Archived News: This news release is more than one year old and may include outdated information.

Downtown Residents Invited To Join MPD Tuesday Night

The dynamic of Madison's downtown has changed significantly in recent years as condo developments have lured many to put down roots in a center city once dominated by students. With that in mind, the Madison Police Department (MPD) is hoping these relatively new urban pioneers will join officers Tuesday night, August 3rd, for America's Night Out Against Crime.

The annual National Night Out is a unique event held in communities across the country as law enforcement looks to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

The downtown Madison gathering is aimed at increasing awareness about crime and drug issues in the emerging Isthmus area, and officers will encourage residents to participate in crime prevention programs.

Brochures and fliers on home security and personal safety will be available from the MPD, and Madison Parks Department staff will disseminate information on the parks watch program.

The MPD will have representatives from many departmental areas on site: the mounted (horse) patrol, canine unit, motorcycle team, bicycle team, crime prevention, safety education, crime stoppers, and SWAT.

The event will take place in the 200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in front of the City County Building, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Squad cars and the department's all-terrain vehicle will be on display, and there will be prizes for children.

Please join us!


  • Officer Frank Chandler, 266-4238
  • Joel DeSpain, 266-4897