West District Blotter

Tag: Captain Wahl

December 1, 2014 1:51 PM

MPD officers responded to a total of 3,603 incidents in the West District during the month of November.  This is an average of more than 120 per day. It's important to recognize what an "incident" is.  In most instances an incident is a call for service, where a citizen calls to request an … [read more]

November 4, 2014 11:18 AM

MPD officers responded to 4,190 incidents in the West District during the month of October, an average of 135 incidents per day. Incidents by day of the week:   Incidents by time of day:   Overall, incidents are up in the West District from 2013: [read more]

November 3, 2014 10:04 AM

A number of MPD West District officer organized a cookout yesterday (Nov. 2) for the Russett Road neighborhood.  Officers pitched in to provide hot dogs and brats, and grilled out for the neighborhood.  Officer Drew Pullum coordinated the cookout...another great example of MPD officers working … [read more]

October 26, 2014 5:02 PM

MPD's five patrol districts do an annual community survey.  This is an opportunity for us to hear from citizens on what their concerns are, and on how we are doing as an agency.  The West District suvey always has a great return rate, and the results and comments are helpful.  So please take a … [read more]

October 1, 2014 5:11 PM

Citizens consistently are interested in more information sharing from MPD, so I will begin trying to share a monthly update on West District MPD incidents.  Officers responded to 4,320 incidents in the West District during the month of September.  This is an average of 144 incidents per … [read more]

September 8, 2014 11:08 AM

Residential burglaries have been one of the main issues that West District personnel have been working to address this year.  Earlier in the year, our residential burglary numbers in the West District were up (compared to 2013), particularly in a focused geographic area (along the Raymond Road … [read more]

September 8, 2014 9:53 AM

This fall, Chief Koval will be appearing at community forums in each of MPD's five districts.  The West District forum is scheduled for next Thursday (September 18) from 6pm - 7pm.  The forum will be at Our Redeemer Church, 1701 McKenna Blvd. (right across the street from the West District).  … [read more]

August 28, 2014 10:10 AM

The Good Shepherd Church on Raymond Road has been hosting a weekly "Princess Party" with young girls from the area.  This is an effort to get young girls involved in the community in a positive way.  West District Officer Theresa Taylor has been stopping out at the weekly parties to interact … [read more]

August 20, 2014 4:25 PM

Join fellow community and neighborhood leaders Saturday, September 13 from 8am to 4:30pm for the 2014 Mayor's Neighborhood Conference at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. Register today: http://www.cityofmadison.com/neighborhoods/NeighborhoodConference/ [read more]

August 20, 2014 4:20 PM

Join fellow community and neighborhood leaders Saturday, September 13 from 8am to 4:30pm for the 2014 Mayor's Neighborhood Conference at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. Register today: http://www.cityofmadison.com/neighborhoods/NeighborhoodConference/ [read more]

August 19, 2014 1:32 PM

Last weekend the Meadowood Neighborhood Association hosted their annual neighborhood festival at Meadowood Park.  West District officers stopped out to talk to residents and be part of the festival.  The event included live music and a community picnic, and the dunk tank was a big hit.  … [read more]

August 17, 2014 4:28 PM

Last week MPD officers stopped out at the "Cop on a Rooftop" fundraiser for the Wisconsin Special Olympics at the west side Dunkin Donuts.  Officer Jason Baumgart volunteered his time for the event and stood on the roof to attract donors.  Officers from the Verona Police Department also … [read more]

August 8, 2014 3:34 PM

Earlier this week, MPD's Allied Drive neighborhood officers arranged for a K9 demonstration for the Allied Drive Learning Center.   MPD K9 officer Carren Corcoran and her K9 partner Slim helped out, and about 70 kids from the neighborhood attended the demonstration.  MPD's four-legged officers … [read more]

August 8, 2014 3:29 PM

Earlier this week, MPD's Allied Drive neighborhood officers arranged for a K9 demonstration for the Allied Drive Learning Center.   MPD K9 officer Carren Corcoran and her K9 partner Slim helped out, and about 70 kids from the neighborhood attended the demonstration.  MPD's four-legged officers … [read more]

July 25, 2014 1:26 PM

This week, MPD officers helped organize a 3 on 3 neighborhood basketball tournament in the Theresa/Hammersley area.  Officer Caleb Johnson (neighborhood officer for the Theresa/Hammersley area) worked with Coach Assad and the Mellowhood Foundation to make the event happen.  A number of other … [read more]

July 18, 2014 3:16 PM

This week, Officer Caleb Johnson (neighborhood officer for the Theresa/Hammersley area) organized a bike rodeo & repair event for kids in the neighborhood.   Off. Johnson, assisted by personnel from MPD and the City's Department of Transportation, repaired bikes, replaced damaged/worn … [read more]

