Accountability

Police Department Policy Feedback


Learn more about the Police Department's policy review process. Review policies and provide feedback.

Body-Worn Camera Program
Following a multi-year process to examine and implement the use of body-worn cameras, department wide use of cameras began in the fall of 2018.

All patrol personnel and detectives are assigned a body-worn camera unit.

For more information on our program and the policy click here or use the menu on the left.

Department Feedback |Share a Compliment | File A Complaint

The Fitchburg Police Department is dedicated to serving the community in a professional manner. We welcome your compliments, suggestions, ideas, and complaints. Please let us know how we can serve you better.

All citizen complaints are thoroughly investigated. Complaints can be initiated via this website, by obtaining a written complaint statement from the Records Bureau or by contacting the on-duty supervisor at any time. The on-duty supervisor for the department can be reached via our non-emergency dispatch number, (608)270-4300.

For more information on providing feedback, including how to file a complaint, or how to submit a compliment, click here.

21st Century Policing & Special Community/Police Task Force Reports 

A few years ago, national and local events related to policing prompted two reports related to modern policing. Nationally, the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing released their report and locally, the United Way of Dane County Special Community/Police Task Force released their report and recommendations on police use of force.

The Fitchburg Police Department reviewed both reports along with the recommendations. Because the United Way report was a collaboration of local leaders and law enforcement, the department has focused our efforts on examining our progress as it relates to the recommendations of the report. 

Many of the recommendations in the report were either already standard practice or policy, such as the use of squad car video cameras, and several other recommendations were already under consideration. Body-worn cameras are discussed and recommended within the United Way Task Force Report.

In the fall of 2016 department members evaluated our progress in regards to the recommendations of the United Way report. Most recently, in the fall of 2020, we again assessed our progress on the recommendations outlined in the report. Our progress on the recommendations was compiled into a summary report available below.

You can view the progress report, along with the original report from the President's Task Force and the United Way Task Force below.

The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing

United Way of Dane County Special Community/Police Task Force Report

Fitchburg Police Department/Special Community Police Task Force Progress Report *UPDATED FALL 2020*


Use of Force Policy & "8 Can't Wait"


Fitchburg Police Department use-of-force policy and "8 Can't Wait Overview"


What Should I Do If I Am Stopped By the Police?

What Should I Do If I Am Stopped By the Police