Community Policing Madison Police Style

At MPD we start with a simple proposition—the police cannot go it alone. We cannot begin to address the complex issues affecting our quality of life without assistance. Assistance in the form of the help and collaboration from many diverse groups who work in and for the community, as well as enlisting the support of all of our citizens!

There are three critical elements that we embrace to demonstrate our commitment to community policing:

  1. Foster trust by providing quality service(s) for all. —which allows us to be better able...

    “...to identify problems that have the potential for becoming more serious for individuals, the police or the government...”

    Herman Goldstein

  2. Engage constituents to build partnerships that facilitate cooperation and collaboration.
  3. Dedicate efforts to problem oriented-policing (problem-solving) as a service model.

Problem

  • Two or more related incidents that cause harm.
  • Combined with a community expectation that police will address the issue.
 
 

Problem-Solving

  • Identify problems.
  • Analyze the situation.
  • Act on the analysis in a humane, fair and equitable manner.
  • Did it work?
 
 

Success!

  • Reduce the harms, intensity, volume, or eliminate the problem entirely.
  • Shared ownership of the issue.

When it comes to the problem-oriented approach to policing there is no “one-size-fits-all-cookie-cutter-approach.” What you will find are touchstones that focus on the things we all do in our everyday experiences in solving problems. Officers are not constrained or confined to creating some sort of academic thesis that must be defended before getting started—this is our daily work. While formalism may be needed for some of our large scale problem-solving challenges, we want ALL of our employees to look around their work environment and examine how systems they see everyday can be improved.

“The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.”

Sir Robert Peel

In essence—community policing is a philosophy that speaks to the relationships between the police and the people served in order to achieve some important goals: prevention of crime, enhanced quality of life, and greater degrees of public trust. Community policing is really—policing of the people, jointly with the people for the achievement of our common goals.

June 22, 2018 2:51 PM

All, Please see the below introductory blog from our newest neighborhood officer—while he is new to the role, Damion has been a central district stalwart and I am very pleased to have him in this new role! My name is Officer Damion Figueroa and I am the Langdon Neighborhood Police … [read more]

June 18, 2018 2:16 PM

During May, the Madison Police Department addressed 2,833 incidents in the North District. That is an average of 91 incidents per day. As a reminder, most incidents are calls for service from citizens. These calls could be for reports of crime, but could also be for non-criminal occurrences … [read more]

June 2, 2018 12:31 PM

Today was the groundbreaking for the Ronald McDonald House expansion on Marshall Court near UW Hospital. This is fantastic news for families with children who are being treated at UW Hospital and need a place to stay. The MPD was asked to safely escort Ronald today. See their website for … [read more]

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