Smetana, most recently with the Racine Police Department, was the choice from a field of 34 applicants. He is reporting for duty today.
Here is the rest of the statement:
At this morning’s Police and Fire Commission meeting, Police Chief John Morrissey talked about the 2o12 crime statistics. He provided some unaudited numbers. There were 111,177 calls for service last year, compared to 107,114 in 2011. Arrests were up slightly, from 10,592 in 2011, to 10,662 in 2012. Traffic citations went from 15,873 in 2011, to 17,387 in 2012.
The Community Service Officer (CSO) program, a new program in 2012, had no 2011 statistics for comparison. The CSO calls for service totaled 6,706. CSO court citations were 309, and CSO trap calls totaled 809.
The Pleasant Prairie Fire Department released the following statement regarding a house fire on 39th Avenue this morning:
At 5:20 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to 60th Street and 20th Avenue, in Kenosha, for a report of a car versus pedestrian crash.
At 9:11 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and city police officers are responding to a report of a crash at 52nd Street and Green Bay Road in kenosha.
At 8:48 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a porch fire in the 1700 block of 74th Street, in Kenosha.
UPDATE 8:49 p.m. — Police officers report fire is mostly out, dispatch reports.
UPDATE 8:52 p.m. — Most units are clearing the scene.
UPDATE 8:57 p.m. — Command terminated.
At about 3:55 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and city police officers are responding to a report of a crash at Washington Road and 39th Avenue, in Kenosha.
At 1:16 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue units and village police officers are responding to a report of a crash at 95th Street and Green Bay Road.
UPDATE 1:19 p.m. — One person reporting chest pain. Air bag deployed.
This is the latest in a series of articles that will regularly appear on KenoWi.com from Kenosha Police Department crime prevention unit officers Jeff Wamboldt and Ron Francis:
“It works!” was the most common answer given by Neighborhood Watch (NW) participants when asked why people of Kenosha should start an NW program in their neighborhoods.
“It’s also fun,” said Angie Howard, NW block captain. “When our group gets together, it’s like having a party. We have become such great friends. Not only have we learned how to keep ourselves safe, but I now have another group of friends.”
At 7:42 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a gas main leak in the 6800 block of 24th Avenue, in Kenosha.
At Monday’s Board of Water Commissioners meeting, authorization was given to allow Kenosha County to install 4.9 GHz communications equipment on two Kenosha Water Utility elevated tanks that currently have city of Kenosha Police Department (KPD) communications equipment for a trial period not to exceed six months.
Ed St. Peter, general manager of Kenosha’s Water Utility, showed the piece of equipment that would hang in the tanks. One of thentanks is the 60th Street tower, the 300-foot tower. “Right now,” he said, “we are in negotiations. We’re re-looking at the agreement being modified.”
One of the 4.9 GHz units would be used by the Sheriff’s Department, the KPD and the Kenosha Fire Department, and for other county public safety uses. The other is a 2.8 GHz unit which is owed by the county and leased to a company called Higher Communication, offering broadband access. This is a commercial venture. The county is leasing the equipment to them.
The man found dead on Kenosha’s northside Wednesday has been identified by police as David A. Sipes of Kenosha.
From the official Police Department statement:
Kenosha Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the body of a man found dead today on Kenosha’s north side.
From the Kenosha Police Department press release:
At about 11:55 a.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and city police officers are responding to a report of a crash at 52nd Street and 30th Avenue, in Kenosha.
At 11:26 a.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and police officers are responding to a report of smoke in a residence in the 7400 block of Sheridan Road, in Kenosha.