The Wisconsin State Capitol Police have statewide jurisdiction to enforce all civil and criminal
laws throughout the State of Wisconsin. We are responsible for the safety of
all state employees and the security of all state owned and leased facilities.
We provide protection to the Governor, family, Lieutenant Governor, and other
high ranking dignitaries. We oversee special events and demonstrations that
take place on state property. Our headquarters are located in the Risser
Justice Center in Madison with substations in the State Capitol and
the Milwaukee State Office Building. In addition to our patrol
operations, we have many specialized units.
Patrol Operations Section
Patrol Operations is
the largest section of the Wisconsin State Capitol Police. It's
the uniformed section with sectors in Madison and Milwaukee. It is
responsible for the detection and preliminary investigation of crimes, traffic
accidents, traffic violations and the protection of lives and facilities on Department
of Administration managed properties. The Wisconsin State Capitol Police
officers assigned to patrol wear traditional police uniforms and are assigned
to specific beats that are patrolled on foot or in marked police vehicles, and
also assigned specific post assignments. Officers assigned to this section
are called upon to perform a wide range of duties and often must deal with
individuals who have social and/or behavioral issues (i.e. mental illness or
controlled substance abuse/addiction). Wisconsin State Capitol Police officers
also perform traditional law enforcement responsibilities of investigating
criminal activity and apprehending law violators.
Officers in the
patrol section are also assigned to monitor large crowd gatherings at
state facilities for specially sanctioned events such as the Taste of Madison, Concerts on the
Square, Farmer's Market, Art Fair on the Square, Cows on the Concourse and the
Winter Holiday Parade. The patrol section also monitors and maintains order
during the many unsanctioned events (i.e.: political demonstrations, rallies,
acts of civil disobedience and marches) that occur on state property.
Support Services Section
The Wisconsin State
Capitol Police have a communications center that operates 24 hours a day.
They are a vital part of the division who relay information to officers
and monitor alarms state wide. The Wisconsin State Capitol Police
also have substantial security and access control responsibilities for DOA
facilities and for many non-DOA sites. The communications center monitors alarms
to non-DOA sites such as National Guard Armories, statewide Historical Society
sites, the Veterans Museum, State Gaming Commission facilities, Badger State
Industries/Bureau of Correction Enterprises, Department of Revenue facilities
and many other locations.
Criminal Investigations Unit
Investigations Unit serves multiple functions within the Wisconsin State
Capitol Police to include conducting complex criminal investigations, preparing
and executing search warrants and subpoenas, preserving and collecting
evidence, providing victim services, managing court services, and assisting the
patrol, dignitary, and security units as needed.
Investigations Unit works as part of the Wisconsin State Capitol Police’s
overall system to reduce crime, fear, and disorder throughout State of
Wisconsin. As investigative and policing techniques are continually
evolving to match the needs of our stakeholders, we routinely engage in
specialized training activities in such topics as interview and interrogation,
child abduction and sexual assault response teams, internet crimes against
children, narcotics, financial crimes, violent crimes, tactical preparedness,
mental health awareness, and evidence procedures.
Investigations Unit also acts as the court services liaison, processing over
one thousand court cases annually. The Criminal Investigations Unit works
to ensure a high standard for presentation of cases to district attorneys
throughout the state.
Dignitary Protection Unit
Protection Unit is responsible to provide protective services to the Governor,
his family, Lieutenant Governor, and other high ranking dignitaries who work
for and visit the State of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Capitol Police
provide protection for the Governor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, when he is
located at the State Capitol or at the Executive Residence.
The K-9 unit is
comprised of a handler, Sergeant Mickael Price, and his K-9 partner,
Yachi. Yachi is the first K-9 in the State of Wisconsin to be
trained in vapor wake. Yachi is trained to take constant odor samples
of her environment and the environment which surrounds a person and/or object.
This training allows Yachi to work independently of her handler rather than be
dependent on handler direction. With this training Yachi is able to locate and
follow a subject through large crowds until the subject is identified by her
handler, and rewards her. This is what separates her from a traditional explosive
detection dog. This makes Yachi uniquely qualified to conduct explosive
searches of crowds during large scale events. Yachi has been used for
protective sweeps, bomb threats, suspicious packages or area searches for the
presence of an explosive, firearm or ammunition round (both live and spent).
Yachi is available for state wide requests for service.
Unmanned Aircraft Unit
The Wisconsin State
Capitol Police operates an unmanned aircraft "drone" system as a tool
for a variety of applications. These applications include assisting the
Department of Administration and other state, local, and tribal agencies with
aerial photography of post-disaster damage assessments (e.g. flooding and
tornadoes), searches for missing persons, documentation of crime scenes,
traffic incident management, and other events which may benefit from an aerial
The unmanned aircraft
we operate has special features allowing use during inclement weather,
increasing our ability to assist during critical life and safety incidents
which occur during the winter months in Wisconsin.
The aircraft can transmit live video feeds and photos to remote users, such as
those in the State Emergency Operations Center, providing a high-degree of
incident awareness and assessment to state decision makers.
The Wisconsin State Capitol Police has highly trained, experienced, and FAA
licensed unmanned aircraft pilots. Our program coordinator and pilots are the
subject matter experts for other public safety agencies throughout the State of
Wisconsin on this topic.
Wisconsin Drone Network
The Wisconsin State
Capitol Police is a member of the Wisconsin Emergency Management Air
Coordination Group. Our role is to coordinate information between any
agency who request emergency air support from an unmanned aircraft (“drone”),
and a network of public safety agencies who are willing to fulfill those
requests with remote pilots, crew, and aircraft. Safety, and therefore
training, is the first priority of the Wisconsin Drone Network. Wisconsin State
Capitol Police personnel worked to develop the first State of Wisconsin recognized
public safety drone pilot certification standard.
Click Here to download the Call-Out Procedures Poster for Communications Centers / EOC
Click Here to apply to participate in the WI Drone Network (open to all public safety drone pilots)