office hours;
monday-friday; 7am-3pm.

contact numbers;
for emergencies dial 911
24 hour dispatcher;
non-emergency number;

fax; 715-373-6148
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the city of washburn police department
119 washington avenue po box 638
washburn, wisconsin, 54891


washburn pd crime stoppers

earn a reward & remain anonymous. if you have information regarding a crime
which has taken place in the city of washburn, or in bayfield county,
you have the opportunity to contact the police department anonymously
& may be eligible for a cash reward.
contact police chief ken johnson at 715-373-6164 ext 106,
or e-mail  

vehicle registrations

contact the bayfield county sheriffs department at 715-373-6300
thursday-friday only, 8am-4pm.

dare juvenile officer

d.a.r.e. is universally viewed as an internationally recognized
model of community policing.
the united states department of justice has identified
how d.a.r.e. benefits local communities:

  • d.a.r.e. "humanizes" the police: that is,
    young people can begin to relate to officers as people
  • d.a.r.e. permits students to see officers in a helping role,
    not just an enforcement role
  • d.a.r.e. opens lines of communication
    between law enforcement and youth
  • d.a.r.e. officers can serve as conduits to provide
    information beyond drug-related topics
  •   d.a.r.e. opens dialogue between the school, police,
    and parents to deal with other issues.

    officer complaint process

    formal complaints

    complaints of officer misconduct is to be directed
    to the chief of police in writing, and signed by the complainant.
    the outcome of the investigation will be reported to
     the complainant and the officer in question.
    complaints regarding the chief of police or the department as a whole
    should be directed to the mayor, or the city administrator.

    informal complaints

    informal complaints may be made either in person,
    or anonymously to the chief of police. all informal complaint
     will be documented & investigated
    by the chief of police, and the findings will be reported
    to the complainant and the officer in question.

    citizen ride-along program

    the washburn police department encourages citizens to ride along with
    officers so that you may better understand the role of
    law enforcement in our community.
    for more information, please call or e-mail chief ken johnson.

vehicle lock-outs

the police department provides a vehicle lock-out service mainly on an emergency basis,
such as if a child or animal is locked in a vehicle.
all other non-emergency lock-outs will be considered if time permits and
if an officer determines the vehicle can be entered without causing damage.

bicycle registration

bicycle registration is provided as a free service.
registering your bicycle is a theft deterrant and will assist
us in returning your bicycle to you if it is found.

registrations are made by appointment only by calling the police department.
vacation watch

if you are leaving town for any reason, you can complete a vacation watch form.
officers will check on your residence and notify you or
someone you designate if a problem is found.
forms can be completed at the police department or downloaded here:
downloaded forms can be e-mailed to or dropped off at city hall.

contact with comments or questions regarding this site. 
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