A Kenosha Police Detective with an otherwise unblemished record, has received a 20-day unpaid suspension from Chief Patrick Patton. Detective Daniel DeJonge, a sensitive crimes detective with 23 years on the job, was suspended for 20 days on July 18, 2023 for violating KPD Policy 17.4 (D) Use of Equipment which states that “The use of any City equipment or facility for non-City purposes at any time is expressly prohibited.”
KCE has learned that on May 10, 2023, while off duty, DeJonge was driving his KPD squad car in Racine County a couple of hours before his shift was to start. A Michigan woman rear-ended DeJonge and caused a serious crash. She was cited for Unreasonable and Imprudent Speed and Deviating from Lane of Traffic. The squad car was totaled and valued at approximately $8,000. DeJonge was not cited.
Body-worn-camera obtained by KCE, showed Detective DeJonge immediately called KPD supervision and notified them of the crash and admitted that he was in the wrong for being in the car.
An internal investigation was conducted and Chief Patton suspended DeJonge for 20 days. DeJonge did not challenge the suspension that will appear on Tuesday’s Police and Fire Commission meeting agenda.
KCE spoke to a couple of Kenosha Police officers who said that DeJonge is a hardworking and dedicated Detective who works very sensitive and stressful cases, from molestation to child pornography. Patton couldn’t comment on specifics but did say that he takes violations of KPD police seriously and pointed out DeJonge’s long history of following the rules.
Other employees of the City of Kenosha have been disciplined for similar conduct. There have been no terminations for such violations.