As Chief of Police, it is an honor to serve the Eau Claire community and lead our police department. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in Eau Claire by partnering with the community to solve problems, reduce crime and disorder, safeguard individual rights, and improve public safety. With 157 members of the police department, including 100 sworn Police Officers, the ECPD is a data driven intelligence led policing organization focused on the tenets of community policing. We focus on building and maintaining relationships across all of Eau Claire's diverse neighborhoods, and know maintaining the public's trust is crucial to our efforts. Please feel free to contact me directly with any thoughts, feedback, or suggestions on how the department can better serve the community.
Please don’t drink and drive: It ruins so many lives!
Last evening a mother was out riding her bike southbound on Starr Avenue while her teenage daughter was running beside her on the sidewalk. A southbound SUV driven by Jack W. Swenson (23yo) was traveling at a high rate of speed and struck the bicyclist from behind. After striking the pedestrian, Swenson continued southbound and struck a parked car, 6 mailboxes, and a fire hydrant. This disabled his SUV. A Deputy with the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office was nearby and stopped Swenson. Bystanders provided medical aid to the victim until EMS arrived on the scene. Swenson was arrested for OWI causing injury, Felony Hit and Run, and numerous traffic citations.
The victim is in critical but stable condition.
Duckling rescue! This morning a bystander called concerned about ducklings in the area of Hwy 53 and Golf Rd. Their momma got hit: the ducklings were lost and close to going into traffic. Our CSOs responded and safely gathered all 13 ducklings!
Of course, the ducklings broke out of jail during transport - but they were safely apprehended 😉They are going to a great home that can rehabilitate them until they are ready to go out on their own.