Town of Lisbon - Lisbon will pay $219,596 annually for dedicated third-shift police coverage in the town.
As it stands, there is statutory coverage for Lisbon, meaning a single sheriff roamer is provided by Waukesha County to cover Lisbon and other areas ranging from Oconomowoc to Pewaukee.
At the Aug. 22 town board meeting, members voted to improve the third-shift police coverage after Capt. Lisa Panas and Inspector Jim Gumm gave a presentation. As a result of the board's decision to have a dedicated officer, Waukesha County will make deputy assignments to cover Lisbon seven days a week, 365 days per year for the shift beginning in January.
According to Panas, from July 2015 - June 30, there were 1,406 calls made during the third-shift hours in Lisbon. Sussex's number of service calls from for the year ending this month was 5,396, and the village has two deputy sheriffs who work third shift. The two communities have a similar population: Lisbon's population is at 10,202 and Sussex's is 10,797, according to both communities' websites.
"With the increase calls for service, dedicated service is going to provide proactive patrols, decreased response time; it will prevent and deter criminal activity," Panas said. "We will have the ability to enforce traffic and parking violations for the community. The law enforcement officer is going to have more significant knowledge of the community and recognition of the citizens and residents. The deputy will be able to do building, business and residential checks, and ultimately provide a safer environment not only for the citizens, but also for the fire personnel when they respond to residents.”
Lisbon Village Administrator/Clerk Matt Janecke explained where the funding will come from.
"We’re going to write it into the budget because there is a tax levy available for a dedicated third-shift officer," Janecke said.
Prior to the board's decision to use the tax levy, discussion was made on whether an advisory referendum should be held, which the board did not take action on.