Amigos en Azul (Friends in Blue)
In 2004, several officers working in the South District began Amigos en Azul, a grassroots police organization comprised of City of Madison Police Officers dedicated to dissolving cultural barriers, building partnerships and opening lines of communication between the Latino Community in Dane County and the Madison Police Department. Amigos Officers regularly attend community events and provide information to the Latino Community on police resources.
Officers also provide safety education outreach through a variety of Spanish media components: weekly-televised Crime Stoppers segment, weekly radio shows, and weekly and biweekly newspaper articles published respectively in the Spanish newspapers La Comunidad and Voz Latina. Officers in Amigos en Azul meet once or twice a month for program evaluation and planning.