Crime is driven by addiction, hardships, opportunity, and the list can go on and on, thus creating victims. As a resident of the City of Spooner, you rely on the police services provided by the Spooner Police Department, Washburn County Sheriff’s office, and the Wisconsin State Patrol. These agencies are staffed by some of the finest officers in the area.
The objective of The Spooner Project is to provide a safer city for the citizens and visitors of Spooner. The community’s partnership with law enforcement is vital to achieve this mission. The partnership will only succeed with open lines of communication and the willingness to assist each other in accomplishing the needs and wants of both. To better serve the community, the Spooner Police Department has initiated The Spooner Project and is asking for your support.
Due to the economy, budget cuts have crippled law enforcement agencies around the country. In turn, agencies are short staffed and unable to provide the essential services to their communities. This project was designed for members of the community and staff at the Spooner Police Department to work together to make a difference.
Initiatives Within Project
ANONYMOUS TIP SECTION ON OUR WEBPAGE
This program allows crimes to be reported and investigated when people don’t want to reveal their own identity.
CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY
This program focuses on educating and informing the public on a wide variety of police operations, policies, and procedures.
COFFEE WITH THE COPS
This event is hosted at various businesses within the city allowing residents to interact with officers over a cup of coffee.
The K9 Unit will serve as a community policing tool to build and maintain partnerships within the Community. The K9 Unit will also be used for officer protection, to detect controlled substances, to locate lost or missing persons, used for building searches, article searches, and criminal apprehension.
PROJECT CHILD SAFE
Project ChildSafe helps raise awareness about the safe and responsible ownership of firearms and the importance of securely storing firearms to help reduce accidents and access by unauthorized individuals. SPD gives away free gun safety locks at the police department and releases how to videos about gun safety.
SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Officers are continually involved with school presentations for: drug/alcohol awareness, Internet safety, driver’s education, anti-bullying, dating violence prevention.
SPD’S BICYCLE PATROL
This program allows an officer to patrol community festivals and events more efficiently, and allows for more public interaction.
SPD’S FACEBOOK PAGE
The use of social media allows immediate interaction with the public, and allows us to streamline important information to and from the public.
SPD’S HALLOWEEN HAUNTED HOUSE EVENT WITH CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTION
This event provides a fun, safe place for children to come and get candy and a good scare. Parents can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. Certified inspectors provide inspection and education of the child safety seats. Last year, over 500 people attended the haunted house. Over 700 pounds of canned items and $328.00 were raised to benefit the Washburn County Food Pantry.
THE ANNUAL FOOT PURSUIT 5K RUN/WALK
2015 was the first annual Foot Pursuit 5k. Over one hundred runners/walkers participated in the event. Local businesses partnered up with the police department by providing raffle prizes, donations and support for this event. All proceeds for the second annual Foot Pursuit will go to help support the K9 project.
THE SPOONER PROJECT CALENDAR
This is an annual project that allows Chief Jerry Christman to interact with over 100 local business owners. The businesses purchase ad spaces within the calendar, which then is put to print by White Birch Printing and given away for free to the public.