MPD Unit Highlight: Community Outreach and Resource Education (CORE)
MPD's Community Outreach and Resource Education (CORE) team focuses on building relationships, developing trust and procedural justice. One of the most impactful outreach initiatives CORE takes part in is formal mentoring. Sergeant Meg Hamilton participates in Intentional Mentoring, a Madison non-profit that coaches youth in a positive direction by connecting school, community and home. Meg and her 8th grade mentee have been matched since August 2019, and spend time together weekly. Officer Ercan Dzelil is in his fifth year as a "big" through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Ercan has helped his "little" through a number of challenges teens face, including changing family dynamics, taking on jobs, and attaining personal goals. Officer Lore Vang is an adjunct instructor and mentor through the Hmong Language and Culture Enrichment Program (HLCEP), a grassroots, intensive six-week summer program for Hmong youth. Lore teaches on topics of leadership and identity. Officer Jodi Nelson is also a "big" through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Jodi has been paired with her little for three years, and works in conjunction with educators to guide her 5th grade little toward positive behaviors.
The CORE team additionally engages in a once-a-week mentoring effort with opportunity youth from Jefferson Middle School. Carbon World Health and MPD partner in this endeavor, which is called "Why Not Me?" Youth and CORE team members undergo a workout under the careful supervision of Carbon World Health personal trainers, and then discuss topics like supportive friendships, dealing with stress, and de-escalating tense situations.
The information provided below about some of the calls officers responded to 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 01/29/2020 through 6:00 a.m. on 01/30/2020, MPD received 424 calls for service. This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials. A breakdown of the calls for service per district is as follows: Central (69), East (67), Midtown (77), North (61), South (41), West (78), and Other (31). "Other" is used for calls that either do not have a sector or the sector is not in the City. This would be used in the case of one of our officers assisting another law enforcement agency.
**Priority calls only from 7:08 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. due to calls for service.
NORTH: Weapons Offense – 6:55 a.m. Several reports of shots fired were called in near the intersection of North Lawn Ave and Dahle Street. Two vehicles were reported to be involved – with a subject firing at subjects in the other vehicle. Two subjects (one adult and one child) sustained non-life threatening injuries. Incident report on MPD's website completed. Investigation continuing.
MIDTOWN: Adult Arrested Person – 7:10 a.m. Officers responded to a local hospital due to a suspect (32-year-old male) damaging property and threatening staff. The suspect was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.
SOUTH: Check Person – 11:36 a.m. Officers responded to a South district residence for a report of a disturbance. No subjects were located when officers arrived. **Officers were dispatched back to the residence later in the afternoon. Contact was made with a female victim over the phone where probable cause was established to arrest/charge a suspect (34-year-old male) for physically assaulting the victim. The suspect is at-large. Investigation continuing.
NORTH: Disturbance – 3:29 p.m. A juvenile (14-year-old female) was detained at a local school in regards to an earlier incident (fight). The juvenile was not cooperative with officers. The juvenile was ultimately arrested and conveyed to the Juvenile Reception Center for resisting and trespassing.
EAST: Check Person – 6:16 p.m. Officers received a request to check the welfare of a subject/suspect (25-year-old male) who was reportedly out of control, causing property damage and throwing knives. The suspect was not on scene when officers arrived but was located in the area and taken into custody. Journey Mental Health plugged in. The suspect was charged with disorderly conduct while armed (two counts) and a probation hold.
EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 9:10 p.m. Officers responded to an East district residence for a disturbance involving a 35-year-old male suspect. The suspect threatened his parents. The suspect was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct.
CENTRAL: Drug Incident – 9:35 p.m. Officers responded to a Central district residence for an unconscious subject who was surrounded by alcohol, an empty pill bottle and a suicide note. The subject was alert when officers arrived. The subject was voluntarily conveyed to a local hospital where she was admitted/left in the care of medical staff.
MIDTOWN: Intoxicated Driver – 2:53 a.m. Officers contacted a driver/suspect (47-year-old male) at Regent St/Monroe St after the driver did not appear to be alert. The suspect was ultimately arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, possession of cocaine and a traffic citation.
NORTH: Adult Arrested Person – 6:29 a.m. Officers responded to a North district residence for an unwanted subject/suspect (34-year-old male). The suspect is not allowed, per court order, to have contact with the victim. The suspect was not on scene when officers arrived but he was located/arrested for felony bail jumping.