Plover Police Department was established in 1975 with the
hiring of its first Police Chief, and in 1980, moved from
a one-room office into new quarters in the present day Municipal
Center. At that time the department consisted of the Police
Chief and three patrol officers. The present day police department
is located in an addition built in 1993 on the south end of
the Municipal center.
Dwayne D. Wierzba was appointed
Chief of Police in 2006, and leads the department, which consists
of a Lieutenant, two Sergeants, two Detectives, a Community
Service Officer, twelve fulltime officers, and one reserve
officer. An Office Manager, one Office Assistant and a Court
Liaison comprise the civilian staff. The department provides
services 24 hours per day, with office hours of 7:00AM to
5:00PM, Monday thru Friday.
Plover Police and Fire Commission oversee the operations of
the police department. Formed in 1986 to comply with State
law, the Commission consists of five Village residents that
are appointed by the Village President.
The police mission revolves around the necessity of maintaining
social order. To achieve this goal, the department combines
its human resources with the newest technology. The Village
is patrolled by five marked, uniform squad cars, two unmarked
cars and an administrative vehicle employed for various community-oriented
projects. Weather permitting, the Department also adds bicycle
patrols to expand visibility and patrol capabilities.
The Department is continually upgrading procedures to deliver
service to the community. New in 2001 is a Police Department
Web Page, which includes several interactive pages dealing
with Crime Stoppers, Most Wanted, Lost & Found and Safety
Tips. The pages include Frequently Asked Questions and Ordinances
to provide information to the public.
The Police Department has a firm commitment to provide the
best services to all citizens, from children to the elderly.
Officers make regular visits to our local schools, providing
safety presentations and at times just to promote a positive
attitude among our children by handing out baseball and football
cards. The Department also participates in the Portage County
Triad program, which provides crime prevention, personal protection
and other information and services to our elderly.
The Police Department web page was initiated in 2001 to provide
information to the public about department operations and
activities. In 2003 the Department received a Locater computer
system through a grant sponsored by the National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children and the Office of Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention. This computer and software
allows the department near instant contact with a network
of justice agencies across the United States for the purpose
of receiving and sending information on missing children.
The system can print a poster, and using email, disseminate
anywhere in the country to provide information on missing
children or persons or other pertinent crime information.
In 2005 the department added in-car Mobil Data Computers,
allowing access to information previously available only in