Police Department

The Platteville Police Department has 20 sworn officers and helps to maintain one of the safest small town environments in Wisconsin and the nation. The Platteville Police Station is located at the corner of Mineral and Fourth St., 165 N. Fourth St., Platteville, WI 53818-0780. Tel: 608-348-2313, Fax: 608-348-4916.

Command Staff

Under the general direction of the City Manager, the Chief of Police is responsible for planning, coordinating, supervising, and evaluating all police department operations. The two Lieutenants command the two major divisions in the police department reporting to the Chief of Police. One commander directs Operations and is responsible for all patrol personnel, the community policing coordinator, animal control, and the field training of new officers. The other commander directs Support Services and is responsible for all criminal investigative personnel including the direction of the community service officers, and school crossing guards. The Office Manager directs the telecommunications staff, technology support, and department clerical personnel. Together,the Management Team collaborates on budget preparation, policy development, program development, and the general administration of the Police Department.


Nixle Alerts

The Platteville Police Deparment is taking a critical step in creating a new communication path by sending alerts and advisories to the public as it happens. Nixle is a free notification service for government agencies to securely communicate with citizens via e-mail, SMS/text messages,  and Internet posts.

Nixle messages from the Platteville Police Department may include, but are not limited to, important information on car accidents, traffic diversions, fires, hazardous situations, severe weather, road closures, important construction information and other news or events officials feel is both proximate and personally relevant to the community.

The Police Department encourages you to sign up; it’s free and easy. To register, click here.


No Criminal Charges Filed in Vehicle vs. Bicycle Crash | Oct 05, 2015
On September 13, 2015, the Platteville Police Department began an investigation into the cause of a motor vehicle vs. bicycle fatality accident on Business Hwy 151. The Wisconsin State Patrol Accident Reconstruction Unit assisted with this investigation. A bicycle ridden by James Spencer Thomas was westbound on Business Hwy 151 nearing the intersection of Phillips Road. A westbound pick-up truck driven by Tyler P. Sullivan struck the bicycle causing immediate fatal injuries to the bicyclist. During the investigation there were several factors that contributed to the accident. Some of these factors are: •  Lack of adequate lighting and reflective material on the bicycle and…
Two Taken Into Custody After Incident at Furnace and Water Street on 10/1/15 | Oct 02, 2015
On October 1, 2015 at approximately 9 a.m. the Platteville Police Department received a complaint of a domestic violence incident in which the reporting victim was kicked and strangled.  It was reported that the suspect, Douglas Forbes Jr., had assaulted the victim on two prior occasions as well.  The victim reported that Douglas Forbes Jr., had the victim’s 8 month-old son with him.  The victim was due to pick up the child during a normal child exchange time later in the day.  There was no indication at the time that the child was in any immediate danger.  Police intended to…