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         NEWS & INFORMATION

WINTER PARKING HOURS
Winter Parking restrictions are in effect from midnight, December 1st to April 1st. No parking on any street within the city limits between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. 12/1 - 4/1 inclusive.

PARK HOURS
A reminder that city parks are closed between the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am, with the exception of Rotary Park which closes at 11:00 pm and re-opens at 6:00 am.

BICYCLE HELMETS
City ordinance prohibits anyone under the age of 16 must wear a helmet while operating or riding a bicycle, unicycle, skate board or scooter, roller scates, in-line scates.

FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL
It shall be unlawful within the limits of the City for any person to sell, expose or offer for sale, use, keep or discharge, or to explode any firecracker, bottle rocket, cherry bomb, colored smoke bomb, toy cap, blank cartridge, toy pistol or cannon in which explosives are used, contrivances using explosive caps or cartridges, sparklers, display wheels, the type of balloon which requires fire underneath to propel the same, firecrackers, torpedoes, sky rockets, Roman candles, aerial salutes, American or Chinese bombs or other fireworks of like construction, or any other fireworks containing any explosives of flammable compound.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS
No parking is allowed on state highways from 2:00 am to 6:00 am. This includes S. Spring Street, Grand Avenue, N. Franklin Street and N. Wisconsin Street. This is in effect year-round.

CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED
The police department now accepts all major credit cards (except American Express) for payment of parking tickets, copies of reports, vehicle registrations and and registration renewals. (NOTE: A service fee will be added.)

SCAM ALERTS
Telephone scams continue to plague our phone lines. Remember to NEVER give out personal information over the phone. The IRS or Social Security Administration WILL NOT call you to advise you of fraud or money owed. If you EVER receive a phone call and the caller tells you to get a prepaid card at a local store or wire money, it is most likely a scam. Verify with family members first if you receive a call from someone claiming to be a grandchild or other member of your family needing money sent overseas because they are in trouble. This is another scam.

*Never give personal information out over the phone*

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) 1-703-276-0100 and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 1-202-326-2222 are actively taking scam reports. You can also go to the Federal Trade Commission website to report scams at: https://www.usa.gov/common-scams-frauds.

CONTESTING A PARKING TICKET
The Port Washington Police Department now offers a way for you to contest a parking ticket received from our department. Please click here.

MED-RETURN DRUG COLLECTION
The Port Washington Police Department has a Medication-Return Collection unit located in the lobby of the Police Dept. building at 365 N. Wisconsin St. Monday thru Friday during normal business hours, residents can deposit unwanted or expired prescription medications in the drop unit for proper disposal. For more information, please visit the FDA website.

REGULATION OF DOGS AND CATS
Keeping pets is becoming increasingly popular in households across the country. Recent studies estimate that around 63 percent of all U.S. households (71.1 million) are pet owners, and more than half of those households have more than one animal. The two most popular pets are dogs and cats. People keep pets for a variety of reasons including companionship, home security, teaching responsibility and enhancing behavior among children. However, being a pet owner carries with it certain obligations and responsibilities.

Assumptions and misunderstanding of City ordinances surrounding the keeping and maintenance of pets in the City and particularly dogs in public areas, including parks and beaches has prompted this guide.

The Port Washington Police Department and the Park and Recreation Department would like to make it very clear that we encourage and welcome dog owners and their dogs in our City parks and public ways, as long as they abide by the regulations set forth governing their behavior.

To help in understanding what is expected of pet owners when they walk a dog, visit a park, beach or other public area, we have included in this guide a summary of the Port Washington Animal Regulation ordinances.

Please protect yourself, your neighbors and your community by being a considerate and responsible pet owner.

The City will take appropriate actions, including the issuance of citations, if necessary, against individuals who do not abide by the regulations governing the keeping of pets within the City.

Keeping of Dogs & Cats: Persons may not keep, maintain, or harbor more than two dogs and two cats in any apartment, residence, household, yard or place of business, except where allowed by the Zoning Ordinances. A time limit of three (3) months is allowed for litters. (Ord. 11.02.120 H.)

Licensing: All dogs and cats in the City are required to be licensed annually. Proof of rabies vaccination is required for licensing. Dog and cat licenses are available at City Hall. (Ord. 11.02.120 B.)

Animals At Large: No person shall permit any animal owned by him or under his control or in his possession to run at large. Owners may not permit dogs or cats to be on any public property in the City or on any private property in the City without the owner's permission, when such animal is not secured by a leash, chain, or rope in control of any person or confined within a fenced enclosure. (Ord. 11.02.120 A.)

Fecal Matter: Owners or persons in control of dogs, cats or other permitted animals are responsible for the immediate removal of fecal material left by their animals on any property other than the owner's. Pet owners or persons in control of such animal(s) may not dispose of any such fecal material on any property other than his or her own property. (Ord. 11.02.120 I.)

Barking Dogs: No person shall harbor any dogs or any other animals within his care or custody which shall continuously bark or create a continuous or intermittent noise or disturbance, or allow such animals to make any unusual or unnecessary noise to the disturbance of the neighborhood, or to people passing upon the streets or sidewalks. (Ord. 11.02.120 D.)

For more information regarding the city ordinances governing the regulation of dogs and cats, please visit the City of Port Washington Municipal Codes web page.

Where Citizens Are First

Our Mission

The mission of the Port Washington Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in our city by working in partnership with the community, to protect and serve our citizensí quest for a peaceful and safe existence, with democratic values applied equally to all.

We Commit To These Values

  • Public trust
  • Human life above anything else
  • Community opinion and response
  • Courtesy, compassion and respect
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity

The Port Washington Police Department proudly serves an estimated population of 11,439. In addition, the city experiences a significant seasonal increase in population due to a growing number of tourists visiting the area each year. As of early 2005, the department regularly patrols nearly 50 total road miles within the city.

The Port Washington Police Department provides a multitude of services to the community in a number of areas including traffic safety; adult, juvenile, and youth programs; investigative, crime prevention and general administration.

The current staffing level is twenty sworn police officers. When operating at authorized staffing level, our ratio of officers per 1,000 of established population is 1.6.

Sworn personnel consist of the Chief of Police and the Captain of Administration, representing the Administrative Division. The Patrol and Investigative Division is staffed by the Captain of Operations and three Lieutenants, supervising thirteen patrol officers.

Civilian support personnel include three full-time records management employees, one municipal court clerk who is also the Records Manager, one administrative assistant, one parking enforcement officer and one custodian shared with City Hall.

If you have concerns regarding this web site, please e-mail Chief Kevin Hingiss.