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Racine Police Department Reopens Indoor Counter Jan. 24

RACINE – The Racine Police Department (RPD) will reopen its indoor front service counter at 730 Center St. effective Monday. The lobby and service counter were closed earlier this month because of concerns about the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. Racine Police Department announced the change via its Facebook page over the weekend. The […]

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Teen Held in Shooting Incident

RACINE – A 16-year-old male remained in custody Thursday on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide after allegedly shooting at another individual he accused of being “a snitch.” The Racine County District Attorney’s office charged Marcus Ward, 16, with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, five counts of recklessly endangering safety-use of a dangerous weapon, carrying a […]

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Police: Shooting Incident Was Attempted Murder-Suicide

RACINE – The Racine Police Department has determined that a shooting incident at a College Avenue apartment last Friday (January 15) was an attempted murder-suicide. Police reported Wednesday that an investigation indicated that Donta Cook, 49, shot Shelia Adams, 52, before shooting and killing himself. Adams remains hospitalized in stable condition. Police responded to a […]

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Police Urge Caution to Avoid Robbery, Scams

RACINE – With the year-end holidays approaching, the Racine Police Department (RPD) has seen a recent increase in robberies during property exchanges related to online transactions. The RPD offers these suggestions for completing online transactions (such as Facebook Marketplace or Craig’s List) that result in face-to-face exchanges. When meeting with a seller or buyer, use […]

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COP House releases playbook to serve as crime reduction model

RACINE – The Racine Police Department has released the “COP House Playbook” to help other police departments develop a community-oriented policing model that has been credited with contributing to the city’s historically low crime rates. The 132-page digital book discusses how law enforcement can enlist community resources to build and operate Community Oriented Policing (COP) […]

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Racine Police Offering Free Firearm Safety Kits; High Counts of Illegal Weapons Seen

RACINE – The Racine Police Department, in partnership with Project ChildSafe, is offering free firearm safety kits starting this week. All safety kits include a cable-style gun lock and safety instruction brochure. The kits will be available starting Wednesday (Oct. 7), while supplies last, at the Ernest and Bernice Styberg COP House, 2347 Anthony Lane. […]

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Racine Police Department to distribute PPE

The Racine Police Department (RPD) announced Thursday that officers would distribute all-natural hand sanitizer and face masks to the community from their squad cars. Officers who are out in Racine’s neighborhoods every day will be handing out hand sanitizer and masks while supplies last. The overall goal is to create a safer and healthier Racine. […]

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Letter to the Editor: The complexities of reforming the City of Racine’s law enforcement agencies

Although I agree that some officers of the Racine Police Department undoubtedly need to undergo resocialization training as it pertains to their dealings with the city’s Black population, I think it is imperative that the training is facilitated by local specialists. Let me be clear from the start, this applies to officers of all races […]