The Department

The Department:

The Village of Fontana Police Department is located directly across the street from The Abbey Resort in the Public Safety Building along  with the Fire Department and EMS on Fontana Boulevard. 

Today the Department employs 9 full and part-time employees; a chief, 1 sergeant, 3 full time officers 1 3/4 time office, 2 part time officers, an administrative assistant, and a non sworn seasonal community service officer.  24 hour coverage is provided and 911 dispatching duties are handled by the Walworth County Sheriff's Department.

STAFF MEMBERS

Staff

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Chief of Police

Chief Steve Olson

Sergeant

Sergeant Jeff Cates

Administrative Assistant (civilian)

Barbara Dorsey

Staff

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Sworn Full Time Officers (4)

Officer Mark Chalchoff

Officer Aaron West

Officer Derrick Goetsch

 Officer Chris Brunning

 

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Sworn Part-time Officers


Officer Grant Gunyon

Officer Lisa Gavahan

Officer Ruth Hooper

 

Non-Sworn Staff

Community Service Officer

Marissa Salas

 

Office business hours are Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm (except holidays).  If you come to the PD at a different time or no one answers the door, a phone is located in a green box next to the door that will contact Walworth County Dispatch. During normal business hours the following services are available: 

  • Fingerprinting for Employment if you are resident or worker in Fontana (please call and make an appointment)

  • Copies of Reports (please call ahead to save time)

  • Municipal Citations Payment - Not Parking Citations

  • Crime Prevention Material

  • WI self reporting motor vehicle accident forms

  • Vehicle and boat registration forms

  • Alarm registration

The Department has 4 squads and 1 NEV.  Most of the squads are fully equipped with the latest in law enforcement technology including:

  • Emergency Lights

  • Radios

  • Mobile Data Computers (MDCs)

  • Radar

  • In Squad Video Camera

  • Digital Camera

  • Preliminary Breath Tester

  • First Aid Kit

  • Cellular Telephone

  • Rifle 

  • Automatic External Defibulator (DEFIBS)

  • Gas mask

  • Evidence Collection Kit

Officers carry portable radios to communicate with other officers and the dispatch center when away from their squad.  A back-up radio system can be operated from the Public Safety Building in the event the dispatch center is out of service.

The Department uses a computerized records system that is accessible in the squads and we have the ability to conduct vehicle and driver license checks through the computer link in the squad cars.  Each squad now has the capability to print citations using a computer program called TRACS. 

The Department also maintains an extensive evidence collection, processing and storing capability with the ability to send items to the state crime lab for in-depth analysis. We also have a Intoximeter to test suspected intoxicated drivers at our police department.

Each officer participates in on-going training each year, which includes the state required in-service and specialized training to improve each officer's unique skills and all newly hired officers must complete a field training program that lasts several months. Fontana is one of a the few law enforcement agencies in the area that requires its officers to have at least an associate's or a bachelor's degree in Police Science or Criminal Justice. 


PROGRAMS

The Department participates in various national, state, and county organizations; such as the county wide drug unit, sexual assault task force, gang unit and a criminal information exchange network.

Fontana Officers Chalchoff and Goetsch teach Counteract, an anti-drug and peer pressure education program at the Fontana Elementary School.  Officers work with the 5th grade class to teach them the importance of saying no to drugs or other harmful behaviors.

The Fontana Police Department collects food for the local food pantry in a program we call  "Feed The Need".  Every year near Christmas, donations can be made at the Fontana Police Department or if you live in Fontana contact the on duty officer at 262 275 2275 and they will pick up the items.

Because we realize that a large number of our residents live here only in the summer or go on a short vacation, we offer the opportunity to have their house checked during the time they are not here.  To have your house checked, stop at the Police Department and complete a form.

The Fontana Police Department has  program that allows citizens to ride with an officer during his/her shift. To sign up contact the Police Department during normal business hours.  This is a great chance to see what your local law enforcement is all about.

Tours of the Police Department can be arraigned for neighborhood associations, religious or social organizations or scouts.  To setup a tour contact the Police Department during normal business hours.

Our department is dedicated to the safety of the victims of family violence.  We are asking that citizens donate their used cell phones to the Fontana Police Department who will give them to the county Association for the Prevention of Family Violence.  The APFV will give them to victims of domestic abuse so they can summon police if needed. You can turn in your phones at the Fontana Police Department located at 185 Douglas Avenue in Fontana or at the Village Hall.

Would you like to have an officer speak at your next social or group function? We can arrange to have an officer speak to your group on any of a number of topics or just to answer your questions.

The PD through a generous donation from the Big Foot Lions Club now has child ID kits available that allow a parent to keep a picture of their child, fingerprints and a DNA sample all in one folder and quickly available should the child go missing for any reason. PD staff will assist the parent in getting a proper set of prints for the card, BUT all the information is held by the parent NOT the PD. The kits can be obtained for free at the PD.