July 8, 2014 2:22 PM

MPD officers go to great lengths to build relationships with residents in the communities where they work.  These connections pay dividends for the department, helping us work with residents to improve neighborhoods.  Earlier this week, Off. Caleb Johnson (neighborhood officer for the … [read more]

June 30, 2014 3:08 PM

The City of Madison will host a fireworks event this Thursday, July 3, at Elver Park.  A few reminders for those planning to attend: Free parking is available in the Elver Park lot.  However, those parking in the lot will not be allowed to leave for about 20-30 minutes after the … [read more]

June 16, 2014 5:07 PM

In 2011, the Madison Police Department formed the Special Investigations Unit (SIU).  The SIU reflected MPD's effort to utilize focused deterrence as an approach to crime prevention.  The concept recognizes that a relatively small number of offenders are responsible for a significant amount of … [read more]

May 15, 2014 11:47 AM

Two events this week served as opportunities to recognize the great work that MPD officers do on a daily basis.  On Tuesday evening, MPD hosted our annual Awards Ceremony.  A number of officers from units/districts across the department were recognized for their work in 2013, including more … [read more]

March 24, 2014 3:30 PM

Last Thursday, the City hosted a community listening session for the Park Edge/Park Ridge neighborhood.  Mayor Soglin, District 1 Alder Lisa Subeck, and members of the Park Edge/Park Ridge neighborhood resource team participated.  The group met with residents to identify issues/concerns, and … [read more]

March 19, 2014 2:53 PM

Recently, West District Officer Danielle Ohmen spent some time reading to children at the Little Red Preschool.  About 15 students participated as part of Community Helpers Week at the school: This is yet another example of MPD officers reaching out to build connections with the … [read more]

March 14, 2014 9:56 AM

There has been an increase in residential burglaries in the West District over the last few weeks.  District personnel are investigating these incidents, and will employ a variety of strategies to address this trend.  Citizens can help us by taking some simple preventative steps: Keep … [read more]

February 28, 2014 2:22 PM

A few weeks ago the Meadowood neighborhood gathered for a community supper., This is a regular occurrence for the neighborhood, and the event was held at Good Shepherd Church., The community supper is a great opportunity for neighbors to come together and get to know one another., Events like … [read more]

February 21, 2014 3:06 PM

The next phase of the Beltline/Verona Road construction project will begin this coming Monday (February 24).  This phase will entail reconstruction of Verona Road from the Beltline to Raymond Road.  This will involve some lane closures and other changes to normal traffic flow.  Access to … [read more]

February 17, 2014 3:52 PM

A couple of weeks ago MPD Officer Caleb Johnson participated in the 2014 "Read Your Heart Out" event, reading to students at Falk elementary school. This is another great example of the work MPD officers do every day to build trust and establish relationships in the community.  Great … [read more]

February 14, 2014 11:19 AM

This week the Madison community suffered a tremendous loss, as Memorial High School principal Bruce Dahmen passed away.  MPD's Educational Resource Officer assigned to Memorial is Officer Greg Hanson, who graduated from Memorial.  Officer Hanson shared these thoughts after hearing the news … [read more]

December 13, 2013 1:39 PM

Unfortunately, the holiday shopping season also means an increase in the number of retail thefts that MPD officers respond to.  Some of these incidents involve sophisticated schemes, involving multiple people and stores.  Losses for businesses can run into the tens of thousands of … [read more]

November 7, 2013 2:40 PM

Residential burglaries continue to be an area of concern in the West District.  Taking some simple steps can help prevent you from becoming a victim: Keep your doors and windows locked, even while at home. Keep your garage door closed, and lock any door from the garage to the … [read more]

October 31, 2013 2:40 PM

Last week, the Balsam, Russett and Meadowood neighborhoods held a community supper.  About 135 people attended, and enjoyed spaghetti, salad and dessert.  The meal was held at Good Sheperd Church, and the theme of the night was promoting non-violence in the youth community. Officer Kraig … [read more]

October 30, 2013 11:34 AM

The end of summer in the Wexford Ridge neighborhood brought the annual "Connections" event.  Despite a delayed start, due to rain, a lot of residents and children still showed up and had a good time.  People enjoyed themselves with a DJ, food, visits from the MPD K9 and Mounted Patrol units, … [read more]

October 21, 2013 1:46 PM

Please take the 2013 MPD West District community survey, and help us be more responsive to issues that are important to you: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013MPDWest   [read more]

October 14, 2013 1:30 PM

Unfortunately, thefts from vehicles continue to be an all-too frequent offense., In fact, more than 300 thefts from motor vehicles have been reported in the West District so far this year., These incidents are very difficult to investigate after the fact, so doing what you can to avoid being a … [read more]

September 25, 2013 9:43 AM

Now that school is back in session, please remember to slow down and drive safely, especially in school zones.  MPD frequently receives complaints about poor driving around schools: excessive speed, failing to yield to pedestrians, etc.  Unfortunately, we also investigate too many traffic … [read more]

