Bowling for the Badge
Saturday, August 18th at
New Berlin Ale House & Bowl
Board Meetings - Third Thursday of every month at New Berlin Municipal Court Room
Mission and Purpose
To support the New Berlin Police Department and law enforcement.
To bring together graduates of the New Berlin Police Citizens Academy, to improve relations between the New Berlin Police Department and the civilian community in all phases of law enforcement activities, and to further the goals and objectives of the New Berlin Police Department.
CHIEF RIEDER’S HISTORICAL REVIEW
Anniversaries are a good time for reflection and this year marks our fiftieth year of service to the City of New Berlin. To commemorate the occasion we have adopted the motto ‘Protecting with Courage and Serving with Compassion’ as it best embodies not only what we do, but how we do it.
Fifty years ago, the newly appointed New Berlin Police Officers each received 40 hours of training before going out on patrol. Today, officers attend 720 hours of academy training, and must successfully complete four months of field training before going solo.
Fifty years ago, officers carried a six shot .38 caliber revolver and a wooden baton to defend themselves and others against attack. Today, officers carry a semi-automatic pistol, have immediate access to a semi-automatic rifle, and are armed with an array of less than lethal force options including pepper spray and electronic control devices. Bullet resistant vests and shields are also part of their defense systems.
Fifty years ago, officers did not carry portable radios and the police radio in their car had perhaps two channels. Today, officers carry a portable radio on their duty belt that is programmed to allow them to communicate with hundreds of other police, fire, and emergency government personnel.
Technology, training, and events over the last 50 years across the globe have undoubtedly changed the way we do police work. The one constant, however, is that police work is still ‘people work’; people serving and protecting other people. That principle will never change and we look forward to serving and protecting people in New Berlin for another 50 years.