Information Systems is responsible for researching, acquisitioning, testing and maintaining all technological applications utilized by the Madison Police Department. Over the past ten years the Madison Police Department has undergone a significant technological transformation in order to meet the needs of the public in an ever-changing, computer-driven world. Some of the technological advances include all police squads being equipped with laptop computers and wireless capabilities, new radio systems, in-car video and audio systems, and paperless, electronic documenting systems.
In an effort to promote the exchange of information and intelligence between multiple law enforcement agencies in Dane County, the Madison Police Department has been pursuing the Regional Records Management Project. The Regional Management Project brings together fourteen police departments into a regional data sharing system, from which each department has access to information collected by other participating departments. This data sharing system is already up and running with other police departments potentially coming online in the future.