August 30, 2013 8:36 AM

A neighborhood watch is a great way to improve safety in your neighborhood.   MPD will be offering free neighborhood watch training on September 10, from 7pm - 9pm.   The session will take place at the MPD Training Center, at 5702 Femrite Drive.  The training will provide a model on how to … [read more]

August 19, 2013 1:49 PM

A number of Madison Police Officers and a Dane County Deputy volunteered their time last Friday morning at the Dunkin Donuts on Gammon Road to raise money for the Special Olympics.,, Law enforcement personnel volunteer with Special Olympics throughout the year, and the "Cop on a Roof" event … [read more]

August 13, 2013 3:44 PM

This summer, West District officers have been participating in the "Badges for Baseball" program taking place at the Allied Drive Boys & Girls Club and at Falk School.  "Badges for Baseball" is a juvenile crime prevention initiative that pairs police and kids together to plan and learn.  The … [read more]

August 8, 2013 8:51 AM

Meadowood Park has been a busy place this year, with a flag football program and movie nights making use of the park.  This Saturday (August 10), the Meadowood Festival will take place in the park...please stop by and enjoy the event: [read more]

August 6, 2013 10:41 AM

About 50 children and adults stopped out at Mohican Pass Triangle Park last Thursday to meet members of the MPD Mounted Patrol.  The event was a great opportunity to see the horses and learn about the MPD Mounted Patrol, while meeting their neighbors).   [read more]

August 1, 2013 9:19 AM

Roundabouts are becoming a common aspect of traffic design.  Two of the newer roundabouts in the West District (Mineral Point Road & Pleasant View Road and County Highway M & Valley View Road) have seen a fair number of accidents since they opened. Fortunately, most of these accidents have … [read more]

July 30, 2013 3:55 PM

The Madison Police Mounted Patrol will be hosting a "community corral" this Thursday (August 1) at Mohican Pass Triangle Park (in the 1000 block of Mohican Pass).  This is a great opportunity to come out and meet your neighbors, with a chance to see the largest four-legged members of … [read more]

July 26, 2013 3:25 PM

Another successful Meet and Eat took place yesterday at the Meadowood Shopping Center.  A nice sized crowd turned out to sample some of Madison's best food carts.  Mayor Soglin stopped out as well to chat with residents and enjoy a bite to eat. As usual, MPD's four-legged officers were a … [read more]

July 22, 2013 11:45 AM

The Meadowood Neighorbhood Association and "Our Meadowood" project coordinated an outdoor movie night last Friday evening at Meadowood Park.  This was a great opportunity for neighbors to get together and enjoy a beautiful summer evening.  The next movie night is scheduled for August 23.  The … [read more]

July 17, 2013 12:41 PM

Last week, Wisconsin DOT started a major construction project involving Verona Road and the West Beltline.  The project will impact the Beltline from Seminole Highway to Whitney Way, and Verona Road from the Beltline to Highway PD.  The construction is slated to run through 2019, and will be … [read more]

July 15, 2013 3:19 PM

Traffic complaints continue to be one of the top concerns of residents living in the West District.  With seemingly more traffic volume every week, the complaints we receive from citizens continue to increase.  So what can you do when you notice traffic violations in your neighborhood or in … [read more]

July 2, 2013 5:33 PM

Summer is officially here, and City residents should be able to enjoy the afternon on their patio, or open up their windows to let the breeze in without the nuisance of loud car stereos.  Due to the mobility of offending vehicles, and the inherent time delay in reporitng such disturbances, it … [read more]

June 26, 2013 4:42 PM

Last week the first "Meet and Eat" event of the year was held in the Meadowood neighborhood.  Meet and Eat is an opportunity for neighbors to get together and meet, while enjoying some great food from some of Madison's best food carts.  The events are held on the West side of the Meadowood … [read more]

June 24, 2013 3:30 PM

In response to some citizen concerns about youths throwing rocks at bicyclists on the southwest bike path (near Allied Drive), officers from the West District community policing team provided the area with some extra attention last week.  In addition, officers knocked on doors in the … [read more]

June 17, 2013 11:27 AM

The West District had been receiving complaints about activity at an apartement complex in the district.  Complaints included reports of disturbances, loud noise, weapons offenses and drug activity.  In response, West District Community Policing Team officers set up an enforcement initiative … [read more]

June 14, 2013 9:51 AM

As we move into summer, West District officers have been reaching out to the community.  Warmer weather and the end of school typically bring more activity and demands for police services.  Officers have been speaking with citizens and emphasizing the fact that maintaining our safety and … [read more]

June 9, 2013 8:13 PM

The Wexford Ridge neighborhood is getting more active as summer approaches.  People have been out enjoying the warm weather and grilling, and kids have been out playing as the weather gets nicer.  With school almost out, families have been signing up for summer camps and other activities … [read more]

