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Personal Protective Equipment MPD is Utilizing and MPD Notable Calls 03/19/2020 to 03/20/2020

March 20, 2020 9:00 AM

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Earlier this week I shared an overview of the personal protective equipment (PPE) that MPD officers are being provided during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Below is a photo of an additional PPE mask that MPD officers are being provided and that you might see them wearing.  And while this mask looks much different than a "paper" N95 mask, it is functionally the same.  Healthcare providers and public safety agencies are all struggling to replenish PPE supplies and this situation unfolds.  The half-mask you see below can be sanitized and re-used, and we are able to deploy them to supplement the more traditional N95 mask people are accustomed to seeing.  If you see an MPD officer wearing one, it does not reflect any increased exposure/spread risk from COVID-19...it is simply a different variant of N95 protection that we are able to provide to our personnel.

MPD's front-line services remain fully in place, and we will be emphasizing visibility and extra patrol to the many businesses that have had to close this week.  Please continue to follow the Governor's Public Health order and practice social distancing when you must go out. 

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An example of an officer wearing a half-mask

 

 

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 03/05/2020 through 6:00 a.m. on 03/06/2020, MPD received 279 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 (51), East (62), Midtown (41), North (47), South (20), West (44), and Other (14).  "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. 

 

03/19

*Priority calls only from 2:30pm to 5:42pm and from 8:23pm until 9:20pm due to calls for service.

WEST: Residential Burglary – 8:00 a.m.  Dispatch received several reports of break-ins to vehicles parked in underground garages in the west district.

SOUTH: Runaway Juvenile – 10:36 a.m.  A mother reported her 15-year-old daughter ran away from home the previous evening.  The juvenile was located and returned home.

EAST: Assist EMS/Fire – 12:26 p.m.  MPD assisted Madison Fire at a small fire on the roof of the Garver Point apartments that resulted from a lightning strike.  Damage was reported to be minor and no injuries were reported.

CENTRAL: Check Property/Information – 2:07 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to a residence for a report of a weapons offense and possible domestic disturbance.  Upon arrival officers did not locate any evidence of a disturbance.  Officers made contact with the resident who informed officers she had been the victim of identity theft and her address was being targeted with various acts of fraud and other criminal actions.

NORTH: Child Abuse – 2:09 p.m.  During a verbal argument between the victim and suspect (41-year-old female), the suspect punched the victim, who is a juvenile, in the face.  The suspect fled the residence prior to police arrival on scene.  Officers developed probable cause to arrest the suspect for child abuse.  CPS was notified and a safety plan put in place.

EAST: Weapons Offense – 2:25 p.m.  Officers responded to the 800 block of Vernon Ave for multiple reports of shots fired and a vehicle fleeing the scene.  Officers located evidence of shots fired in a parking lot.  Officers canvassed the area.  There are no reports of damage or injuries at this time.  Incident report completed on MPD website.

NORTH: Recovered/Stolen Vehicle – 6:27 p.m.  An officer located a vehicle in a parking lot that was reported stolen.  The officer made contact with two subjects observed leaving the area and one of them (19-year-old female) had the keys to the vehicle with her.  The suspect was charged with operating a motor vehicle without consent and taken to jail.

SOUTH: OMVWI – 6:34 p.m.  The suspect (50-year-old male) drove his vehicle into his apartment building, damaging the building and his apartment.  The suspect was transported to the hospital to be treated for injuries.  The suspect was charged with OWI 5th offense.

MIDTOWN: Drug Overdose – 6:43 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Danbury St and Windflower Way for two unresponsive subjects in a vehicle.  Officers located heroin and paraphernalia on scene.  The two suspects (30-year-old male and 24-year-old female) were transported to the hospital.  Both suspects were charged with possession of heroin.

CENTRAL: Disturbance – 7:40 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to a residence for a subject (24-year-old male) who was intoxicated, causing injury to himself and wreaking havoc in the residence.  The subject/suspect resisted being taken into custody and caused minor injuries to two officers while they attempted to detain him.  The suspect was cited for resisting/obstructing and was transported to detox.

 

03/20

WEST: Runaway Juvenile – 12:15 a.m.  A mother reported her 13-year-old daughter missing.  An ATL was aired and the juvenile was listed as missing.

WEST: Check Property – 3:49 a.m.  A caller reported waking up to a noise and observing a couple juvenile males looking around the area.  Officers responded and checked the area but did not locate the subjects and did not observe any signs of forced entry.

WEST: Assist EMS/Fire – 4:20 a.m.  A subject contacted dispatch concerned that they might have covid-19.  Police and MFD paramedics responded to the address.  Paramedics made contact with the patient and advised they did not need police assistance.

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