chief Pat Matuszewski 



Press Release

The City of Lake Mills Police have identified the body found in the “Mill Pond” on Sunday evening, as 18-year-old Devin L. Droster of Lake Mills.  This case remains under investigation by the Lake Mills Police Department.  Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call Capt. Mick Selck at (920) 648-2354.

Chief Pat Matuszewski

Lake Mills Police Department


Press Release

On July 27, 2014 at 6:46 PM, the City of Lake Mills Police were dispatched to Bartel’s Beach, located at 127 S. Ferry Dr., regarding the report of a body found floating in the “Mill Pond.”  Lake Mills PD Investigators were called-in to investigate the incident.  The body of a deceased adult male subject was recovered from the pond.  The identification of the subject is currently unknown.  An autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning.  This case remains under investigation.  Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call Capt. Mick Selck at (920) 648-2354.

Chief Pat Matuszewski

Lake Mills Police Department



Lake Mills National Night Out Focuses on Safety for Kids and Families

On Tuesday, August 5, members of the Lake Mills Police department would like to invite the community to join together in the annual “National Night out against Crime” event.   Attendees will have the opportunity to view and experience the inside of police and fire vehicles, meet their local health and safety officers and watch UW Health’s Medflight helicopter land.  The event is planned at the Lake Mills High School lower parking lot from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

There will be ongoing demonstrations by the Lake Mills EMS, UW Health, Fort Health care and UW Health Watertown.  Transport vehicles from the Lake Mills EMS, Fort Health care Paramedic Intercept and CHETA (UW Children’s Hospital Emergency Transport Ambulance).  Custom Canine service academy will have their four-legged friends on hand for demonstrations and petting.  Also scheduled to appear are Bucky Badger, McGruff the Crime dog, and Dottie the Donor program mascot.

In addition to the demonstrations and mascots, there will be bike helmet fittings and giveaways sponsored by American Family insurance and TREK bicycle. We will have many booths offering free health and safety information, free games and activities for kids, and plenty of food and refreshments available for purchase from the Lake Mills EMS and Special Olympics.  There will also be music provided by our local DJ, door prizes, raffles, and freebies to make the night memorable for everyone.

Communities nationwide celebrate National Night Out in order to 1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, 2) Strengthen police-community partnerships, and 3) increase neighborhood safety awareness.

National Project Coordinator Matt Peksin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity.  National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation.”

For more information contact Officer Troy Oestreich at the Lake Mills Police Department at 920-648-3454 or .

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The Town and Country days festival parade is set for Saturday June 28th at 10:30 a.m.  There will be no parking posted on the parade route as well as the detour route between 9:00 a.m. and noon, the day of the parade.  The Lake Mills Police Department will begin clearing both routes at 8:00 a.m.  If an owner of a vehicle cannot be found, the vehicle will be ticketed and towed.  The parade route will be closed starting at 10:00 a.m. until the end of the parade.





It’s that time of year again. The weather is warm, people are grilling-out and July 4th is just around the corner. This celebration of our Nation’s Independence typically involves “fireworks”.  Though the City of Lake Mills puts an awesome fireworks display for all to enjoy, it’s not uncommon for many people to light off a few fireworks with friends and family…but are these fireworks legal?? In the State of Wisconsin the fireworks that are legal to possess and ignite without a valid permit consist of “smoke bombs”, “cone fountains” that produce visual/audio effects but do not explode, “snakes” that contain no mercury, “sparklers” not exceeding 36 inches, “party poppers” that spray confetti or streamers and “snaps”…basically anything that launches into the air, flies and/or explodes is illegal without a permit and may lead to a substantial fine and confiscation of these fireworks. Don’t be fooled by the many places throughout the state that are now selling fireworks that fly and/or explode (ie, mortars, firecrackers, roman candles, bottle rockets, M80s, etc.)…these are illegal for anyone to possess and discharge unless you have a valid permit… Note:  Signing an agreement at the check-out of these Firework Superstores only adds you to their permit, which requires you to store your fireworks on their premise and discharge them on the date, time and location defined by the store’s permit…the moment you leave the property with these otherwise illegal fireworks you are in violation of the law!!! The City of Lake Mills Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy July 4th!


tshirt The Lake Mills Police Department recently investigated concerns regarding the legitimacy of T-shirts being sold by “Logo Nation” with an understanding that a portion of the proceeds would go to benefit our local schools.  LMPD has discovered that a solicitor’s permit was not obtained with the City and the schools have since withdrawn their involvement with this vendor.  If you purchased a t-shirt(s) from this vendor and would like a refund, you will need to call Jennifer Watson at 1-800-955-7375 X13. Note:  Per City Ordinance 3-2-1, any vendor soliciting door to door for a profit in the City of Lake Mills is required to have a valid solicitor’s permit.  Citizens have the right to request that the vendor show proof that he/she has a valid solicitor’s permit before making any purchase.  If the vendor does not have a valid permit, citizens are encouraged to immediately inform the police department to investigate. Chief Matuszewski




