Today's preamble to the blog will be a well-deserved "shout out" of recognition to University of Wisconsin Law Professor (Emeritus) Herman Goldstein. It was recently announced that Goldstein is the 2018 winner of the Stockholm prize in criminology. The Stockholm prize celebrates Professor Goldstein's global impact on the improvement of policing. I could easily argue that Goldstein may be the world's most influential scholar on studying police, police culture, and urging a paradigm shift which focused more on improving outcomes by means of "problem oriented" stratagems.
Madison was truly blessed to have Goldstein as a member of the UW Law School faculty--the only non-lawyer in their midst at the pinnacle of his research and publication days. By establishing Goldstein as an institutional presence in the law school, I give the UW huge plaudits for having had the progressive vision to acknowledge the role of police in a free society and understanding that the police HAVE to be studied as the proverbial "gatekeepers" to the entire criminal justice system. (However, I am disappointed in the UW Law School for not maintaining this leadership role and allowing Mike Scott---another incredibly thoughtful and scholarly face influencing discussions on the police and the successor to Goldstein---to get away by not maintaining funding for this position).
Names like Goldstein, Scott, Robert Trojanowicz (Michigan State University), and former Chief David C. Couper are all icons which have informed my philosophy on community policing and will forever be etched on my personal "Mt. Rushmore" of luminaries who have moved the needle on a field that is classically trained in being "traditional" and "reactive." So it is with great pride that MPD can point to three movers and shakers that have indelibly influenced the landscape of our department as well as our profession!
From 5:30 a.m. on 11/06/2017 through 5:30 a.m. on 11/07/2017, MPD received 407 calls for service. This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials.
1) NORTH: Check Person – 10:12 a.m. Officers responded to the 1700 block of Wright Street to check the welfare of a subject (42 year old HM) who was making threatening statements. When officers contacted the subject, he threatened to harm officers. The subject was taken into protective custody and transported to a local hospital for an evaluation. Journey Mental Health consulted. Investigation continuing.
2) EAST: Attempt to Locate Person – 11:26 a.m. Officers responded to the area of Woodvale Dr/Academy Dr for a wanted subject (16 year old AAM) in the area. The suspect is wanted for resisting and possession of weapon charges. Officers observed the suspect who fled from them when they attempted contact. Area checked and suspect not located. Another call was made to dispatch that the suspect was observed in the 4700 block of Cottage Grove Road. Area checked and suspect not located. Investigation continuing.
3) SOUTH: Stalking Complaint – 12:54 p.m. Officers responded to the 2100 block of S. Park Street where a subject (20 year old HF) reported being stalked by her ex-boyfriend (27 year old AAM). Investigation continuing.
4) SOUTH: Death Investigation – 3:10 p.m. Officers responded to a south side residence for a deceased subject (88 year old WM). Medical Examiner responded to the scene.
5) WEST: Death Investigation – 4:42 p.m. Officers responded to a west side residence along with MFD for a deceased subject (68 year old AM). Nothing suspicious noted on scene. Medical Examiner responded.
6) EAST: Hit and Run Crash – 6:05 p.m. Officers responded to E. Washington Ave/Marquette where two victims (18 year old AAF and 11 month old AAF) were hit by a vehicle as they walked across the street. The suspect vehicle then then fled the area. Both victims transported to the hospital for injuries, all non-life threatening. Press release completed. Investigation continuing.
7) NORTH: Missing/Runaway Juvenile – 7:29 p.m. Officers responded to the 2200 block of E. Washington Ave for a report of a missing juvenile (15 year old AAF). Attempt to locate aired and the juvenile was listed as missing in the appropriate databases.
8) CENTRAL: Weapons Offense – 11:00 p.m. Officers responded to the 300 block of S. Bassett Street for a report of shots fired. Casings located nearby a residence and evidence of damage to the residence was located. No injuries discovered. Press release completed. Investigation continuing.
9) EAST: Weapons Offense – 2:43 a.m. Officers responded to the 1700 block of Thierer Rd for a report of a subject armed with a knife. Contact was made with the suspect (34 year old AAF) and victim (38 year old AAM). The suspect reportedly sprayed the victim with OC spray while holding a knife and threatening to stab him. Witness statements were consistent with the victim's account. The suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct while armed and using OC spray to cause bodily harm. Investigation continuing.