Tag: Awareness

April 25, 2016 9:00 AM

This coming weekend marks yet another rite of spring . . .the annual passage that I refer to in a whisper (and certainly not for public proclamation) as the dreaded “M” word . . .(Mifflin).  This “block” party has longstanding roots dating back to the anti-war protests of 1969.  … [read more]

March 21, 2016 9:43 AM

What is the Citizen Academy? The Madison Police Department's Citizen Academy is a program that is designed to give the public a working knowledge and understanding of the values, goals, and operations of the City of Madison Police Department. The objective of the Academy is to improve the … [read more]

March 15, 2016 8:24 AM

With his recent visit to Madison, the 14th Dalai Lama spoke again to a packed theater at the Overture Center.  His message was at once simple and profound:  World peace is developed from inner peace, and the foundation for both is love. To best serve as guardians of democracy, police … [read more]

March 8, 2016 8:51 AM

When people ask me for a "forecast" on the future of our City with respect to public safety, I can't help but discuss issues of poverty.  The growing divide is becoming more pronounced between the "have's" and the "have not's."  While it is true that Madison continues to notch more … [read more]

February 26, 2016 3:25 PM

The Madison Police Department’s 23 newest recruit officers will be hitting the streets in early March.  These women and men have completed close to 900 hours of training, conducted over the last five months, prior to field training (the State of Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board … [read more]

February 23, 2016 3:43 PM

The Madison Police Department has long enjoyed a reputation as a national leader in progressive policing with an emphasis on problem solving and community engagement.  Nowhere is this more pronounced than in the vibrant relationship building that is taking place in a number of neighborhoods … [read more]

February 19, 2016 9:10 AM

A little over a year ago, I announced the start of a “pilot” program with the creation of two new units of detectives in 2015 – one for violent crimes (VCU) and one for burglary crimes (BCU).  I chose to focus on violent crimes and burglaries in light of their increased frequency and because … [read more]

February 11, 2016 7:18 AM

Last week, our nationally recognized specialized police response program serving people with mental illness in our community took another leap forward with the addition of a dedicated in-house Crisis Worker from Journey Mental Health Center.  This type of co-located or co-responder model has … [read more]

January 28, 2016 8:56 AM

Since becoming Chief in April of 2014, I am literally tethered to my cell phone, 24-7.  While I have a great team that can negotiate and resolve virtually everything and anything that comes our way, my management style (Management by Walking Around/MBWA) is such that I want to stay plugged … [read more]

January 21, 2016 9:34 AM

In the wake of public demonstrations and protests over police use of force, President Obama created a Task Force of police practitioners and academics to address increasing tensions between local law enforcement and the communities they serve.  In March 2015, The President’s Task Force on … [read more]

January 15, 2016 1:54 PM

The Madison Police Department strives to adhere to policy and purpose of the WI Public Records Law: "...that all persons are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those officers and employees who represent them," and "providing … [read more]

January 8, 2016 8:57 AM

With the new year upon us comes the inevitable ritual where we consider “resolutions” to strive for in 2016.  Both at work as well as at home, I am bombarded by those who are thrusting THEIR suggestions on ME for 2016, to include nonsense such as cutting down on my consumption of … [read more]

November 19, 2015 3:07 PM

Like many of you, I often head off to work in the morning taking the dreaded Beltline (if ever there was a more compelling reason to take the bus, this is prima facie proof)!  Since I am typically in the office downtown between 6:30-7:00 a.m., traffic flow is not at gridlock (yet) and I … [read more]

November 12, 2015 3:02 PM

I have just concluded another round of citywide community forums.  By going to all of the various Districts and bringing the host command staff with me to address concerns unique and specific to that District, we have continued our commitment for face-to-face engagement.  The only … [read more]

October 29, 2015 2:49 PM

October 31, 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the City of Madison's Halloween event "Freakfest". This event has become a tradition in the Madison area and draws people of all ages to the State Street area to dress in costume and listen to music.  Freakfest is the biggest Halloween bash in … [read more]

October 27, 2015 2:30 PM

MPD was honored to host Bryan Stevenson who spoke to our recruit class on Monday, October 26.  Stevenson is a New York Times Bestselling author of Just Mercy, a book which also won the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.  Stevenson was in Madison to accept the … [read more]

