Like other Wisconsin law enforcement agencies, the two officers on the Washington Island Police Department make sure people are celebrating the holidays smartly and safely. Chief Tyler McGrane says that's fairly easy because, unlike summer, the nearly 24-square mile or nearly 61-square kilometer island attracts only a few familiar visitors who share a familiar winter hang out.
Chief McGrane says he and Officer Gary Schultz do have events like the New Year's Day Polar Bear plunge at Schoolhouse Beach and a trap shoot at the Sportsman's Club. Once those events are done, McGrane and Schultz make the best of their wintertime routine.
That's because such training sessions and time off become rare during summer vacation season.