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Police -- Emergency call 911
10 W Church St. (PO Box 76)
Non-emergency: 608-757-2244

Administration: 608-882-2292

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. Nine full-time officers (including the Police Chief and Lieutenant) and 4 part-time officers staff the Department. Additional support is provided to the City and surrounding areas by the Rock County Sheriff’s 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. The department's Records Request/Permissible Uses form may be downloaded here.  The department's complete policy for Release of Information is available here.

Release of Information:

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 (DPPA)

The Evansville 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 F.3d 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 under § 19.37(1), Wis. Stats., or upon application to the Attorney General or a district attorney.

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 following link:

http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/online-srvcs/external/dmv.aspx 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 vehicles)

Non-reportable accidents are not sent to DOT and can only be obtained through the Evansville Police Department.

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 PDF form:  

Records Request/Permissible Uses form

Written consent:  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 consent:

Consent for yourself – Link to Form
Consent for other involved party   – 
Link to Form

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
425 Water Street
Non-emergency: 608-882-9934

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 hearing date.


Emergency Medical Service (EMS) -- Emergency call 911
11 W. Church St.

Non-emergency: 608-882-2269


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 moment’s 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.



608-882-2266 ph • Evansville City Hall• PO Box 76 • 31 S. Madison St. • Evansville, WI 53536