SE Regional Coordinator



Tom Czaja is the Southeast RIC. He works out of the Milwaukee Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.


After 39 years in law enforcement, Tom retired from the Fox Point Police Department in 2014, where he served as the Chief of Police for 18 years. Prior to being appointed as the Chief of Police, Tom served as a lieutenant, sergeant, and patrol officer with the Whitefish Bay Police Department. He started his career as a patrol officer with the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Police Department.    


Tom is a past president of the Milwaukee County Law Enforcement Executives Association (MCLEEA), a past president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates, a past vice president of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, and a past president of the Suburban Mutual Assistance Response Teams (SMART).


Tom has been involved in the interoperability initiative since 1998 when he became a member of the WISPERN Governing Board (now the Mutual Aid Frequency Coordination Group) and was chair of the group from 2002 to 2014. Tom was a charter member of the State Interoperability Council appointed by the Governor as the Police Chief Representative in 2005. He served on the Council until 2014, acting as Interim Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. Tom was involved in the development of the original SCIP, which was released in 2007.


Tom holds a Bachelor degree in Criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a graduate of the Wisconsin Certified Manager Program at the University of Wisconsin. He is also a graduate of the 168th session of the FBI National Academy.


For more information about efforts to implement the SCIP in Southeast Wisconsin, please contact Tom at