We are proud to have been featured in a recent Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) report which provides a summary of a research project that focused on police agencies and their efforts in building positive relationships with immigrant communities. The new report, Community Policing in Immigrant Neighborhoods: Stories of Success, featured two police agencies – the Madison Police Department and the Aurora (CO) Police Department.
The report, which can be found here - https://www.policeforum.org/assets/CommunityPolicingImmigrantNeighborhoods.pdf - was created as a guide to law enforcement agencies across the country on how they can expand their community policing efforts in immigrant neighborhoods, while also ensuring transparent communication with all necessary stakeholders. In 2018, PERF researched agencies that they believed were accomplishing these goals already. Our agency was identified and selected to participate in the research project, which subsequently led to the above report being published.
Madison PD is recognized as being a groundbreaking leader in this topic based on our outreach efforts, engagement programs, policies/procedures and collaborations with community agencies/government officials/community leaders/community members. I hope that you take a few minutes to explore the report to find out all the good things our agency has done and continues to do to build rapport, establish trust and maintain relationships within our community.
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 6:00 a.m. on 09/08/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 09/09/2019, MPD received 344 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 344 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (70), East (50), Midtown (56), North (51), South (40), West (34), and Other (43). 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) CENTRAL: Information/Check Person – 8:39 a.m. Officers met with an anonymous caller who reported that two men (HM and UM) sexually assaulted a female. The female was not able to be located. Investigation did not lead to any charges being substantiated. The two men were found to have been involved in a fight. No indication of a sexual assault. No further action found necessary by officers at this time.
2) WEST: Check Person/Mental Health Conveyance – 10:28 a.m. Officers responded to a west side residence for what was originally reported as a disturbance involving a 32-year-old AF who was reportedly having a mental health breakdown and was destroying property at the residence. The subject was taken into protective custody and conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation. An emergency detention was sought and the subject was subsequently conveyed to Winnebago.
3) MIDTOWN: Crash with Injuries – 10:35 a.m. Officers responded to S. Allen St for a motor vehicle (that rolled) vs. tree crash. The three occupants sustained minor injuries. No charges have been substantiated at this time. Investigation continuing.
4) CENTRAL: Trespass/Adult Arrested Person – 10:46 a.m. Officers responded to an apartment complex on W. Dayton St regarding a suspect (34-year-old WM) passed out on the ground and trespassing. The suspect was initially resistive towards officers. The suspect was arrested, conveyed to jail and charged with trespassing and depositing human waste.
5) SOUTH: Check Person/Mental Health Conveyance – 11:26 a.m. Officers responded to a south side residence to check the welfare of a 22-year-old WM. The subject was reportedly in a manic state, out-of-control, threatening family members and punching walls. The subject was taken into protective custody and conveyed to a local hospital where an emergency detention was sought. Once medically cleared the subject was conveyed to Winnebago.
6) EAST: Drug Incident – 12:33 p.m. Officers, along with EMS/Fire, responded to Union St for a subject/suspect (31-year-old WM) experiencing an overdose. MFD administered Naloxone, which revived the suspect. The suspect admitted to using heroin. The suspect was cited for possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI).
7) EAST: Crash/Intoxicated Driver/Adult Arrested Person – 2:22 p.m. Officers responded to a crash on Atlas Ave. The driver/suspect (37-year-old WM) fled on foot prior to officers arriving. The vehicle belonged to a friend of the suspect. The friend brought the suspect back to the vehicle where the suspect was arrested and conveyed to a local hospital for a medical clearance. The suspect was subsequently transported to jail and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (3rd offense), possession of heroin and a probation warrant.
8) SOUTH: Drug Incident/Adult Arrested Person – 8:07 p.m. Officers, along with EMS/MFD, responded to the Kwik Trip on W. Broadway St for a subject/suspect (32-year-old WM) experiencing an overdose. MFD administered Naloxone, which revived the suspect. The suspect lied about his identity. Drug use evidence observed. The suspect was medically cleared at a local hospital and then arrested/conveyed to jail on charges of possession of heroin and obstructing.
9) CENTRAL: Fraud/Adult Arrested Person – 9:31 p.m. Officers responded to the 400 block of State St regarding a suspect (47-year-old WM) who attempted to leave the restaurant without paying his bill. The suspect was arrested, conveyed to jail and charged with defrauding an innkeeper.
10) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 4:22 a.m. Officers responded to the 600 block of S. Whitney Way to check the welfare of a caller (21-year-old WF) who reported feeling not safe. The subject was conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation. Investigation continuing.