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Sun Prairie Police Department, Wisconsin
Friday April 12th, 2019 :: 08:28 a.m. CDT


Sun Prairie Police Department 2018 Annual Report

Dear Community Members, Elected Officials, Colleagues and Friends,

The Sun Prairie Police Department’s 2018 annual report summarizes and highlights the relationship building and problem solving that we engage in to help keep our community safe and strong. Thank you for turning to the report to learn more about us.

Our department will forever be altered by the events of July 10th. That evening, downtown Sun Prairie experienced a gas leak and subsequent explosion that resulted in the loss of life, varying degrees of injuries, and considerable public and private property damage.

Moving forward, it is our sincere hope that this tragedy will result in a serious evaluation of regulatory language pertaining to the responsibilities of those engaged in utility work. Advancements to public safety are available, and I can think of no better way to honor the service and sacrifice of Captain Barr of the Sun Prairie Fire Department.

As I have in the past, I would like to express my deep appreciation for the courageous efforts of our firefighters, paramedics, and police officers to assist those in harm’s way, both before and after the explosion. We will never know how many lives were saved, but we do know that about 250 people were evacuated from the immediate area prior to the explosion.

Also, I would like to extend my gratitude to my fellow community members for the overwhelming care and concern you extended to the Barr family, the injured, the displaced, the devastated, and the first responders. We will not forget your kindness and support.

Communities are judged by several things. Public safety is near the top of the list. The highly talented and dedicated members of our department remain committed to making Sun Prairie a safe and enjoyable place to live and visit by policing in a creative, fair, and effective manner.

See you around town!

Patrick Anhalt
Chief of Police

The 2018 annual report can be accessed on the police department’s website:

Sun Prairie Police Department, Wisconsin
300 East Main Street
Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 608-837-7336

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