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‘Only major difference is that we wear brown:’ Mazomanie’s contracted deputy shares experience as Village of Brooklyn nears transition

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BROOKLYN (WKOW) -- On March 6, the Village of Brooklyn will no longer have a police department. Instead, a deputy will be contracted to provide police services to the community.

On Monday, Dane County's Personnel and Finance Committee approved a contract to provide services to Brooklyn.

On Feb. 1, the village board voted to replace its police department, citing liability costs for keeping a police department. Under the new model, Dane County Sheriff's Office would hold all liability responsibilities. Many community members were upset over the board's decision -- many worried the quality of policing would suffer and that the relationship between law enforcement and the community's youth would be impacted.

But other communities in Dane County have already been doing this, including Mazomanie.

Deputy Kyle Keller has been contracted as a deputy for the Village of Mazomanie since 2018. Prior to that, Keller was a part-time officer for another community in Wisconsin. He says his daily routine is very similar to that of a police officer. He works full-time, 6 days in a row followed by 3 days off. He is one of two deputies contracted by Mazomanie. He says the only difference between his job and that of an officer is that he wears brown instead of black.

"So we integrate ourselves into the community just like a municipal police department would, I mean, we work there full time. And you know, that area is our primary patrol area. We're the ones that respond to the calls there," said Keller.

The Village of Mazomanie has been contracting deputies since 2003.

Matthew Cash

Senior Executive Producer

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