Tomorrow (Saturday, 11/11) is Veteran's Day. This is a time for us to collectively pause and acknowledge those men and women who selflessly serve(d), protecting and defending our nation and our freedom. There will be a ceremony held in the Capitol rotunda at 10 am that I plan on attending and I hope that all of you will take a moment to reflect and to thank those service women and men that you come into contact with.
At MPD, we have 62 commissioned/non-commissioned employees who have been in the military or are currently active. I am deeply gratified that they have chosen to continue their careers with us and we have consistently benefitted from their life experiences and the leadership traits they have honed through military service.
Veteran's Day originated as "Armistice Day" on November 11, 1919, marking the first anniversary of the end of World War 1. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. While "Memorial Day" pays tribute to those military veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, "Veteran's Day" provides us with the opportunity to honor all American veterans--living or dead. Here are some interesting facts I learned about our veteran's population in the United States:
- 16.1 million living veterans served during at least one war
- 5.2 million veterans served in peacetime
- 2 million veterans are women
- 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War
- 5.5 million veterans served during the Persian Gulf War
- Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 558,000 are still alive
- 2 million veterans served during the Korean War
- 6 million veterans served in peacetime
- As of 2014, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities
- As of 2014, 3 states have more than 1 million veterans among their population: California (1.8 million), Florida (1.6 million) and Texas (1.7 million)
- The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets
In summary, don't forget to thank a "vet!"
From 5:30 a.m. on 11/09/2017 through 5:30 a.m. on 11/10/2017, MPD received 408 calls for service. This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials.
1) EAST: Adult Arrested Person – 9:01 a.m. Officers responded to Wintergreen Drive reference a check property/check welfare request by the caller/property owner who was concerned about unauthorized persons on the property. Officers responded and made a consent entry where drug paraphernalia was prevalent along with a loaded handgun. Officers contacted six individuals and three were ultimately arrested (34 year old WF and 25 year old AAM for warrants and a 29 year old WF for a probation hold).
2) WEST: Threats Complaint – 10:26 a.m. Officers responded to a business on Deming Way where the caller reported a threatening message had been written on a mirror in the bathroom. Officers conducted a walk-through of the business and did not observe anything else suspicious. No suspect information. Investigation continuing.
3) CENTRAL: Attempt to Locate Person – 10:34 a.m. Officers responded to the area of University Ave regarding a patient/subject who left a local hospital against medical advice. The subject (38 year old AAM) is wanted by MPD on charges of domestic battery, disorderly conduct and bail jumping. Area checked. Subject not initially located. The subject was located later in the day and taken into custody.
4) CENTRAL: Domestic Disturbance – 1:31 p.m. Officers responded to Riverside Drive for a domestic disturbance between two subjects (19 year old WM suspect and 46 year old WF victim). The suspect went to the home of his mother, whom he does not reside with, and damaged the property, caused a disturbance and pushed his mother. This was after the mother contacted her son's mental health provider regarding concerns for the mental welfare of her son. The suspect made suicidal comments and left the home in a vehicle. Officers attempted a traffic stop but the suspect would not stop. The officers did not pursue the vehicle. The suspect crashed his vehicle on John Nolen Drive where he was subsequently arrested. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. He was then transported to Winnebago under an emergency detention order. The suspect has pending charges of domestic disorderly conduct (2 counts) and criminal damage to property.
5) CENTRAL: Crash with Injuries – 4:28 p.m. Officers received a report that a pedestrian (WF) was struck by a vehicle in the crosswalk at N. Park St/Spring St. The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital by a passerby with minor injuries. The suspect vehicle did not remain on the scene. Investigation continuing.
6) EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 5:19 p.m. Officers responded to Thierer Road for a domestic disturbance between two subjects (54 year old AAM victim and 56 year old AAM victim). Two verbal arguments on this date culminated into a physical altercation where the suspect repeatedly punched the victim. Both parties were heavily intoxicated. The suspect was arrested for domestic battery.
7) NORTH: Drug Incident Overdose – 6:51 p.m. Officers responded to School Road for a subject (65 year old AAM) having an overdose. EMS administered Naloxone to the subject which revived him. The subject was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation. The subject was cited for possession of heroin and provided a referral to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI).
8) CENTRAL: Check Welfare – 7:27 p.m. Officers received a call from a subject (18 year old male) who was suicidal. The subject would not provide his location. Officers used multiple means to locate the subject who they eventually found in the 1800 block of Fordem Ave. The subject was transported to a local hospital where he was admitted voluntarily for a mental health evaluation. Officers spent approximately 3 hours on this call to verify and assist with this subject.
9) EAST: Missing Adult – 10:45 p.m. Officers responded to the 1000 block of S. Thompson Drive for a report of a missing subject (50 year old AAF) who suffers from some mental health concerns. Area checked. Attempt to locate aired. The subject was listed as missing in the appropriate databases. Investigation continuing.
10) EAST: Weapons Offense – 11:41 p.m. A subject (55 year old WM) approached an officer in the East District. The subject indicated he had accidently shot himself in the leg while cleaning a gun. The subject was transported to a local hospital. Injury not considered to be life threatening. Investigation continuing.
11) NORTH: Weapons Offense – 12:14 a.m. Officers responded to Kipling Dr/Browning Rd for a report that a subject had been shot. Officers responded to the area and could not find anyone with injuries or that knew what occurred. The original caller was not able to be contacted. Approximately 25 minutes later a local hospital reported that a subject showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound. The victim is a 21 year male. Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) plugged in. Investigation continuing.
12) CENTRAL: Check Welfare – 12:50 a.m. Officers responded to the 500 block of W. Washington Ave to check the welfare of a suicidal subject (20 year old WF). The subject was transported to a local hospital where she was voluntarily admitted.