Chief and Staff

Chief’s Message

Dear Friends,

Thank you for visiting our site.  I hope you find it to be a useful resource in learning more about our agency, the services we provide, and how to reach us.  While there is an abundance of information to assimilate, there is one main reflection I hope you will leave this site with - Darlington Police Officers are committed to preserving your safety and happiness.

I am honored to lead such a progressive agency comprised of a staff who apply the utmost excellence, integrity, and initiative every day they work.  Every full-time officer employed by this agency is a resident of Darlington and I believe their passion for the community in which they work and reside is apparent in the friendly, caring, and professional manner they carry out their duties every day.

Please, never hesitate to involve us with your concerns.  We are committed to the philosophy of community-oriented policing whereby we place considerable value in responses that are preventive in nature, rather than reactive, and that engage other public agencies, the community, and the private sector in addressing concerns before they become problems.  The fact is, we cannot do this job without you.

In closing, I would simply like to thank you once again for visiting our site.  Please visit often as it will be updated frequently.  I wish each of you continued safety and happiness in all your future endeavors.

Very Truly Yours,
Jason King
Chief of Police

Chief of Police

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Jason King

Phone: (608) 776-4981
Email: [email protected]

Chief Jason King is a life-long resident of Darlington and a graduate of the Darlington High School. He possesses a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Wisconsin in Platteville. Chief King began with the Darlington Police Department in October of 1993 as part of their field training program and started patrol work in April of 1994 thanks to a federal work-study grant program. In addition to his college education, Chief King has acquired thousands of hours of continuing education and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Extension's Community Leadership Alliance and the University of Wisconsin Law School's Problem Oriented Leadership Institute for Chief Executives.

"In a republic that honors the core ideals of democracy, the greatest amount of power is given to those called Guardians.  Only those with the most impeccable character are given the responsibility of protecting the democracy."  - Plato

Meet the guardians of your hometown Police Department

Police Officer

Benjamin Conway

Benjamin Conway & Kilo

Serving Since 2011

Day Shift Operations and K-9 Unit
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Emergency Medical Responder
Firefighter

Phone: (608) 776-4984
Email: [email protected]

Police Officer

Riley

Riley Schmidt

Serving Since 2020

Night Shift Operations
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

Phone: (608) 776-4983
Email: [email protected]

Police Officer

Zach Keister

Zach Keister

Serving Since 2014

Day Shift Operations
Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice
Emergency Medical Responder
Firefighter

Phone: (608) 776-4982
Email: [email protected]

Police Officer

Jared Weier

Serving Since 2015

Part-time Police Officer
Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice
Emergency Medical Responder

Email: [email protected]

Police Officer

Nicholas Mantsch

Nicholas Mantsch

Serving Since 2016

Night Shift Operations
Bachelor Degree in Resource Management - Law Enforcement
Emergency Medical Responder

Phone: (608) 776-4985
Email: [email protected]

Police Officer

Szvon Conway

Serving Since 1998

Part-time Police Officer
Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

Email: [email protected]

Executive Secretary

Mary Polkinghorn

Mary Polkinghorn

Serving Since 2003

22 years in the banking industry prior to service
Phone: (608) 776-4970
Email: [email protected]

On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust.  I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions.  I will always uphold the constitution, my community, and the agency I serve.

Darlington Police Officers

K-9 Unit

The City of Darlington Police Department established their very first K-9 Unit in 2010.

The City of Darlington Police Department welcomed Officer Ben Conway to the force as its new K-9 Handler in 2012.

If you would like to donate there are several options.  You may donate using PayPal by clicking on the donation link - or - you may drop off a donation at the Municipal Building - or - you may mail a donation:

Darlington Police K-9 Unit

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627 Main Street
Darlington, WI  53530

How can a Darlington Police Department K-9 Unit help you?  K-9 Units are used in big cities and small towns all across America.  K-9 Units can search for missing people, like children or mentally ill people.  K-9 Units protect police officers and citizens from physical attack.  K-9 Units search for drugs in cars and help to keep our schools’ drug-free.  K-9 Units can be used to search for criminals who have fled or to search buildings for burglars.  These are just a few examples of how the Darlington Police Department K-9 Unit can help you.

Now, won't you please help the K-9 Unit?  Donate Today.

Meet Kilo

Kilo

Chief King, Officer Conway and Kilo give presentations at DEMS

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Thank you, DRA, for donating $2,349 to construct a kennel for our new K-9 Unit!

Honorary Handler: $4,000 Donation

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Honorary Handler: WI Department of Justice $7,349 Grant

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