Programs & Initiatives
National Incident Management System (NIMS)
As part of emergency preparedness, the Town of Brookfield Police Department has trained all its personnel as required by the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
The NIMS program is designed to facilitate a uniform response from agencies in the law enforcement, fire/EMS, and emergency response sectors, along with interoperable communications systems for when large incidents or disasters occur. This federally mandated program contains many levels of education and training, and our Police Department will continue its NIMS training as the program evolves.
Suburban Mutual Aid Response Team (SMART)
The Town of Brookfield Police Department is part of the Suburban Mutual Aid Response Team (S.M.A.R.T.). S.M.A.R.T. is a law enforcement mutual aid system operating in southeastern Wisconsin. S.M.A.R.T. provides immediate extra law enforcement personnel and equipment at the scene of law enforcement emergencies. In the event of a large-scale emergency, the S.M.A.R.T. system may be activated when a law enforcement emergency has caused its law enforcement agency to exceed its own routine capabilities.
Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN)
The Town of Brookfield Police Department utilizes the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN) to communicate with area businesses and citizens about activities that may affect their business. WCAN is managed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). The alerts that we send out are sent via email, fax, and text messaging to those individuals or businesses that subscribe to the alert notifications.
WCAN is a program which helps prevent crime and aid in the apprehension of criminals. It is a rapid, cost-effective means of communication between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. WCAN links law enforcement with the business community and the public in a partnership to fight crime. We continue to encourage Town businesses to join WCAN in order for us to better communicate with them.
We have had several successes with identifying suspects in incidents where surveillance photos of suspects were attached to the crime alerts. In some incidents other police departments who received our crime alert recognized the suspects and contacted our department.
Crime Stoppers of Waukesha County
Crime prevention is an important tool in managing a community approach to crime control. The ultimate success of crime prevention is dependent upon cooperation between the Police Department and the community. We encourage our residents to call us any time day or night to report suspicious activities.
For additional information or to send an anonymous tip online please visit www.stopcrimewaukesha.com.
Speed Monitoring Awareness Program – Radar Speed Trailer
Throughout the year the Town of Brookfield Police Department deploys our Radar Speed Trailer to various locations in the Town. This device can be deployed to locations where the police department receives requests for monitoring the speed of traffic. The Speed Trailer reads the speed of an approaching vehicle and displays it on a large digital board on the trailer. The trailer can also record each vehicle’s speed and provide statistical reports for use in the analysis of providing additional enforcement in that neighborhood or roadway and for determining other methods for reducing vehicle speeds.
This device provides feedback to the motorist of their speed and brings their speed to a higher level of attention letting them know to slow down if they are speeding. Many times motorists are not aware they are speeding.
Neighborhood Watch Program
When you’re not home, who watches? Listens? Reports?
The best crime prevention tool ever invented is a GOOD NEIGHBOR! In fact, neighbors working together, in cooperation with law enforcement, can make one of the best crime-fighting teams around.
What is Neighborhood Watch?
NHW is a crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of citizens, in cooperation with law enforcement, to reduce residential crime. You may have heard it called Home Alert, Neighborhood Block Watch, or Citizen Crime Watch. The names may differ, but the idea is the same: Neighbors looking out for each other!
How does NHW work?
You and your neighbors are the ones who are in a position to really know what goes on in your neighborhood. Ask yourself: Would a police officer recognize a stranger in your yard or a suspicious vehicle in your driveway? Maybe not. But your neighbors probably would!
And that’s what Neighborhood Watch is all about. Organizing the eyes and ears of an entire neighborhood into a powerful, hard to penetrate, 24-hour a day barrier…protecting neighborhoods from crime.
Neighborhood Watch helps members to:
- Improve the security of their homes, families, and personal belongings
- Recognize suspicious and unusual activity in their neighborhood
- Build a communication network that works to protect their neighborhood
- Gain a feeling of genuine security though their ability to actually DETER crime
Is Neighborhood Watch Effective?
You bet it is! The reason is simple enough
Criminals must have all three if they are to be successful. NHW groups DENY criminals the OPPORTUNITY and ABILITY they need by refusing the criminal the chance to operate undetected. All across the United States, wherever NHW groups are active, the reduction of crime has been substantial…even dramatic!
McGruff the Crime Dog Program
In 1981 the National Crime Prevention Council and the Ad Council introduced McGruff the Crime Dog to the nation and began encouraging Americans to help “Take A Bite Out Of Crime.” Today, more than 93% of children recognize this icon that provides safety tips for adults and kids.
Over the years, this crime prevention campaign has helped teach kids, teens, and adults about violence and drugs, and have inspired all citizens to get involved in building safer, more caring communities. The Town of Brookfield Police Department uses McGruff the Crime Dog at various community events throughout the year.
If You See Something, Say Something Campaign
The “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign—originally implemented by New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is a simple and effective program to engage the public to identify and report indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.
The Town of Brookfield Police Department works with the Southeastern Wisconsin Threat Analysis Center (STAC). The STAC is one of 77 fusion centers in the United States recognized by the United States Department of Homeland Security.
The TBPD also works with the STAC in exchanging information and intelligence with the goal to improve the ability to detect, prevent, deter, and respond to crime and terror related incidents.
Any citizen can go to www.wiwatch.org and submit suspicious activity. Some citizens don’t feel comfortable contacting their local law enforcement agencies and this form of communication gives citizens an alternative option in reporting suspicious incidents.
Project Child Safe
The Town of Brookfield Police Department in partnership with “Project Child Safe” offers free gun locks to residents of the Town of Brookfield. Stop by the Town of Brookfield Police Department to pick up your own gun lock. Visit https://www.projectchildsafe.org for more information.
- Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
- Keep your finger off the trigger
- Treat every firearm as if it were loaded
- Keep firearms unloaded when not in use
- Store ammunition separately from firearms
Operation Identification is an anti-burglary and theft program designed to help you prevent theft of your property. It also assists law enforcement in returning your property to you in the event it is stolen and recovered.
Operation Identification has two parts. First, you mark all your valuables so that they can be identified as yours. Second, you display a sticker, normally affixed to an exterior door or window that tells burglars that you have identified your property.
What makes Operation Identification program so effective in reducing burglary in areas where it has been properly implemented is that burglars and thieves know it is difficult to sell stolen articles that can be traced to them and that they run a greater risk of being caught and convicted if readily identifiable items of someone else’s property are found in their possession.
Participation in the program simply involves picking up one of the “free loan” engravers at the Town of Brookfield Police Department. You then list the items you wish to protect by name, full description, serial and model number, and value on an inventory sheet. Then engrave your driver’s license number on the items and list that location on the sheet as well. Keep the inventory sheet in a safe place with your other valuable papers.
For more information, or to pick up an engraver, contact the police department.