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Suicide is a problem within the law enforcement community due to the daily stress and rigors an officer is subjected to.  To learn more, please view the Kenosha Police Department's newest video about Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention.  If you know of someone in need of assistance, please reach out to get the needed help.

Chief John W. Morrissey has released the Kenosha Police Department 2013 Annual Report.  Please check out the report to see what the Kenosha Police Department did in 2013.

To read about Wisconsin's Conceal Carry Law, click here.

The Kenosha Police Dept. Honor Guard is a member organization in the Wisconsin Honor Guard Association


The Build of a Kenosha Police Squad Car


Check out how one of our squads is built. Click here to see the video.

History of Department


1841 City was known as the Village of Southport. The population was 642.   The streets and highways were lanes of mud in wet weather. Records show the first "Marshall" being Waters Townslee.
1850 Southport changed to Kenosha, with one Constable. City of Kenosha was incorporated.
1880 Population 5,039 with two police officers, one days and one nights. Their duty was to fill the four kerosene street lamps in Kenosha.
1890 Population 6,532, five officers on the department. Jobs were strictly political. Civil Service in the year 1907. Communications, "Roundsmen", traveled on bikes delivering messages from headquarters to the officers walking their beat.
The police salary was raised to $55 a month. The new big thing, was the city decided the police should have uniforms, but they would have to pay for them themselves. The city would buy the other equipment and it would remain the property of the city. The council also voted to give them $20 a piece to buy an overcoat.
1903 The Police and Fire Commission was created
1910 Population 21,371, thirteen officers on the department. Station house located above the Fire Department downtown. Two horse patrol wagons. Police Chief had his own horse and buggy. Switchboard at station and police call boxes were installed.
1913 Motor driven patrol wagon was put into service.
October 12th, the police had their first ambulance call. A man was hit by a motorcycle. They were able to exceed 45 mph.
1920 Recall System, lights and bells installed.
1923 First Police Woman was hired. Motorized patrol wagon, three touring cars and five motorcycles.
Identification Expert hired, thousands of prints and photographs taken in the first year.
1925 Police Department temporarily moved to corner of 8th Avenue and 56th Street.
1930 Population 50,262, seventy three men, two women served on the police department.
1934 John Dillinger days, Police Department acquired an armored car. Second to Milwaukee in one way radio communication.
1957 91 Police Officers assigned to the Kenosha Police Department
1958 First teletype hookup and Polygraph or lie detector
1962 105 Officers and 4 civilians
1965 115 officers and 15 civilian workers. Matching the increase in numbers of officers, law enforcement in Kenosha has advanced quite rapidly in the Sciences of the Law Enforcement Field.
1968 The Canine Unit began with 3 dogs assigned to 3rd shift
1979 153 officers and 29 civilians.
1982 Moved to the new Public Safety Building at 1000 55th Street.
1986 Joined with the community to start Kenosha Area Crime Stoppers
1992 163 officers and 12 civilians.
1994 168 officers and 12 civilians.
1996 Population 85,685, 172 officers and 12 civilians.  In car computers installed.
1998 Population 87,000, first computerized Polygraph system. 99.9% accurate, bicycle unit started
2000 Population 88,000, 180 officers, completed new networking system within the whole department
2004 First digital in squad video systems installed into 31 patrol cars, population 92,000
2005 Digital radio system went on the air, first P25 digital radio system in Wisconsin
2006 Digital video system installed in all interview rooms
2008 Launched Kenosha's Most Wanted on the KPD website, population 96,000, canine unit consisting of 2 dogs started back up with funding from the community

History Video

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