News & Notes: March 12

March 12, 2013

Comments sought

on Police Department

West Allis - As part of the West Allis Police Department's efforts to continue its accreditation, a public comment session will be held at 5 p.m. March 20 at the Police Department Satellite Station, 6900 W. National Ave.

Those presenting comments are limited to 10 minutes to discuss whether the department lives up to the standards of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group. A copy of the standards is available from Captain Steven Beyer, (414) 302-8018.

Those who cannot attend can phone their comments in between 1 and 4 p.m. March 20 at (414) 302-8118. Again, the time limit is 10 minutes. Written comments are being accepted at the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, 8133 W. Raymond Lane, West Allis, WI 53219, and at

The West Allis Police Department has been accredited through the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group since 2010. Accreditation helps ensure professional excellence.

Between March 19 and March 21, assessors from the accreditation group will conduct an onsite assessment to examine all aspects of the department's operations, management and support services.

Stepped up alert

for drunken drivers

West Allis - Local police are participating in a statewide St. Patrick's Day mobilization to combat drunken driving.

The increased enforcement, which runs through March 20, is funded with a $55,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

"During the St. Patrick's Day mobilization and throughout the year, we are striving to prevent motorists from killing and injuring themselves and others on our roadways," said Acting West Allis Police Chief Charles Padgett in a press release announcing the mobilization.

In time for the St. Patrick's Day weekend, the DOT's Zero In Wisconsin traffic safety campaign has launched a free "Drive Sober" app for smart phones. The new app includes a location-specific list for contacting nearby taxi and mass transit services for a safe ride home, a blood alcohol content estimator, a designated driver selector and other features.

A free download of the app is available online by

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