In all, a metro-wide sweep the night before Thanksgiving resulted in only 16 drunken driving arrests in 214 stops after it was heavily publicized in advance.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
- Jim Price
Monday, November 26, 2012
A program to catch drunken drivers may have done the world one better, in the opinion of local law enforcement agencies. With plenty of advance notice that a dedicated task force of officers would be on the sharp lookout, only a small percentage of traffic stops Wednesday night and into Thursday morning yielded OWI arrests. Police officers would like to believe that in part, that was because of the highly publicized effort to make drivers aware they were being watched – and that they behaved better as a result. Wauwatosa fielded the largest contingent of tasked officers of any metro community, with seven patrols mainly looking for intoxicated drivers. But in 26 stops with some suspicion of drinking drivers, only one arrest was made, of a…
Crime prevention is still at the heart of the event, but the Police Department has also embraced a broader view of community safety.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jim Price
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
From humble beginnings 17 years ago, Tosa's Night Out has long since grown into one of the city's premier celebrations, routinely drawing as many as 5,000 people. But what continues to grow each year, including this one, is the message. Next Tuesday's version of Tosa's Night Out will develop the theme of community safety far beyond what the Wauwatosa Police Department envisioned nearly two decades ago. "It started off very small, with a couple hundred people, and it's grown very popular," said Police Sgt. Paul Leist. "We officially register about 3,000 for the flashlight walk, and depending on the weather, about 2,000 more show up. And everyone is welcome, whether you're registered or not. You just don't get the T-shirt and other goodies…