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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Dr

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

District 1 Updates

November 3, 2022 12:20 PM

Coffee With a Cop

Please join us for Coffee With a Cop on Thursday, November 3, at 9:00 am. All are welcome! Meet Officer Tyler Hess, who has just taken over as the Neighborhood Resource Officer (NRO) for the West Police District. 

NROs are the jack-of-all-trades for the district, and Officer Hess will be happy to answer your questions and listen to your concerns. Plus, there will be cake and coffee. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors! This is a great opportunity to get to know some neighbors as well as our police officers, who serve us 24/7.

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Budget Amendments, Finance Committee Special Meeting, and 2023 Budget Calendar


  1. Finance Committee operating amendments. Here is a link to the FC Operating Amendments with the final outcome and a link to the meeting recording. There is $270,596 remaining in levy capacity for additional amendments.
  2. The deadline to submit Common Council amendments is Wednesday, November 9. Learn more by viewing this presentation on the amendment process.

Future Finance Committee Meetings

  1. Finance Committee special meeting on Tuesday, December 6, at 6pm to approve the Sewer Revenue Bond debt sale earlier that day.
  2. 2023 Finance Committee schedule.


Comments from District 1 Resident on Public Safety

Alder Harrington-McKinney,

We have lived on the west side of Madison for over five years. Unfortunately, we have noticed an uptick in crime in our neighborhood over the last couple years.

Just last night, vehicles parked in our neighbors' driveways were either broken into or had attempted break ins. This is becoming more common, unfortunately.

While our neighbors were the ones targeted last night, our home was broken into previously. Individuals came into our garage and ransacked both of our vehicles.

Our neighborhood (name of neighborhood redacted), has a lot of young children and I fear what may happen if this crime escalates from burglary to something else.

As our Alder, what policies are you pursuing to reduce crime in our neighborhoods? Is there anything specific you think needs to be done to protect public safety?

I look forward to your response.

Name redacted for confidentiality
Verona, WI 53593



As the west district captain, I share your concerns. We have seen an uptick in theft from autos and stolen vehicles in the west district over the past few days. I will have to look more closely at the data over the past couple of years to see if there has been a significant increase over that time.

We try to deploy resources to the area for extra patrol but unfortunately, we do not have the staff to be just in one area all the time. At any given time in the west district, we have about 6 officers working to patrol an area of approximately 60,000 residents.  

Typically, when there is an influx in crime such as this, the thieves usually seize on crimes of opportunity. Doors left unlocked in driveways that have garage door openers in them make way for easy access. Cars in open garages that have key fobs in them are very easy to take. Garages that are left open when the door is not locked to the house also make for easy targets. As long as individuals are finding success in a place, they will return and continue to try and capitalize. Please, look out for your neighbors when you can. We have officers drive through and find open garages. We try to make contact with those residents and tell them but sometimes they do not open their doors.

We assign detectives to burglaries and most stolen autos. If there is video, we collect it and try to make identifications that way. We try to build good cases and make arrests.

If you'd like me to come to a neighborhood meeting, I would be more than happy to do so. I would have stopped at this one, but I was already committed to be somewhere else at that time, speaking to another neighborhood gathering.

Thanks again for reaching out!

Captain Kelly Becket
West District Captain


West District Blotter

Theft from Autos, Stolen Autos, and Burglaries in the West District

Hi all,

Hope your summers were mostly pleasant and your autumns are trending that way as well.

Unfortunately, I write with some troubling news. The west district has a band of thieves in our midst. I have seen them on video trying door handles in driveways and they are rewarded by instant access. Upon opening them, they find garage door openers, key fobs, personal belongings and sometimes, firearms. If the keys are in them, they take the car. If they can open the garage, they then find an unlocked car with a key fob and then they take the car. If they can open the door from the garage to the house, they can get into the house. If they can get into your house, they may find your keys, either in a purse on the counter or on a hook by that same unlocked door. Then they take the car. I  am made very uneasy by this, and I bet you are as well.

First, I just want to reiterate that we are out there patrolling your streets. We are out there knocking on doors in the middle of the night if we see your garage door open. We are collecting video from residents and trying to make identifications of suspects. We assign detectives for follow up and we take this very, very seriously. We are constantly trying to improve our investigative process.

But we cannot do this alone. If you look out your window before going to bed and see your neighbor's garage open, please tell them. If you are up at 3 am and see a vehicle slowly driving down your street and it looks a bit off, call it in. If there are units available, we will come out and drive through based on your observations.

We reduce crimes of opportunity by being well, neighborly. No one is perfect. We get distracted and forget to do things, or worse yet, think we did them without actually doing them! Or, if you're like me, your kiddo runs out to get something from the car and doesn't re-lock the door and there it remains, unlocked all night.

Take the extra few seconds to make sure your items are secure. Please don't leave firearms in your vehicles. Double check your garage door. Simple tips to reduce complex problems later.

