… we have a small favor to ask. Thousands of people have placed their trust in the Racine County Eye’s high-impact journalism because we focus on solutions-based journalism.

With no shareholders or billionaire owners, we can provide trustworthy journalism that focuses on helping readers.

Unlike many others, Racine County Eye’s journalism is available for everyone to read, regardless of what they can afford to pay. We do this because we believe in information equality. Greater numbers of people can keep track of events, understand their impact on people and communities, and become inspired to take meaningful action.

If there were ever a time to join us, it is now. Every contribution, however big or small, powers our journalism and sustains our future. Support the Racine County Eye from as little as $5 – it only takes a minute. Thank you.


Your contribution is appreciated.

Sturtevant police officers will have new tools to better enable them to do their jobs thanks to some grant monies and a new partnership with the Racine Police Department.

Police Chief Sean Marschke told trustees earlier this month that his department will receive a $4,000 traffic safety grant from the state Department of Transportation earmarked for equipment.

“We will purchase wearable cameras for all officers to better record and preserve evidence from the stops and calls they encounter throughout their shift,” he said.

Additionally, officer overtime will be covered at 100 percent by a grant shared with the Mount Pleasant Police Department for intersection enforcement. Marschke said MPPD is the fiscal agent for the funds, and the goal of the grant is to reduce the number of drivers who run red lights, aren’t wearing seat belts and generally practicing unsafe habits.

“This is a regional and cooperative approach that we expect to work well,” he added.

SPD is now a part of Code Red with the Racine Police Department, which allows department leadership to communicate will all officers at the same time through an alert to their smart phone. Marschke compared Code Red to a reverse 911 system; instead of calls coming in, these calls go out to officers.

“This allows much faster communication throughout the department when the need arises,” he said.

The Village of Greendale uses the system, and says on the village’s website that Code Red, “can alert residents, businesses and visitors about potential emergency circumstances and rapidly notify specific geographical areas by telephone with minimal impact on emergency services personnel.”

Marschke said he anticipates in the near future opening up the Code Red system to village staff and the village board. Including residents could also be a possibility if grant money to fund the expansion becomes available.

In other news, the Sturtevant Police Commission will meet Wednesday to discuss potential candidates for the village’s police department.

Sturtevant currently utilizes a mix of full time and part time officers to patrol the village. Not only does that give the department more flexibility with staffing, part time staffing saves the village money because part time officers are only paid when they’re on-duty and they do not qualify for benefits.

Marschke introduced the idea to hire four part time officers the village board in 2012 as a creative way to maintain coverage after two officers – one full time and one part time – resigned earlier that year. Since then, one of those officers was hired on full time, but another has been on long-term medical leave.

Marschke confirmed for Racine County Eye that Commission members are only discussing options in case the officer on medical leave is unable to return to duty.

The police commission meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Village Hall, 2801 89th Street. Call (262) 886-7200.

Advertising disclosure
To support our site and content, we work with partners to present valuable offers to help you save, earn, and get ahead. We may be compensated for the purchase of goods and services made through the links in this offer program.
Offers for you
Curated offers for our readers
advertiser disclosure
Coding for kids! Introducing programming games for the next generation. Get your kids coding today.
Start with a free trial.
Start with a free trial.

Get your students coding in no time!

CodeMonkey is a fun and educational game-based environment where kids learn to code without any prior experience. After completing CodeMonkey's award-winning coding courses, kids will be able to navigate through the programming world with a sense of confidence and accomplishment.

Kids will love learning to code with CodeMonkey

  • Ready to Go Courses. With CodeMonkey’s teacher kit and support team, anyone can teach the basics of computer science.
  • Real Coding Languages. CodeMonkey's courses teach text-based coding so students learn to program like a real developer.
  • Game-Based Learning. Kids learn coding in an engaging and rewarding environment that utilizes gaming elements.

Free Trial - Enjoy a full-blown gaming experience that will teach your kids to code!

One reply on “Grants Help Sturtevant PD Step Up Patrol”