October 20, 2015 3:29 PM

Issues of racial disparity in Dane County have been well-chronicled.  Whether the context be education, economics or the criminal justice system, the sad fact remains that people of color are starkly impacted.  In the near future, an  ad hoc committee convened by the City will … [read more]

October 12, 2015 10:36 AM

In our ongoing effort to create opportunities to engage with our community – particularly our youth – in ways that promote safety, cultivate understanding, and build trust, the MPD Community Outreach section recently reinstated our Explorer Post 911 program.  Police Exploring is a subset of … [read more]

October 6, 2015 2:05 PM

The Madison Police Department is pleased to announce it has received a $156,000 federal criminal justice innovation grant to help overcome social divisions, improve trust between police and residents, and reduce crime within Southwest Madison. U.S. Department of Justice funding will enable … [read more]

September 24, 2015 3:29 PM

Since my last blog on the subject of Midtown, I have been heartened by the incredible outpouring of support that we have received for this important public safety initiative.  Not only will Midtown provide greater balance to our service distribution needs,  the quality of those services … [read more]

September 4, 2015 9:22 AM

Have a cell phone you want to sell?  How about a coffee table?  These days it is very common to post items for sale on-line.  We have all heard about scams that have taken place when it comes to selling/buying an item.  While it is true that the majority of “transactions” are … [read more]

August 17, 2015 8:49 AM

Community Partnership exists as one of the Core Values of the Madison Police Department.  For many years we were incredibly fortunate to partner with Dr. Darren Bean.  Under his direction, the MPD became one of the first police agencies in the country to implement ‘Cardio Cerebral … [read more]

August 10, 2015 9:30 AM

On August 17, 2015, Sergeant Chris Boyd will be retiring from the Madison Police Department. With her departure, our Department will be losing a valuable asset and ambassador of the Madison Police Department K9 Unit. Sergeant Boyd has been the supervisor of the K9 Unit for the past ten years. … [read more]

August 3, 2015 8:56 AM

This week the Madison Police Department kicks off yet another community outreach initiative.  Our Black Youth Academy (4th annual) and our Latino Youth Academy (5th annual) begin this week at the MPD Training Center after months of collaborative preparation with Fitchburg, Sun Prairie, and … [read more]

August 3, 2015 8:53 AM

This week the Madison Police Department kicks off yet another community outreach initiative.  Our Black Youth Academy (4th annual) and our Latino Youth Academy (5th annual) begin this week at the MPD Training Center after months of collaborative preparation with Fitchburg, Sun Prairie, and … [read more]

July 27, 2015 9:39 AM

This year the Madison Police Department is hosting a National Night Out event at two of our districts.  National Night Out is an annual effort to promote police/community partnerships, improve neighborhood connections and make our community a better place to live. MPD's West District will … [read more]

July 20, 2015 8:44 AM

In an attempt to promote domestic tranquility on the home front, I took a few days “off” the week of 7/5/15.  My wife of 31 years is crazy about their family’s cottage in the north woods and I agreed to take a brief sojourn predicated on a few terms:  I would relent to her desire to … [read more]

July 13, 2015 9:32 AM

During my first year in office, several new initiatives were launched in an effort to keep our MPD on the cutting edge of service delivery.  To that end, affirmative steps have been taken including: 1.  Expanding our reach into more neighborhoods with the creation of five … [read more]

July 6, 2015 7:50 AM

Focused community outreach initiatives are born out of an understanding that police cannot go it alone.  We cannot begin to address the complex issues affecting our quality of life without assistance from citizens and the many diverse groups who work in and for the community. The Madison … [read more]

June 29, 2015 3:32 PM

Hard to believe that we are already coming up on the Fourth of July!  As my wife is a teacher, I always like to use this date as a signal that her summer vacation is half over---and you can just imagine how well this is received! (I’m bracing myself for the pushback from teachers throughout … [read more]

June 17, 2015 2:02 PM

This Saturday, June 20th, local community leaders from "Kujichagulia" and the Madison Center for Self Determination have once again organized a "Juneteenth Day" celebration.  There is actually a number of different events taking place around Juneteenth Day, but two of the main features of … [read more]