Those citizens needing a place to go when the tornado siren is sounded are to go to the Lake Mills High School. The Lake Mills Fire Department has a key to open the shelter and will do so as soon as a warning is issued. To get to the shelter…when you pull into the high school from S. Main Street go into the parking lot to the front of the school. On your left will be a driveway that takes you towards the lower gym and the bus barn. When you get to the bottom of the hill just before the lower gym/bus barn there will be a parking lot on the right and a door straight ahead. THIS IS THE DOOR TO GO IN.  There will be a firefighter at the door to assist you. Please don’t wait until the sirens are sounded. If you need to use this shelter check out the location before a severe weather event is in progress.

 Tornado shelter


Click it or ticket photo   Click It or Ticket Enforcement May 19th to June 1st Here is the break down for the Click It or Ticket campaign the Lake Mills Police Department participated in. Nine officers were involved with a total of 57 enforcement hours. A total of 37 citations were issued as follows: Seatbelt Violation—21 Speeding—2 Operate while Intoxicated—3 Operate while Revoked/Suspended—3 Non Registration—1 Other—7 A total of 62 written warnings were issued and another Six stops had no action taken. There were also 2 drug arrests and 3 warrant arrests.



Parents and Caregivers

Leaving Kids Alone in Hot Cars — Know the Risks and Consequences

Even great parents can forget a child in the back seat, but caregivers who are unaccustomed to transporting children are especially prone to forgetting. Think about the last time your routine was interrupted. Maybe you forgot something, or were afraid you might forget something. Or maybe you decided to leave your child alone in the car, thinking “I’ll just run into the store for a minute.” In either case, it’s important to know the risks and consequences associated with leaving kids in cars — especially hot cars.


  • In 10 minutes, a car can heat up 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cracking a window does little to keep the car cool.
  • With temperatures in the 60s, your car can heat up to well above 110 degrees.
  • A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s.
  • Heatstroke can happen when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees outside!
  • A child dies when his/her temperature reaches 107.


  • The heat-related death of a child
  • Misdemeanor with fines as high as $500 — and even imprisonment — in some states
  • Felony, depending on the state, if bodily harm results from leaving kids alone in a hot car
  • Note: The age of children who can be left unattended in a vehicle varies from state to state, as does the duration of time a child can be left alone in a car.

Prevention Tips to Avoid a Tragic Heatstroke

  • Never leave a child alone in a car.
  • Don’t let your kids play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.
  • Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.
  • Keep a large teddy bear or other stuffed animal in the car seat when it’s empty. Move the teddy bear to the front seat when you place the child in the seat as a visual reminder.
  • If you are dropping your children off at childcare, but normally your spouse or partner drops them off, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure they were not left in the car.
  • Become vigilant about looking in the vehicle before locking the door. Always look front and back before walking away — always!

50 SAFEST CITIES IN WISCONSIN LAKE MILLS IS 8TH Lake Mills 8th For many people, there’s nothing like living on the water, and if you’re looking for a safe place to live in a picturesque riverfront state away from the East or West Coast, Wisconsin should be your next destination. We’ve started with all cities with a population of over 5,000 as of 2012 and then found those who met our criteria for the lowest violent and property crimes rates, based on those FBI statistics. This includes everything from violent crimes, such as robberies, murders, forcible rapes, and aggravated assaults, to property crimes, such as burglaries, property thefts, motor vehicle thefts, and arsons. We then calculated the number of occurrences happening out of 1,000 to more accurately account for cities with larger populations. The FBI Crime Report is the most reliable source for crime statistics, but there are some cities that didn’t report all their statistics to the FBI, so this may be why they didn’t make our list. Use this list to discover the 50 safest cities and also be sure to check out our Wisconsin Safety Directory to discover personal home security and crime prevention resources. 8. Lake Mills Complete with beaches, fishing piers, and nearly a dozen parks, Lake Mills depicts the beauty of living on the shores of Rock Lake. Home of Crystal Farms dairy products company and an LEED platinum-rated middle school, Lake Mills shows promise and opportunities for people and families of all ages. Plus, the Rock Lake Activity Center offers great athletics for kids, adults, and senior programs keeps everyone busy. In addition to its thriving economy and school district, Lake Mills also saw no murders, robberies, motor thefts, or arsons in 2012. And, according to the local police department, they’re dedicated to keeping up this record as the years go by and even have ideas on how they’re going to make this happen. “Through the application of innovative police practices, public education, collaborative community efforts, and exercising a proactive enforcement approach, this agency will continue to ensure the City of Lake Mills maintains its reputation of being a safe and pleasant community in which to work, reside, and play.” Chief Patrick Matuszewski Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.52 Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.49