New Recruits: Women Outnumber Men
May 26, 2011
First Class Of Its Kind In MPD History
The Madison Police Department (MPD) is proud to announce that a new recruit class will begin their comprehensive training on Tuesday, May 31st, following a ceremonial oath-of-office presentation that will take place at 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Chambers of the State Capital.
Over 1600 applicants competed for fifteen recruit officer positions. The individuals who rose to the top of the selection process are as follows:
Ms. Alan was employed as a police officer for a local department.
Mr. Baker was employed as a police officer for a local department.
Mr. Conrad was employed in customer service for a retail franchise.
Ms. Fahrenbruch was employed as a police officer for a university in Virginia.
Ms. Hollenback was employed as a fitness supervisor/instructor.
Mr. Keys was employed as a respite worker at a family/children's center based in Minnesota.
Mr. Martinez was employed in the insurance industry.
Mr. Moeser was employed in the restaurant industry and also worked as a autism therapist.
Mr. Pailing was employed as a youth mentor in Minnesota.
Ms. Rogers was employed as a high school girls varsity basketball coach and as a nanny.
Ms. Rueth was employed as a site worker for Independent Living.
Mr. Strachota was employed as a police officer in Maryland.
Ms. Thompson was employed as a fitness instructor and foster care parent.
Ms. Troumbly was employed as a forest firefighter in Arizona.
Ms. Zimdars was employed as a Spanish teacher.
The class "biographical" profile reflects a group that has an average age of about 29 years-old, possess a Bachelor's degree (three have Master's), and have significant life, work, and community service experiences. Over seventy-percent of the group is women and people of color, and this is the first class in MPD history where there are more women than men.
Recruit officers will be trained in a host of topic areas including criminal law and procedure, investigations, relational skills, community policing and problem solving strategies, professional communications, defense and arrest tactics, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, vehicle contacts and report writing . These subject areas are but a small sampling of courses that will be covered in great depth over the course of six months.
Following the pre-service Academy, each recruit will be paired with a veteran officer for three months of practical application street training before being assigned to one of MPD's various districts and shifts.
- Joel DeSpain, 266-4897