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Community Policing in Green Bay - Click on your neighborhood

Community Policing is designed to tackle long term or chronic problems within a specific neighborhood in a city.  Community Police Officers are not dispatched to handle routine calls for service, but specialize in problem solving and chronic nuisance abatement. Green Bay has a Chronic Nuisance ordinance that can hold landlords responsible when they rent to tenants who cause continuous problems and effect the quality of life in a neighborhood.

The Community Policing Program of the Green Bay Police Department is undergoing a reorganization process.  As such the community policing areas have will be changing effective December 1, 2008.  In addition to the officers assigned to neighborhoods below, we will be adding 6 additional officers to an Impact Team in early Spring or Summer.  The Impact Team will not be assigned to any specifric area, but will be assigned to impact problems wherever they crop up.  If you are not sure what community policing area you live in, view the map.

Roster of Community Policing Beat Areas and Personnel (See PDF Map)

Zone Officer Phone Email Assigned Area
Scott Schuetze 492-3785  Far West
512N Pat Blindauer 492-3785  Lombardi
531N Jim Veeser 492-3785  Fort Howard
521N Kelly Molitor 492-3785  Fort Howard
522N Tim Wickman 492-3785  Tank
532N Andy Weiss 492-3785  Tank
541N Brian Schilt 448-3143  Navarino
542N Paul VanHandel 448-3143  Navarino
551N Kevin Kempf 448-3143  Olde North
553N Scott Grygleski 448-3143  Olde North
552N Mike Wanta 448-3143 Mike  Far Easy
552N Dave VanErem 448-3143  Imperial
703R Lt. Bill Bongle  448-3215
701R Capt. Rick Demro  448-3189  Citywide

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The Herman Goldstein Award

Dr. Herman Goldstein, a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin law school, conceived, and developed the theory of problem-orientated policing.The Herman Goldstein Award recognizes innovative and effective problem oriented policing projects that have achieved measurable success in reducing specific crime, disorder, or public safety problems.

The Police Executive Research Forum sponsors a conference once a year in which the world's best problem-oriented policing projects are presented. In 1999, the 7th year since the Goldstein award was conceived, police agencies from around the world submitted over 90 nominations to the Police Executive Research Forum describing exemplary problem oriented policing programs. On August 25th one winner and six finalists were announced. The finalists this year are the cities of Minneapolis, Racine, San Diego, Fresno, Vancouver and Baltimore. 1999' s winner was Green Bay, Wisconsin. Officer Bill Bongle and Steve Scully entitled their presentation, " Street Sweeping, Broadway Style ".

In their presentation the officers described a program that serves as proof that communities working together can regain areas that had previously been accepted as lost. The presentation depicts the retaking of the Broadway business district. The multimedia presentation was produced with the assistance of a Broadway business, Pulse communications. On Saturday, November 13th , the six finalists and the winners, Bill and Steve, will present their programs before 1,400 conference attendees in San Diego, California. They have since given the presentation numerous times, even internationally in England!

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Philosophy and Logistics

Proactive vs. Reactive

The Community Police Officer (CPO) is not dispatched to calls. The primary function of the CPO is to identify and address the problems or “hot spots” in his/her assigned neighborhood. By identifying these trouble spots and addressing the underlying problems, the CPO can effectively reduce the repeat calls for police services. If the officer were constantly dispatched to calls, the CPO would become reactive rather than proactive.


The CPO's implement a problem-solving approach. The key to solving problems comes from mobilizing neighborhood residents and businesses to work together. Problems that were once thought to be the sole province of the police must be addressed as a community for any long-term improvement to take place. Officers look for creative solutions to long-term problems.

Neighborhood Teams

Each “beat” has defined boundaries, necessary to maintain the stability of the program. Officers find themselves pulled in many directions if they try to satisfy too many people. Our experience has taught us that to be effective, the CPO must address problems in a defined area. The CPO teams have staggered schedules, usually providing coverage 7 days a week.

Method of Patrol

The CPO's patrol their assigned neighborhoods on foot and bicycles. The “out of car experience” is what gets the officer closer to the neighborhood. Many of us had patrolled these neighborhoods by squad car for many years and yet knew only a few “trouble makers.” Once out of our squads, we found ourselves surrounded by numerous law-abiding citizens, eager to help.

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Walking the “Beat”

The public was starving for “beat cops” to return to their neighborhoods. Many people shared stories of the relationship they shared with beat officers from years past. We found that the best information does not come from the “Huggy Bear” street informant, but rather law-abiding citizens, who are often aware of traffic patterns and unusual activities.

Bicycle Patrol

The bicycle is an excellent tool for officers to patrol their neighborhoods. Before implementation of the CPU, officers were only allowed to ride bicycles occasionally when staffing levels permitted. This was due to the fact the officer may be pulled out of their assigned patrol area and sent anywhere in the city.

Officers on bicycles have been able to interrupt drug dealing and make quick arrests due to the stealth of the bikes. The CPO can maintain one on one contact with citizens and yet travel greater distances that he or she could on foot. The officers on bikes have come across situations they would not have otherwise discovered in a squad car.

Community Officers: Not a Replacement for Regular Patrol

The CPU is but one part of the police team. The public will always require officers able to respond to emergencies such as car accidents or domestic disputes. The CPU is not designed to provide an emergency response. The CPU deals with long-term neighborhood problems.

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