Captain Timothy R. Gauerke
Captain Timothy Gauerke began his law enforcement career at the Marquette University Police Department (then Department of Public Safety) in 2000 and served as a patrol officer, corporal, and sergeant.
In 2006 Captain Gauerke joined the Milwaukee Police Department, graduated the police academy and was awarded the Chief’s Leadership Award. He was first assigned to District 5 and served as a beat and bicycle patrol officer in the Riverwest, Harambee, Borchert Field, and Amani neighborhoods.
In 2014 he was promoted to sergeant and worked at District 7 on Late Power Shift. After supervising patrol at District 7, he became the Department’s Public Information Officer. While there he worked with the media and maintained the department’s social media platforms and web sites.
He then returned to patrol and was assigned to District 1 in 2018 and led the department’s “Code Red” program. During his time there, he collaborated with bar and restaurant owners, Downtown Business Improvement Districts, and city government to ensure a safe and vibrant nightlife for residents and visitors to Milwaukee.
In 2020 he was promoted to lieutenant and remained at District 1 further overseeing the entertainment district and Late Shift. In 2021, he was transferred to District 3 Day Shift until his promotion to Captain of Police in February of 2022. Captain Gauerke is currently the commander of the Homicide Division.
Captain Gauerke graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts degree from Marquette University focusing on Criminology and Sociology. He is a State of Wisconsin certified Defensive and Arrest Tactics and Scenario instructor and frequently trains police recruits in those topics.
Captain Gauerke spends his time away from work with his wife and two children, volunteering with their various sports and dance events. He is active on his church council, enjoys outdoor activities, physical fitness, and raising several dogs and a small flock of chickens.