FAQ Topic: Police

What is CodeRed?

CodeRED is an emergency notification system that allows North Shore Public Safety Departments to send emergency notifications to subscribers via email, text and phone calls. In case of an emergency, individuals within the effected geographic area will be notified via text, phone, or email. There is no need to sign up for life-threatening emergency alerts. … Continued

How do burglars break into homes?

These are the most common points of entry for home break-ins: Front door: 34% of burglars twist the doorknob and walk right in. First-floor window: 23% use a first-floor open window to break into your home. Back door: 22% come in through the back door. Garage doors: 9% gain entrance through the garage. Basement: 4% … Continued

Are sex offenders living near me?

Sex Offenders have always lived in our communities, but it was not until the passage of the registration law in 1997 that law enforcement was authorized to notify the public of a sex offender’s whereabouts. Furnishing the public with information regarding convicted sex offenders is a critical step towards encouraging the public to develop constructive … Continued

What do you do if your car is sliding on ice?

Rear-wheel skid: If your back wheels are the ones that have gone out on you, gently turn your wheel in the direction you are sliding while taking your foot off the accelerator – but do not brake. Front-wheel skid: If your front wheels begin to slide, take your foot off the accelerator and allow the … Continued

Can I make a “citizen’s arrest”?

Wisconsin doesn’t actually have a specific statute regarding citizen’s arrests, but such arrests are covered by common law or judge-made law. Those laws allow citizens to make arrests under one of two conditions. The first is when a citizen has probable cause to believe that the person they are arresting has committed a felony. The … Continued

What is a juvenile crime?

Generally, under Wisconsin law, juveniles commit delinquent acts, not crimes. Criminal complaints (criminal charges) are not brought in the juvenile system. Rather, a delinquency petition is filed alleging the crime. Likewise, young adults who are found guilty are not “convicted” in juvenile court; they are adjudicated delinquent. Rather than facing the potential for jail time, … Continued

Do I have to stop for an unmarked police car that is behind me?

Yes, the police officers understand that drivers are skeptical of vehicles that do not have regular police markings and emergency lighting on the roof. Police officers expect drivers to travel to a well-lit and even populated location before stopping, such as a fast food restaurant or gas station. Police officers also understand if drivers are … Continued

Can I legally make a U-Turn in Milwaukee County?

Wisconsin State Law permits U-turns at controlled intersections unless signs are installed to indicate the maneuver is prohibited. U-turns will have to be made from the left-most turn lane in the same fashion as a conventional left turn. Vehicles on the intersecting street attempting to turn right on red must yield to the U-turning vehicle. … Continued

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