May 20, 2013 11:31 AM

Over the years the West Police District has been open, the landscaping and prairie around the station have improved significantly.  This is largely due to the dedication and hard work of three volunteer master gardeners: Dale Meyer, Victoria Woodward and Ann Windell.  Dale, Vickie and Ann have … [read more]

May 10, 2013 4:20 PM

Madison's Sauk Trails Optimists Club recently recognized two MPD employees as part of their "Respect for Law" initiative.  Detective Denise Armstrong and Officer Eugene Woehrle both received plaques at a recent luncheon.  Detective Armstrong specializes in sensitive crimes, and has been the … [read more]

May 6, 2013 5:00 PM

On Sunday, the Madison Parks Department hosted their second annual "Big Rig" event at Elver Park.  This event is an opportunity for citizens to come out and see some of the equipment and vehicles used by City agencies.  MPD was well represented, with a few types of police vehicles being … [read more]

May 3, 2013 11:11 AM

Yesterday, MPD officers assisted the FBI and other local law enforcement agencies in a search for Paris Poe, a wanted person from Illinois.  Poe was a federal fugitive,and was considered armed and extremely dangerous.  A number of locations were checked for Poe, and he was subsequently spotted … [read more]

May 2, 2013 6:40 AM

Submitted by Officer Caleb Johnson (Theresa/Hammersley Neighborhood Officer) As a City of Madison police officer, I am happy to respond to the complaints and concerns of citizens, including those that are minor in nature.  In my experience, many problems are underreported, especially … [read more]

April 26, 2013 1:47 PM

Community and youth groups will occassionally ask to take a tour of the West District station.  Here is a group of cub scouts checking out a holding cell during a recent tour: Contact us at 243-0500 if your group is interested in scheduling a tour. [read more]

April 21, 2013 11:52 AM

Domestic violence has been in the news a lot lately, and continues to be an issue that MPD deals with on a consistent basis.  Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of race, income, education, gender, sexual orientation, age or religion. Our local domestic abuse agency for … [read more]

April 16, 2013 3:09 PM

In May of 2011 MPD officers responded to a shooting on Gammon Lane.  The victim - Derwin Hakins - died shortly after officers arrived.  A significant number of MPD personnel responded to investigate, and detectives identified Victor McKeavin as the suspect.  McKeavin was … [read more]

April 5, 2013 9:17 AM

Submitted by Officer Greg Hanson (Memorial High School Educational Resource Officer): I don't know about you, but I remember when it was nearly impossible to get a hold of a friend...say, after dark.  Thanks to the internet and smart phones, teenagers today have the "luxury" of being … [read more]

April 1, 2013 9:59 AM

A number of West District citizens have been the victims of financial scams in recent weeks. These scams can take several forms: A stranger calls and notifies the citizen that he/she has won a large prize (cash, a car, etc.), but that they need to send in a fee to collect their prize. … [read more]

March 21, 2013 2:05 PM

Last year a MedDrop box was installed in the West Police District lobby.  A number of MedDrop boxes have been made available in the area, thanks to Safe Communities of Madison/Dane County (a non-profit agency that works to save lives and reduce injuries).  The MedDrop box provides a … [read more]

January 1, 2013 9:15 AM

As we start the New Year, I'd like to update you on a few topics: Shift Change Every year, the Madison Police Department goes through an assignment process where most employees can select their work assignments (by seniority).  The selection takes place in November, and the actual … [read more]

November 1, 2012 9:24 AM

The last few months have been extraordinarily busy for the men and women of the Madison Police Department.  In about a month, the department handled Freakfest and two presidential visits, in addition to the high volume of "normal" workload.  The presidential visits, in particular, … [read more]

November 1, 2012 8:20 AM

The last few months have been extraordinarily busy for the men and women of the Madison Police Department. In about a month, the department handled Freakfest and two presidential visits, in addition to the high volume of "normal" workload. The presidential visits, in particular, are incredibly … [read more]

July 1, 2012 8:41 AM

Mid-Year Assessment As we reach the year's mid-point, it's helpful to evaluate how the year has gone so far in the West District, and how thing compare with last year at this time. Through the end of June, officers have responded to 23,017 incidents in the West District, an average of … [read more]

May 1, 2012 8:33 AM

While most of us are enjoying the early warm weather this spring, West District personnel have been busy.  During the first three months of the year, Madison Police officers have handled more than 10,800 incidents in the West District, and average of more than 118 a day.  MedDrop … [read more]

March 1, 2012 8:13 AM

In January I took over as Captain of the West District, as part of the Department’s annual assignment process.  I’ve been with the Madison Police Department for 20 years, and have previously worked in the West District as a sergeant and as a lieutenant.  I’m very excited to take on … [read more]

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