June 11, 2015 10:01 AM

In order for us to achieve our goals of being a trusted, “guardian-based” agency committed to providing qualitative services which are accessible to everyone and administered in a way that constituents feel valued and respected, the foundation for this rests with our ability to recruit and train … [read more]

June 2, 2015 2:29 PM

Last Friday night (5/29), I was one of literally hundreds of individuals who had the opportunity to listen to Reverend Dr. Alex Gee, Jr. at the Alliant Energy Center.  For those who have not had the chance to listen to the oratory of Gee, make a point of putting it on your bucket list as he … [read more]

May 27, 2015 3:25 PM

A few months ago, I was approached by the President/CEO of the YMCA of Dane County, Carrie Wall, to discuss ways in which we might partner with them to create unique opportunities to connect with youth in our community and to help facilitate a safe space for our youth to engage through structured … [read more]

March 2, 2015 9:01 AM

This week's submission on "Why kids join gangs" has been authored by Sergeant Brian Chaney, who directs the activities of our gang unit.  Sgt. Chaney offers a general primer of potential signs or "flags" that MAY be indicative of a youth who is straying.  While it is by no means a … [read more]

February 24, 2015 11:30 AM

This week, MPD will be adding a new component to investigations of domestic violence.  Officers have been trained to complete a domestic violence danger assessment questionnaire which will be directed toward victims.  The assessment consists of 15 questions.  Research indicates … [read more]

December 4, 2014 1:57 PM

With the winter chill in the air and the approaching holiday season, the Madison Crime Prevention Unit has several tips for your safety. Your personal safety should always be on your mind when out shopping and in the public.  During the holiday season people are usually distracted by their … [read more]

October 8, 2014 9:31 AM

In a recent opinion commentary submitted by a guest in a local newspaper, a number of issues are raised (related to whether police need AR15’s) that compel me to provide our community with a different perspective.  A perspective that is coming from a career police officer of over 30 years; and … [read more]

October 3, 2014 8:49 AM

Over the past several years in early October, the YWCA organizes and hosts a conference exploring racial justice issues in our society.  At last year’s conference, the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families released their much discussed “Race to Equity” report.  Over the past year, the … [read more]

September 19, 2014 8:46 AM

Each year, the United States honors the contributions that Latinos have made to the nation with a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration that runs from September 15 through October 15.  This period is a time to celebrate the heritage and culture of our Hispanic and Latino Community. The … [read more]

September 9, 2014 10:14 AM

The Madison Police Department has a longstanding commitment to partnering with mental health providers, advocates, and consumers in an effort to improve services to those with mental illness.  The Department’s nationally recognized Mental Health Liaison Program uses well-trained patrol … [read more]

September 3, 2014 11:21 AM

Each day, emails are sent out to our Department by the Officer-in-Charge giving a summary of the calls that occurred throughout Madison on each shift.  Unfortunately, it has become rare that we don’t read about a heroin overdose or death on a regular basis.  Heroin addiction is plaguing our … [read more]

August 19, 2014 2:40 PM

In an attempt to stay engaged with constituent questions and concerns, a number of community forums have been scheduled for the month of September.  These sessions are an opportunity to provide me with direct feedback and there will also be a representative from the hosting District should you … [read more]

August 12, 2014 2:17 PM

The Spring Student Party (formally known as the Mifflin Street Block Party) has traditionally been held on the first Saturday in May.  The party began in the late 1960’s as a street protest, where students took to street dancing in an effort to bring attention of their disdain for the Vietnam … [read more]

August 6, 2014 12:43 PM

Once again this year, several officers from MPD, other law enforcement agencies, community-based organizations and volunteers will be joining together to host a number of “youth academies” over the next three weeks.   All of these youth academies seek to: • Build a relationship of trust … [read more]

July 30, 2014 12:19 PM

Come join the Madison Police Department on Tuesday, August 5th for National Night Out!  The event takes place at Warner Park from 5PM to 8PM in the parking lot next to the Madison Mallards Stadium.  National Night Out is celebrated nationwide as an event for communities to bring residents and … [read more]

