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MPD Daily Significant Calls 08/12/2018 to 08/13/2018

August 13, 2018 11:43 AM


The Madison Police Department has a proud tradition of attracting, training and enhancing a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we serve.  MPD Pride is just one example of that diversity.  The MPD Pride workgroup is comprised of LGBTQ employees and allies within the rank-and-file of the Madison Police Department.  Our mission is to serve as a resource to employees within MPD by providing information and support in light of the unique challenges with which LGBTQ individuals often face.  The group also serves as a point-of-contact for members of Madison's LGBTQ community at large and works to cultivate trust while offering an added level of support to LGBTQ individuals in need of police services.

Recently, members of MPD Pride worked with leaders of the Transgender Community to help provide training to the nearly 600 employees of the Madison Police Department.  After months of research on the topic, MPD Pride also helped create a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), which provides guidelines and expectations for MPD employees and their interactions with Transgender and Non-Conforming community members.  We would like to thank those in our local community and our wonderful contacts in Minneapolis, MN who helped us in this endeavor.

MPD Pride remains strong in our commitment to work with those in the community who have expressed reservations about our participation in LGBTQ festivities.  We are disappointed in the recent decision by Outreach to rescind our participation in the Pride parade, but we respect the decision and understand and acknowledge the complex issues at hand.  It is true that per an agreement with Outreach, employees participating in the parade planned to do so without police vehicles and while in plain clothes attire, donning specially made pride t-shirts for the occasion.  MPD Pride's theme this year was #TOGETHER.   Despite the decision, we continue to support the parade and its theme of diversity and inclusion. We wish Outreach and everyone who partakes in the event a happy and safe Pride.

We invite those who are interested to join us at a Listening Session about our future participation in pride events.  The session will be held Monday, August 13th at the Central Library – from 6pm to 7:30pm.


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 08/12/2018 through 5:00 a.m. on 08/13/2018, MPD received 370 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 370 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (75), East (67), Midtown (44), North (59), South (43), West (61), and Other (21).  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". 


1) MIDTOWN: Check Property – 7:57 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence due to the homeowner believing someone was present.  Officers cleared the residence and no concerns were identified.  No further action deemed necessary by the police.       

2) CENTRAL: Missing Adult – 8:59 a.m.  Officers received a call requesting to check the welfare of a subject (21-year-old AAM).  The caller re-contacted police and indicated they had made contact with the subject (her son).  No further action deemed necessary by the police. 

3) MIDTOWN: Death Investigation – 11:27 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a deceased subject (77-year-old WM). Nothing suspicious identified.  Medical Examiner's office notified.  Investigation continuing. 

4) CENTRAL: Disturbance – 2:37 p.m.  Officers responded to James Madison Park for a report of a fight.  Multiple subjects were contacted in two different areas of the park.  A victim (60-year-old WM) reported being shoved by a suspect (HM) for unknown reasons.  A second victim (49-year-old WM) stepped in to assist and was sprayed in the face with some sort of OC spray by yet another suspect (54-year-old HF).  The victims did not wish to pursue any charges.  The HM suspect was no longer on scene.  Investigation continuing.         

5) MIDTOWN: Domestic Disturbance – 2:50 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a domestic disturbance between two subjects (24-year-old HF and 24-year-old HM).  The subjects have a child-in-common but are not in a relationship.  The subjects got into an argument about the male dating.  The female got into the male's vehicle as he was leaving.  The female reported being slapped by the male.  The female admitted to pushing the male.  The female was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct.  The male was arrested for a parole violation. 

6) WEST: Disturbance – 3:24 p.m.  Officers responded to Tree Lane for a disturbance and located two juveniles/suspects involved (15-year-old AAF and 16-year-old AAF).  The 16-year-old complied with officers' orders but the 15-year-old attempted to walk away/resisted contact.  The 15-year-old's behavior escalated – she kicked at officers, pulled away from officers, refused to ID herself, etc.).  She was placed under arrest and conveyed to the Juvenile Reception Center for resisting.  Investigation continuing.         

7) NORTH: Found Property – 5:18 p.m.  Officers responded to Mendota St for a found firearm.   The firearm was recovered.  Investigation continuing. 

8) SOUTH: Mental Health Conveyance – 7:22 p.m.  Officers responded to a subject (21-year-old WF) experiencing a psychotic episode.  The subject was originally voluntarily admitted to a local hospital for an evaluation.  Journey Mental Health consulted.  An emergency detention was sought and the subject was subsequently transported to Winnebago. 

9) NORTH: Check Person – 8:32 p.m.  Officers responded to meet with a mother who had concerns that her daughter (9-year-old UF) had not been returned home from a trip with her father.  Officers made several attempts to reach the father/daughter.  The father dropped off the child at the mother's home.  No charges have been substantiated.  No further action deemed necessary by the police. 

10) NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 9:06 p.m.  Officers responded to a north side residence for a domestic disturbance between two subjects (48-year-old WF victim and 42-year-old WM suspect).  The subjects are married.  The victim contacted police stating her husband was threatening to blow up their trailer.  Officers arrived and located the suspect outside and a mattress on fire.  MFD was summoned and put the fire out.  The suspect was detained and resisted the contact by officers.  The victim reported getting into an argument with the suspect when he grabbed her and threatened her.  The suspect was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct, 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety and resisting.

11) EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 9:18 p.m.  Dispatch received a call with concerns about a subject who had been involved in a domestic disturbance earlier in the day.  Officers responded to Cottage Grove Rd to check the welfare of the subject and could not get an answer.  A decision was made to make entry to the residence.  The subject/victim (25-year-old HF) ran to officers and stated she had been held at knifepoint.  Investigation revealed that the suspect (27-year-old AAM) battered the victim, locked her in a room, strangled her and threatened to kill her.  The suspect poked the victim with a knife and threatened her.  The suspect was arrested for battery, false imprisonment, intimidation of a victim, strangulation and disorderly conduct while armed (all domestic-related charges).  The suspect was also charged with a parole violation.  Investigation continuing. 

12) MIDTOWN: Intoxicated Driver – 9:42 p.m.  Officers responded to W. Washington Ave for a single-vehicle crash.  The driver/suspect (57-year-old AAM) struck a light pole and crashed into a tree.  The suspect was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (2nd offense).

13) CENTRAL: Battery – 2:22 a.m.  Officers responded to State St for a fight.  A victim (27-year-old WF) attempted to stop a fight occurring between two subjects (49-year-old AAM suspect and 25-year-old WM victim).  The female victim got slapped in the face by the suspect.  The male victim sustained minor injuries.  Cameras in the area showed the male victim was punched in the face by a different subject/suspect prior to the altercation with the suspect.  The male victim was taken into protective custody due to his intoxication level/injuries.  Marijuana was located on him and he was also found to be on probation/parole.  His agent placed a hold on him and once he is given a medical clearance, he will be transported to jail on the probation hold. The suspect was arrested, conveyed to a local hospital and issued a misdemeanor citation.  Investigation continuing.                   

Posted by: Chief Koval

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