Capitol Commentary

James L. Palmer, II
WPPA Assistant Executive Director & Director of Governmental Affairs

New Law Allows Local Law Enforcement to Retain Drug Money

On January 4, 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 … Continue reading

The Inquest: A Search For The Truth Or A Trap? An Officer’s Dilemma

By Jordan C. Loeb

Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP

Jordan C. Loeb

An inquest is a popular tool utilized by a District Attorney when an officer is involved in a fatal shooting. Some DAs have a de facto policy that whenever family members of the individual killed asks for an inquest they will conduct one. This automatic response by the prosecutor puts the involved officers in a difficult position. This article will explain the competing interests at play in an inquest and some new legal developments.

A critical incident can unfold in many ways, but imagine this straightforward scenario. Officers are dispatched to a residence. Neighbors report that the … Continue reading

Be Our Guest: Onalaska President Promotes Political Action

By Chris Danou

President, Onalaska Professional Police Association

By in large, police officers in Wisconsin have been slow to embrace the concept of political action. Perhaps it is because we are so tired at the end of our shifts that we just want to return home to our families and enjoy our time off. It is hard to go from dealing with conflicts on the streets while working to dealing with the inevitable conflicts that occur when one becomes politically involved.

However, the times are changing. Around the state, police officers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to participate in the political process. I have become more politically active in the past several years for two very … Continue reading

WPPA Lauds Signing of Public Safety Legislation


On April 6, 2006, Governor Doyle signed several public safety bills into law.  Among the WPPA-backed initiatives was Assembly Bill 708, which will increase the maximum prison sentence for repeat sex offenders to life imprisonment without parole.  Also signed into law was Assembly Bill 291, which will allow a property owner to evict a tenant if a state law enforcement agency notifies the owner that a rental unit is being used for drug and gang-related activities.  Assembly Bill 291 expands the types of law enforcement agencies that may notify a property owner, and provides immunity to those additional entities, as well as their officers and employees.

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