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OFFICE: 608-374-7400

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03-21-14: Here is the first Tomah Police Department - Facebook - FUGITIVE FRIDAY - Check it out!


The Tomah Police Department is currently accepting applications for a full-time Police Officer. Check out the recruitment page HERE for the application packet. Applications must be received in person or postmarked by March 21, 2014 at 4:00PM.


State Patrol - Law of the Month

Move Over Law: Drivers must provide a safety zone for stopped law enforcement and other emergency vehicles

During winter months, law enforcement officers, tow truck operators and emergency responders often must battle the elements while rescuing motorists and removing vehicles that have slid off icy roads or crashed. Although functioning in frigid conditions can be hazardous, the greatest danger to these workers is being hit by vehicles traveling at high speeds just a few feet away.

To create a safety zone for workers on the side of highways, Wisconsin’s Move Over Law requires drivers to shift lanes if possible or at least slow down when encountering a law enforcement vehicle, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck or highway maintenance vehicle that is stopped on the side of a road with its warning lights flashing.

 “On interstate highways and other divided roads with multiple directional lanes, you must move over to vacate the lane closest to the law enforcement or other emergency vehicle if you can safely switch lanes,” says State Patrol Superintendent Stephen Fitzgerald. “If the road has a single directional lane or you can’t safely move over because of traffic, you must reduce your speed until safely past the vehicle.”

 A citation for a Move Over Law violation costs $263.50 with three demerit points added to your license. But the greatest danger of a violation is not an expensive fine. In 2013, passing vehicles hit 10 State Patrol vehicles parked on the side of a roadway. In four of those crashes, the officers were inside their vehicles. There were many more near misses of officers. A recent dash cam video from a State Patrol cruiser shows a Move Over Law violation that came shockingly close to seriously injuring a trooper during a traffic stop. The video is available on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s You Tube channel. (

“Law enforcement officers are well trained and equipped to protect themselves. But they are at serious risk of being hit by passing vehicles nearly every time they stop or assist a motorist. Failure of drivers to create a safety zone by moving over or slowing down is one of the major reasons that motor vehicle crashes kill more law enforcement officers on duty than any other cause. Tow truck operators, highway maintenance workers and emergency responders also are killed and injured when drivers don’t move over or slow down,” says Superintendent Fitzgerald “By obeying the Move Over Law, drivers can protect themselves, their passengers, our officers and others who work on highways from serious injuries and deaths.”


Ordinance Information:

The Tomah Police Department will be working to educate the citizens of our great community on different ordinances. As of late, we have focused on buildings within the City of Tomah that don't have building numbers ...displayed as described in the ordinance below. If contact is not made with the property owner a warning/notice will be placed in a mailbox or other conspicuous location. Whether contact is made or not a warning will be issued for tracking purposes and enforcement action, if necessary. The property owner will have 15 days to correct the violation. If a property owner needs additional time they need to contact the Tomah Police Department.

Please go to and at the top of the page there is a link for ‘MUNICIPAL CODE.' This is a very handy tool to quickly locate ordinances concerning the City of Tomah. Enter a key word into the search bar and you’ll get results that should allow you to quickly locate the desired information.

I will be overseeing this project and any questions or concerns can be directed to me at 608-374-7512 or by email at Let’s all work together to make this community better than it already is. We thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Ord. Sec. 10-6. Building numbers.

(a) Generally. All buildings in the city shall be assigned a building number by the public works department. The assigned number shall be displayed on the front of the building. The assigned number shall be displayed in contrasting colors. The number shall be four inches or larger.

(b) Commercial buildings. Any commercial building with a public entrance fronting an alley shall display the building number at that location. The number shall be four inches or larger.

Sergeant Eric Pedersen

10-11-13: Alternate side parking is right around the corner beginning on November 1, 2013. Please remember to follow the parking restrictions below. Failure to follow the night restricted parking may result in a parking ticket being issued. Thank you!

Night restricted parking.  After the hour of 2:00 a.m. and before 6:00 a.m., motor vehicles or any other type of vehicle shall be parked on even-numbered calendar dates on the side of the street where the dwellings are even-numbered and on days having odd-numbered calendar dates on the side of the street having odd-numbered dwellings. This provision shall be effective between November 1 and April 1 following each year. The effective calendar date shall be determined as of the date at 2:00 a.m. The provisions of this subsection shall apply to all streets in the city except as otherwise specified herein.

11-10-12: Just a reminder of the new speed limit change on North Superior Avenue. The speed limit is 30MPH from Larkin Street to the Railroad tracks. Speed citations may result if you are stopped by Police. CLICK HERE FOR THE TOMAH JOURNAL ARTICLE

03-13-12: The Tomah Police Department has recently joined the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. Information from law enforcement will come right to your email, cell phone text, or fax machine, in real time when you need it most. The Wisconsin Crime Alert Network is used for: Crime Prevention, Finding Stolen Property, Identifying Suspects, Locating Missing Persons, Notifying public about Police Action. All Alerts are TIMELY, RELEVANT, and ACTIONABLE for the recipient. If you are interested in joining, or for more information, please visit the link below for more details.

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TOMAH DRUG TIP LINE: (608) 374-7510
The Tomah Police Department has created a "Drug Tip Line" as a means for citizens to provide information anonymously regarding the possession or sale of illegal drugs in or around the City of Tomah. Anyone with information is to call the number provided an leave a detailed voicemail. The voicemail will be maintained by the Tomah Police Department Investigator, who will be conducting an appropriate investigation into the matter.


805 Superior Avenue
Tomah, WI  54660

Phone: (608) 374-7400
Fax: (608) 374-7413