July 21, 2014 1:00 PM

An incredibly informative conference and expo is scheduled to take place in Madison in September that our Department wants you to know about!  The 2014 Dane County/Wisconsin State Triad Crime Prevention and Safety Conference and Expo is taking place on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 8am-4pm … [read more]

July 8, 2014 11:45 AM

The City of Madison Police Department has more than 500 employees, and serves a population of about 243,000.  Yet as recently as 2004, the department had virtually no K9 capabilities.  While one K9 officer was assigned to the countywide drug unit, the Madison Police Department had no K9s … [read more]

June 30, 2014 8:21 AM

Pawn shops and second hand dealers are legitimate businesses which provide a service to the community by buying used goods from the public and providing a low cost alternative to buying new and unused products.  Unfortunately, there are those who use these businesses to dispose of items … [read more]

June 20, 2014 3:41 PM

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics has been a yearly event in Wisconsin since 1986.  The Torch Run in Wisconsin is the largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness for Special Olympics.  This event is held in all 50 States, 12 Canadian provinces and 48 countries.  It … [read more]

June 13, 2014 3:04 PM

On June 4th, a longstanding community partner, Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin (Youth Services/YSOSW), hosted an open house showcasing their newly built facility at 2720 Rimrock Rd.  As part of the event, there was a presentation during which Attic Angels donated $125,000 in support of … [read more]

June 2, 2014 11:23 AM

Earlier this year the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families released a report on "Race to Equity" which showed some staggering statistics about racial disparities in Dane County.  In addition to this report, Rev. Dr. Alexander Gee, Jr.'s "Justified Anger" story that ran in the Capital … [read more]

April 14, 2014 3:53 PM

Each and every Madison Police Department officer is trained to respond to and to handle calls that involve persons with a mental illness by use of compassion, appropriate communication/de-escalation and stabilization skills and to work collaboratively toward an effective resolution.  We have a … [read more]

April 7, 2014 9:57 AM

In our city there are serious injuries and deaths that occur far too often that we believe can be reduced with a coordinated community-wide effort of agencies working together.  One of these agencies helping to pave ways towards this mission is Safe Communities.  Safe Communities of … [read more]

March 26, 2014 1:16 PM

There is a new effort and partnership between the Madison Police Department and the residents of the Parkside Apartment complex, located at the corner of W. Washington Avenue and S. Park Street.  The area consists of a mix of public and private housing complexes commonly known as the … [read more]

February 3, 2014 2:13 PM

This week you may be noticing new, along with familiar, faces patrolling your district.  That is because every year Madison Police Department employees assigned to patrol are given an opportunity to select their work shift and district assignment based on their seniority within the … [read more]

January 13, 2014 9:31 AM

One program, a 3 year time period, a socioeconomic savings of over $11 million dollars and a 96.5% reduction of criminal charges is what the SIU is about.  Please continue to read on to see the importance of this program and the huge impact it has had on our community!  Several years ago … [read more]

December 18, 2013 4:15 PM

Community Policing is an approach to policing that is a cornerstone to how we fulfill our mission here at the Madison Police Department.  It is about working with the members of our community to build trust and positive relationships in order to have a great city in which we can all live, work … [read more]

November 18, 2013 4:16 PM

Throughout the year the Madison Police Department participates in numerous events not only to bring awareness to important issues but to raise money for them as well.  One of these events was our Annual Charity Golf Outing.  The Madison Professional Police Officers Association (MPPOA) and … [read more]

November 11, 2013 3:39 PM

All too often there is someone in our community who is involved in a domestic violence relationship that they don’t know how to cope with, how to get out of, how to be safe, or how to ask for help.  In January 2011, the Madison Police Department and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) … [read more]

November 6, 2013 11:37 AM

When you watch the news or read the news it is almost a certainty that you will learn about negative issues, concerns or problems in a community.  It is a reality that these issues exist.  I like to bring attention however to positive events in our community that you may or may not be aware … [read more]

October 31, 2013 4:30 PM

The law enforcement profession is a very rewarding field to work in but it is also a very dangerous line of work.  Although we are fortunate here at the Madison Police Department that overall our city is a safe place to live and work, the men and women that sign up for this profession in our … [read more]

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