MPD has several units comprised exclusively of civilian staff that help keep our department running day in and day out. Our Court Services Unit is one of these. Made up of ten employees, they are staffed by one Court Services Supervisor, one Administrative Clerk and eight Police Records Service Clerks. Court Services provide the initial point of contact for all in-person customer service needs via GR-10 (Records Department at the City-County Building). Customers pay parking tickets, request police reports, verify valid ownership for the release of impounded vehicles, have fingerprints taken and answer questions.
Our Court Services Unit is responsible for all municipal court case processing and the prepping of state charges related to criminal traffic violations. Court Services also oversee the administrative component of the juvenile restorative justice pathway, a process MPD developed with community partners as an alternative to the traditional municipal court response.
Court Services maintains an inventory of vehicles that get impounded in the City of Madison and assists with the subsequent release of the vehicles to the registered owner.
Finally, Court Services provides liaisons to prepare cases and maintain communication with district, municipal and restorative justice staff. They also make sure the bail schedules are up-to-date at all times.
My personal thanks and recognition to this unit for the hard-work, dedication and team effort they provide us every day!
The information contained in my blog is derived from notes provided by MPD Officers-In-Charge (OIC) at the end of their shifts. Most narratives represent early and preliminary information that was gathered by an OIC from those in the field who were actively working cases. The OIC is sharing what they were being told, in the moment. In many instances, facts and circumstances, even the type of crime listed, can change as officers, detectives and investigators continue their work.
From 5:00 a.m. on 07/18/2018 through 5:00 a.m. on 07/19/2018, MPD received 611 calls for service. This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials. For purposes of clarification, the following abbreviations are short-hand for race designations: W=White, AA=African American, NA=Native American, H=Hispanic, ME=Middle Eastern, A=Asian, MR=Mixed Race, U=Unknown. MPD shifts are staggered as follows: 1st detail=7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2nd detail=12 p.m. to 8 p.m., 3rd detail=3 p.m. to 11 p.m., 4th detail=8 p.m. to 4 a.m., 5th detail=11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
To further break down the 611 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (118), East (147), Midtown (83), North (90), South (55), West (67), and Other (51). Other=these are calls for service that either do not have a sector listed or the sector is not in the City. For example, if one of our officers assists another law enforcement agency, their sector is not listed in our districts so therefore it is listed under "other".
**Priority calls only from 12:04am-1:45am due to calls for service.
1) MIDTOWN: Burglary/Stolen Auto – 5:00 a.m. Officers responded to a report of a burglary and stolen auto in the Nakoma neighborhood. The vehicle was parked in the driveway and was unlocked. The suspects used the garage door opener in the unlocked vehicle to gain entrance to the garage and home. The suspects fled with a purse, laptop, other personal items and the vehicle. The vehicle was entered as stolen in the appropriate databases. Press release completed. Investigation continuing.
2) CENTRAL: Theft from Auto – 7:49 a.m. Officers responded to a theft complaint in the 200 block of S. Bedford St. The suspect smashed a vehicle window and stole cash. Investigation continuing.
3) CENTRAL: Theft from Auto – 10:15 a.m. Officers responded to a second theft complaint (300 block of W. Washington Ave) where the suspect smashed a window to gain entrance to a vehicle. The suspect fled with an unknown amount of money. Investigation continuing.
4) EAST: Assist EMS/Fire – 5:00 p.m. Officers responded, along with EMS/Fire, to Milwaukee St for a subject (28-year-old AAM) who stabbed himself. The subject was conveyed to a local hospital with a self-inflicted superficial wound. Journey Mental Health consulted. An emergency detention was not approved. The subject was left in the care of medical staff.
5) SOUTH: Assist EMS/Fire – 8:04 p.m. Officers assisted MFD with a food trailer that caught on fire on Post Rd. MFD has the lead on this investigation. Investigation continuing.
6) CENTRAL: Information/Strong Arm Robbery – 8:34 p.m. Officers responded to W. Gorham St for a report of a robbery. The victim (19-year-old AAM) reported that a suspect took his backpack/cash. The victim, friend of the victim and suspect got into a physical altercation with the suspect fleeing, as well as the acquaintance. The suspect (20-year-old AAM) was identified, located and subsequently arrested for battery. This was not a random act of violence; all subjects knew each other. Investigation continuing.
7) CENTRAL: Information/Armed Robbery – 9:16 p.m. Officers responded to a burglary on Williamson St involving multiple subjects. Investigation culminated with two suspects being apprehended and arrested. One suspect (22-year-old AAM) was held on a probation hold. Another suspect (23-year-old AAM) was arrested for burglary (party-to-a-crime), battery and felony bail jumping. This was found to not be a random act of violence; all subjects are believed to have known one another. Investigation continuing.
8) CENTRAL: Crash – 11:34 a.m. Officers responded to a crash on S. Baldwin St/E. Washington Ave. The driver/suspect (47-year-old WF) drifted over two lanes of traffic and struck a vehicle stopped at a red light. A passenger in the victim vehicle was conveyed to a local hospital with minor injuries. The suspect was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (1st offense).
9) NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 12:39 a.m. Officers responded to Northport Drive for a domestic disturbance between two subjects (22-year-old AAF victim and 27-year-old AAF suspect). The victim and the suspect were engaged in a verbal argument when the suspect struck the victim several times in the face. The initial reports stated a gun was involved/threatened; investigation revealed that a gun was in the home but never displayed. The suspect was arrested for domestic battery. Investigation continuing.
10) EAST: Stolen Auto – 4:09 a.m. Officers responded to a report of a stolen auto. The vehicle had a broken ignition system and does not need a key to start. Attempt to locate aired. The vehicle was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases. Investigation continuing.