Police Department Policy Feedback

Police Department Policy Feedback

As a professional policing organization, the Fitchburg Police Department is committed to continuous improvement and alignment with contemporary standards and best practices. In an effort to continue delivering a high level of service to our community, we have determined a thorough review and update of our policy and procedure is a top priority for our department. A well-developed policy manual provides a set of expectations for department members and better informs the community we serve. 

Maintaining and reviewing a policy manual is a resource intensive effort that involves monitoring legal updates, training and standards updates, and more. Our department is working with Lexipol, a vendor that specializes in this work, to facilitate this policy review and update over the course of this year. The updated policy and procedure manual will assist in our goal of becoming an accredited law enforcement agency. One of the most important pieces of this process is inclusion of the community we serve.

As part of our ongoing efforts to maintain transparency, accountability, and trust, we are sharing these policies with the community for their review. The goal of including the community in this process is two-fold. First, we hope to gain feedback and perspective that may influence policy modifications when feasible and applicable. Second, we believe this presents an opportunity for the department to better inform the community about our department, our policies, and the “why” behind how we operate. We hope both of these goals present opportunities for enhanced engagement with the community. 

Due to a modification of the project timeline, the process for sharing draft policies has been adjusted. Multiple draft policies have been compiled into their corresponding chapters.

Each group of policies will be posted for a month before the implementation process begins. 

We will continue to accept any policy-related feedback after the implementation. Our policies will remain publicly accessible and open to feedback. 

Submit Feedback

  • Submit Feedback By Clicking Here - This is the most efficient method to share your feedback. You can also attach documents with this form. 
  • Call (608)270-4380 and leave a message with your feedback. 
  • Send an email to: policyfeedback@fitchburgwi.gov
Due to the volume of feedback we are unable to respond to each submission. Every submission will be shared and assessed by the policy workgroup. 

Policies for Public Feedback

New Policies (Posted 5/25/22)

Chapter 3 | General Operations
Chapter 4 | Patrol Operations
Chapter 6 | Investigation Operations 
Chapter 7 | Equipment
Chapter 8 | Support Services
Chapter 9 | Custody
Chapter 10 | Personnel 

Each chapter contains multiple policies. Upon clicking the  link, policies for review within the chapter can be clicked to navigate to the specific policy.  

Some policies under these chapters have already been posted (see below) and others will be posted in the future. 

Previously Posted Policies

While these policies are still posted for public feedback, the primary feedback window lasts three weeks. At the end of this period, feedback submitted by department members and the public may have already been considered by the policy workgroup. 

Beginning in May of 2022, policies that have been posted for review will begin to be implemented into the active department policy manual. 

Chapter 2 | Administration
Chapter 3 | General Operations
Chapter 4 | Patrol Operations
Chapter 5 | Traffic Operations
Chapter 6 | Investigation Operations
Chapter 7 | Equipment
Chapter 10 | Personnel

Adult Abuse
Domestic Abuse
Electronic Control Device
Officer Response to Calls
Officer Involved Shootings and Deaths
Payroll Records

Department Directives
Employee Speech, Expression and Social Networking
Former Officer Carrying Concealed Weapons
Organizational Structure and Responsibility
Supervision Staffing Levels

Policy Manual

Chief Executive Officer - Chief of Police
Law Enforcement Authority
Oath of Office
Reporting of Employee Convictions, Citations, and Criminal Investigations
Employee Accountability