President’s Message

By David Mahoney

Comments and letters can be sent to President David Mahoney at
340 Coyier Lane, Madison, WI 53713, or e-mail

As the first issue of the Wisconsin Police Journal in 2006 reaches each of our members, we find ourselves closing out 2005, a year that has brought unbelievable tragedy and catastrophe to many regions of our country, and to many men and women who share our commitment to public service.

Additionally, the close of another year provides each of us an opportunity to slow the pace of life and be thankful for the blessings we have been given. For those of us with children, we give thanks for the chance to impact and … Continue reading

Hempel v. City of Baraboo: The Supreme Court Of Wisconsin Limits Access To Records Involving Internal Investigations By Government Agencies


by Attorney Nick Fairweather
Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP

Nick Fairweather

On July 13, 2005, the Wisconsin Supreme Court once again changed the contours of the State’s Open Records Law. They did so with their decision in the case of Hempel v. City of Baraboo. The case involved Hal Hempel, a City of Baraboo police officer, who was accused by a co-worker of having sexually harassed her. The co-worker made a verbal and a written complaint to her supervisor outlining her claims. Almost five months after the complaints were made, the City informed Hempel that Police Chief Thomas Lobe declined to impose any discipline on Hempel.

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Governor Doyle Signs Bill Allowing Local Law Enforcement to Retain Drug Money

On January 4, 2006, Governor Jim Doyle signed a bill allowing local law enforcement agencies to retain the money they seize in drug cases. Under the statutes prior to the enactment of this new law, any money seized in a drug case had to be deposited in the school fund. Under Act 91, a law enforcement agency that seizes money in a drug case may retain 70 percent of any amount that does not exceed $2,000 and 50 percent of any amount in excess of $2,000. This money can then be utilized to cover the costs of investigation and prosecution, as well as other costs relating to a forfeiture proceeding and sale.

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The WPPA Awards Committee Invites Nominations for Service Award

The WPPA Awards Committee invites you to send in your nominations for WPPA service awards. Individuals may be nominated for deeds or actions that occurred between January 1 and December 31, 2005. The committee will meet in February to review nominations and select the award recipients.

Send a letter of nomination identifying the individual or individuals, the date of the occurrence, and describe the event and its circumstances. Copies of media coverage may be included and must show the name of the newspaper and date printed.

Send your nomination and supporting documentation to the WPPA Awards Committee, 340 Coyier Lane, Madison, Wisconsin 53713. The deadline is February 1, 2006. Nominations received after February 1, 2006 will not be considered.

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