Police -- Emergency call 911
10 W Church
St. (PO Box 76)
Chief Scott McElroy,
The Evansville Police Department is responsible for providing the public with crime prevention services and protection of life and property. It is the goal of the Evansville Police Department to provide essential services to the citizens and visitors of the City of Evansville and to work with other agencies to achieve common goals.
The Police Department provides full-time police protection.
officers (including the Police Chief and Lieutenant) and
officers staff the Department. Additional support is provided
to the City and surrounding areas by the Rock County Sheriffs
Department. The Evansville Police
Commission provides oversight of the Department.
The City of Evansville Police Department recognizes that the public has a compelling interest in the inspection of public documents and records and in the release of information dealing with law enforcement activities. Only if there is a countervailing interest of the same or greater magnitude will anyone be denied information or the opportunity to inspect public documents.
Members of the public may obtain information and access to the Evansville Police Department's public records, or obtain copies of these records, by contacting the legal custodian, Chief Scott McElroy,
10 West Church Street, Evansville, Wisconsin 53536, telephone number (608) 882-2299. The Evansville Police Department will accept release of information requests between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Access to records may be denied in accordance with any applicable law, policy and/or procedure. Please make your request for the specific records you seek, orally or in writing, to the legal custodian. The Evansville Police Department may bill you for each copy made.
Request/Permissible Uses form may be
downloaded here. The department's complete policy for
Release of Information is available here.
The following explains how the Evansville
Police Department releases information. This includes not only to
whom it is released, but what information will be released.
Drivers Privacy and Protection Act
Police Department has modified the procedure regarding the review
and release of open records requests based upon advice from legal
counsel. In compliance with the Seventh Circuit Court of
Appeals’ decision in Senne v. Village of Palatine, 695
597 (7th Cir.
2012), and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”), 18 U.S.C.
2721 et. seq.,
the Evansville Police Department will not release personal
information under the DPPA unless it falls under a permissible
use. Personal information obtained from the Department of Motor
Vehicles, including an individual’s date of birth, driver’s
license number, social security number, home address (except zip
code), telephone number, photograph and medical or disability
information is prohibited from disclosure unless one of the
permissible uses applies. Permissible uses are listed in 18 U.S.C.
2721(b). The Evansville Police Department will continue to
provide records, as required and allowed, in accordance with
Wisconsin State Statutes that are not in conflict with DPPA.
Any records that are denied are subject to review by mandamus
Stats., or upon application to the Attorney General or a district
Records Requests for Accidents:
Reportable accidents that the Evansville
Police Department investigates can be obtained in un-redacted form
from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website at the
Choose “Online services” then select “Purchase Crash reports.”
There is a $6.00 fee for getting a copy of
the accident report from DOT. You will receive the accident
report, along with an invoice from the Wisconsin Department of
Transportation. There may be a delay from the time the accident
occurred to when it is available through DOT.
Please note that if the accident is older
than 90 days, you will be provided the option to email the
Department of Transportation for the accident report. By utilizing
this option, the accident report will be mailed to you with an
invoice. If the accident is less than 90 days old, you will be
given the option to pay on-line and immediately download the
accident report. If you have questions, you can contact the
traffic crash section of the Wisconsin Department of
Transportation at 608-266-8743, then select option 3, then option
1, then option 2.
Accidents are considered reportable when
any of the following criteria are met:
Injury or death of a person
$1,000 or more total damage to property owned by any one person
Damages of $200 or more to government property (except motor
Non-reportable accidents are not sent to
DOT and can only be obtained through the Evansville Police
Accidents are considered non-reportable
when all of the following criteria are met:
There is not any injury or death associated with the crash
There is less than $1000 total damage to property
There is less than $200 damage to government property (except less
than $1000 damage threshold for a government vehicle)
The Evansville Police Department can also
provide copies of both reportable and non-reportable accidents,
but they will be released following DPPA guidelines. These
guidelines strictly limit the Evansville Police Department from
releasing information derived from DOT records unless the
requestor falls under one of the permissible uses. This form
will be required for the release of accident reports. The Records
Request/Permissible Use form, and the consent forms, can be
personally obtained at the Evansville Police Department during
normal business hours or directly downloaded from the following
Part of the Records Request/Permissible Use form may require you
to obtain written consent of individuals involved in the accident.
Keep in mind the consent for other party needs to be signed by the
other individual(s) before release.
There are two PDF forms for written DPPA
yourself – Link
Consent for other involved party – Link
Other Open Records Requests:
Any record in possession of the Evansville
Police Department which contains personal identifiable information
that was either obtained or confirmed through DOT records is also
subject to disclosure restrictions under DPPA. These records will
be redacted unless the requester falls under one of the
permissible uses (see Records Request/Permissible Uses form link
and consent links above). Due to the redaction process, it is
beneficial for the requester to contact the Evansville Police
Department and speak with the Records Custodian prior to
personally stopping at our office to determine if the record is
available and if DPPA redaction is necessary.
The Police Department is now an authorized partner with the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles. We can provide the following services: title application processing, license plates, and license plate stickers for yearly renewals.
Click here for more info.
Fire -- Emergency call 911
Chief Terry Wendt
Fire protection within the City of Evansville and
surrounding townships, including select Rock and Green County areas,
is provided by the volunteer fire department under the direction
of the Evansville Fire District. Rated at an insurance classification
of IV, the department consists of 34 trained personnel and seven
vehicles equipped with fire fighting and emergency related equipment.
A service fee of $500 dollars is charged to owners of real and/or
personal property for fire protection, lock-outs, carbon monoxide
alarm responses, reports of odors, etc. Any response fee that is not paid within 90 days
from the date of first billing is subject to interest bearing
late charges of 1.5% per month. Unpaid response fees and interest
charges may become a lien against the real property, pursuant
to Section 66.60(16) of the Wisconsin Statutes.
Service fee discrepancies may be taken to the Board
of Appeals for the Fire District. A written appeal must be filed
with the Secretary of the Board of Appeals within 30 days after
the initial billing date. Within 45 days of receiving the appeal,
the Board will hold a hearing. All interested parties will receive
at least 10 days notice of the appeal. A final decision by the
Board of Appeals will be delivered within 30 days of the initial
Emergency Medical Service
(EMS) -- Emergency call 911
11 W. Church St.
EMS Coordinator Jamie Kessenich
Twelve professionally-trained volunteer emergency
medical technicians and one full-time emergency medical technician
provide with City of Evansville with Emergency Medical Services.
These individuals work on a moments notice to provide life-saving
and life-enhancing services to the residents of our community. EMS has two fully equipped emergency-response vehicles.
Anyone interested in joining Evansville EMS, please contact the Coordinator. Evansville EMS will reimburse your tuition, after successful completion of an appropriate training class, to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
To recognize the invaluable services of
Evansville's EMS team, the City of Evansville
designates mid-May as Emergency Medical Services Week.