Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Saukville Police Chief Bill Meloy will retire in June after 40 years as the village's chief and 45 total years with the department.
When Saukville Police Chief Bill Meloy reflects on his upcoming retirement from the department, the nature of the conversation takes on the feel of a history lesson. Meloy, 70, will wrap up a 40-year stay as Saukville's police chief on June 4, the end of his 45-year career with the village's law enforcement force agency. "I get emotional because … it's the end — I've got two months to go," Meloy said between emotional tears that offer an obvious display of his passion and commitment to the position he's held for so long. Did he ever expect to be what he guesses is the oldest-acting police chief in the state, and to hold such a long term in that role when he started at the part-time department in 1968? Well, not necessarily, Meloy said. "I …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Saukville Police Chief Bill Meloy is retiring from the village's police department after 40 years as the chief and 45 years with the department. Meloy is 70.
Saukville Police Chief Bill Meloy will no longer be the head of the department starting June 4, when the 70-year-old will finally start his retirement days. The chief had intended to retire in 2012, according to an Ozaukee Press article, but is finally getting to it now. "Am I going to hang around? Yes, I've been married 50 years and I've lived in this corner for 50 years," Meloy said, adding that his children and grandchildren are mostly scattered in the areas of Port, Saukville and Fredonia. Meloy will be celebrating his 41st year as chief in April, and his 45th year with the department on June 4, when he retires. Lt. Jeffrey Goetz, who has been with the department for 28 years, is slated to take his place, though terms of his hire are …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Port Washington has 1.68 officers for every 1,000 people living in the community, while Saukville has 2.46. Use this searchable database on Patch to see how this compares with others around the state.
When it comes to how many police officers a community should have, is there a right number? There are no federal or state — or even local — mandates for how many officers provide optimal protection and service. The International Association of Chiefs of Police in a recent patrol staffing and deployment study states plainly: "Ready-made, universally applicable patrol staffing standards do not exist. Ratios, such as officers-per-thousand population, are totally inappropriate as a basis for staffing decisions." Instead, the study says needs should be determined by a number of different factors, including: Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter Use this searchable database on Patch to find the different …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Some departments in the Milwaukee area are installing automated camera systems that can read and react to problem plates in an instant; Saukville and Port police chiefs offer their take on the technology.
Suppose you are a police patrol officer. As you cruise the streets — even the highway — you keep your eyes safely on the road, both hands firmly on the wheel. At the same time, you scan every approaching car, every car in front of you, every car parked along the side of the road. You know in an instant when any one of those cars, even in heavy traffic, even in very fast traffic, has so much as an expired registration. You know in an instant when one of those cars has been reported stolen, or that it was seen as the getaway car in an armed robbery. Are you some kind of super-cop? No, no human has that capability. But, Wauwatosa police officers soon will be able to patrol the streets in this way, with technology that up to now has been …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Saukville Police Department officially accepted Jeffery Jiracek's resignation effective March 13, and his May jury trial date has now been changed to a plea hearing.
Former Saukville police officer Jeffery Jiracek, who faced a jury trial after pleading not guilty to charges of drunken-driving in February, is instead expected to appear in court for a plea hearing on May 23. During that hearing, Jiracek would get the opportunity to change his "not guilty" plea and accept the charges without a trial. The hearing starts at 8:45 a.m. Jiracek had been placed on paid leave after he rolled his vehicle Jan. 15 in the town of Belgium. He was arrested by the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office for first offense of operating while intoxicated. His blood-alcohol content was later found to be 0.18, more than twice the legal limit. The Saukville Village Board approved a resignation agreement March 13, but both village …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Department is conducting an internal investigation while the officer awaits a jury trial — but also in the mix is a pending resignation agreement that village and police officials remain hushed about.
As Saukville police officer Jeffery Jiracek awaits a potential jury trial on a drunken driving charge, Police Chief Bill Meloy is conducting his own investigation to determine how to address a situation he said he can't remember ever before occuring in the department. Driving off duty, Jiracek rolled his vehicle Jan. 15 in the town of Belgium. He was arrested by the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department for first offense of operating while intoxicated. His blood-alcohol content was later found to be 0.18, more than twice the legal limit. "I take this stuff serious," Meloy said. "Sometimes people put themselves above the law, and that should never be the case with law enforcement. We should be setting the example." Jiracek, who is on a paid …
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Increase in cost is meant to add consistency across various parking ticket fees.
The Saukville Village Board on Tuesday night voted unanimously to increase the cost of certain parking violations from $10 to $15 per the recommendations of Saukville Police Chief Bill Meloy. City Administrator Dawn Wagner said the increase to $15 only adds continuity to the system, as about half of the parking violations already cost $15. The change means 100 percent of the violations follow suit to a standard cost plan, excluding handicapped parking violations. The $15 cost is if the ticket is paid within 10 days of receipt. Tickets paid after 10 but before 30 days cost $30 (up from $20), and those paid after 30 days cost $90 (up from $60). The new-found consistency will be helpful in the computer system used in the department, Wagner …
Thursday, June 16, 2011
A roundup of recent activity from the police blotter.
Ernie Von Schledorn delearship reported several sets of tires stolen from cars in the store's lot at 11:40 a.m. May 29. The dealership said two sets of rear tires were taken from two different vehicles, one set of passenger side tires from another vehicle and yet another set of driver's side tires taken from another vehicle. All of the lug nuts for the tires were left at the scene. More from the reports:
Sunday, May 29, 2011
A roundup of recent activity from the police blotter.
Police received a call that a vehicle had hit the the Exxon Gas Station on East Green Bay Avenue at 1:45 a.m. May 21. The driver fled the scene in her vehicle, but a witness followed as she drove away. Eventually, the witness and police found the car on Hillcrest Road. The 32-year-old Saukville woman who had been driving the car was now standing behind the vehicle, holding a half empty bottle of liquor. She had suffered facial and head injuries in the crash with the gas station, and was taken to the hospital. A request for charges of operating while intoxicated, causing injury, was forwarded to the district attorney’s office against the woman. Police also issued citations for failure to notify police of an accident and for hit and run. …