Also, have you ever heard of the Good Neighbor Project?

If you click on the link, you will find some really great information. Talk with your neighborhood associations about starting one. We can help if you'd like. 

(Bold done by Alder for emphasis.)



Community Policing Strategy

COPS Office funding must be used to reorient the mission and activities of law enforcement agencies through initiating community policing or enhancing their involvement in community policing with the officers hired under this award program or an equal number of veteran officers who have been redeployed to implement this plan after hiring the entry-level COPS Office-funded officers. If awarded funds, your responses to sections II(a) and II(b) that follow will constitute your agency's community policing strategy under this award. Your organization may be audited or monitored to ensure that it is initiating or enhancing community policing in accordance with this strategy. The COPS Office may also use this information to understand the needs of the field, and potentially provide for training, technical assistance, problem solving and community policing implementation tools. Please note that the COPS Office recognizes that your COPS Office-funded officer(s) (or an equal number of veteran officers who are redeployed after hiring the entry-level COPS Office- funded officers) will engage in a variety of community policing activities and strategies, including participating in some or all aspects of your identified community policing strategy. Your community-policing strategy may be influenced and impacted by others within and outside of your organization; this is considered beneficial to your community policing efforts.

At any time during your award period, you should be prepared to demonstrate (1) the community policing activities engaged in prior to the award that are detailed in section I of this application and (2) how the award funds and award-funded officers (or an equal number of redeployed veteran officers) were specifically used to enhance (increase) or initiate community policing activities according to your community policing strategy contained in sections II (a) and II (b) of this application.

The following is the COPS Office definition of community policing that emphasizes the primary components of community partnerships, organizational transformation, and problem solving. Please refer to the COPS Office web site ( for further information regarding this definition.

Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies that support the systematic use of partnerships and problem solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues, such as violent crime, non-violent crime, and fear of crime.

The COPS Office has completed the development of a comprehensive community policing self-assessment tool for use by law enforcement agencies. Based on this work, we have developed the following list of primary sub-elements of community policing. Please refer to the COPS Office web site ( for further information regarding these sub-elements.

Community Partnerships:

Collaborative partnerships between the law enforcement agency and the individuals and organizations they serve to both develop solutions to problems and Increase trust in police.




I support Chief Shon Barnes NOT JUST BECAUSE HE IS BLACK. He is DR. Police Chief Shon Barnes. He has a history and experience in violence prevention strategies that are DATA DRIVEN.

Hired in February of 2021, Chief Barnes is a nationally recognized leader in crime reduction and community-police relations. He was previously the Director of Training and Professional Development for the Civilian Office of Police Accountability in Chicago, Illinois. Chief Barnes was the Deputy Chief of Police in Salisbury, North Carolina (2017-2020) and a Captain with the Greensboro Police Department (NC) where he began his career as a patrol officer in the fall of 2000. Chief Barnes was honored as a National Institute of Justice, LEADS Scholar, for using innovative technology to reduce crime and is a council member on the National Police Foundation's Council on Policing Reforms and Race. The council is a nonpartisan initiative, which uses research and evidence to consider and offer recommendations to resolve some of the most pressing issues regarding police reform.

Again, I support Chief Barnes not JUST BECAUSE HE IS BLACK....but because throughout his career, Chief Barnes has implemented Neighborhood Oriented Policing which focuses on smaller police beat response, police neighborhood ownership, and community engagement at levels within the organization.

We have another opportunity to accept a Federal COPS GRANT TO FOCUS ON BUILDING AND IMPROVING THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE YOUTH IN OUR CITY. If it does not pass, YOU should evaluate those on the Madison City Council who do not support the ACCEPTANCE of the Federal COPS Grant in the 2023 budget and the public well-being it may generate.


Give Feedback on Upcoming Metro Service Redesign Items

On Wednesday, November 9, Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transportation Commission will hold a virtual public hearing at 6 p.m. to approve several items related to Metro's redesigned service in 2023.

Items to be reviewed at the hearing are:

All interested attendees must register to speak to attend. The meeting will be interpreted in Spanish, Hmong, Chinese and American Sign Language. It will be live-captioned in English with recordings captioned in these languages, available at a later date.

Additional information, including public hearing documents in alternate languages, registering assistance and meeting details, can be found at


Give Feedback

Interested persons are encouraged to attend the virtual public hearing or provide feedback prior to the hearing date. All feedback submitted prior to the hearing will be considered by commission members in the same manner as verbal testimony.

Written comments can also be sent to: Metro Transit Network Redesign, 1245 E. Washington Ave., Suite 201, Madison WI 53703.


Engagement Group Parties

Let Metro Transit know if your organization or group plans to watch the hearing together in a specific location. Staff will provide printed materials ahead of time and list details of your event on our website.

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