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The Madison Police Department is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the leaders in community-based policing where officers are all recognized as leaders and encouraged to be problem-solving guardians. Leading the MPD is Chief Mike Koval, a former Bucky Badger and FBI agent who likes to post signs around MPD districts. They read: “POLICE LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY!” Koval, who joined the MPD in 1983, was – for decades - the MPD recruiting sergeant. In that role, he sought out a very diverse and eclectic team; people who share common core values like honesty and integrity, officers who seek to embrace diversity and treat all people with dignity. In these podcasts Koval talks about policing the Madison way while addressing topical issues.

The Madison Police Department is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the leaders in community-based policing where officers are all recognized as leaders and encouraged to be problem-solving guardians. Leading the MPD is Chief Mike Koval, a former Bucky Badger and FBI agent who likes to post signs around MPD districts. They read: “POLICE LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY!” Koval, who joined the MPD in 1983, was – for decades - the MPD recruiting sergeant. In that role, he sought out a very diverse and eclectic team; people who share common core values like honesty and integrity, officers who seek to embrace diversity and treat all people with dignity. In these podcasts Koval talks about policing the Madison way while addressing topical issues.
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The Madison Police Department is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the leaders in community-based policing where officers are all recognized as leaders and encouraged to be problem-solving guardians. Leading the MPD is Chief Mike Koval, a former Bucky Badger and FBI agent who likes to post signs around MPD districts. They read: “POLICE LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY!” Koval, who joined the MPD in 1983, was – for decades - the MPD recruiting sergeant. In that role, he sought out a very diverse and eclectic team; people who share common core values like honesty and integrity, officers who seek to embrace diversity and treat all people with dignity. In these podcasts Koval talks about policing the Madison way while addressing topical issues.

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Episodes

Policing Madison’s Upper State Street

8/6/2018
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A challenging environment for the MPD Central District Captain Jason Freedman joins the podcast to walk listeners through the unique challenges of trying to maintain order in Wisconsin’s highest pedestrian traffic area: Upper State Street. A prized portion of the downtown entertainment district, the area is key to tourism, business and government vitality, but it is also home to panhandlers, drug dealers and other lawbreakers. Capt. Freedman talks about new strategies for maintaining decorum...

Duration:00:25:55

Forging Strong Relationships Between Police And Teens

7/23/2018
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MPD’s Summer Youth Academies The MPD is working hard at breaking down barriers between young people and police by improving trust with middle school students. This summer officers of the Community Outreach and Resource Education (CORE) Team will be holding the Black Youth Academy and a Latino Youth Academy. In this podcast CORE Officer Deon Johnson talks about how his team is helping change lives and perceptions even among some who started out with very unfavorable opinions of police. He...

Duration:00:21:52

Play Soccer with Amigos en Azul

7/9/2018
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Amigos en Azul is one of the most well-known programs in the Madison Police Department. Officer Ricardo Franco joins us to talk about how he came to be part of this program. He tells us all about the upcoming Soccer program, including how participants can earn a trip to Chicago!

Duration:00:21:10

Gun violence and secondary trauma

6/25/2018
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Gun violence is far too prevalent across our city. Secondary trauma affects people that we may never come in contact with and has them asking, "Is Madison still safe?" Officers David Dexheimer and Alex Nieves Reyes talk to us today about how they are working with kids and community partners to deal with the psychological and behavioral manifestations of this trauma.

Duration:00:22:15

Getting rammed by a car; getting hit with a dart

6/11/2018
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Parking Enforcement Officers are not always the most liked city employees, but veteran Don Zwettler still loves the job after nearly four decades working Madison’s downtown. Zwettler joins the podcast to talk about the uniqueness of parking in a city built on an isthmus. He also regales listeners with favorite stories from the streets.

Duration:00:21:46

Critical incidents on the rise, and so is officer stress

5/29/2018
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The number of critical incidents to which officers are responding is trending dramatically upwards this year. Helping them cope with baby deaths, teen suicides, gunshot victims and other serious calls is Tresa Martinez. She is the Administrator of Madison's Employee Assistance Program, and works hands-on with first responders as they try to manage stress. Martinez joins the podcast to talk about just how important her team is right now, and why other departments across the country should be...

Duration:00:20:04

Marijuana use among impaired drivers on the rise

5/14/2018
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MPD subject matter expert sounds an alarm In this podcast Madison Police Traffic Specialist Deanna Reilly - a respected subject matter expert on the topic of impaired driving - talks about the alarming number of cases where marijuana using motorists are getting behind the wheel, creating danger on our roadways. Reilly looks to Colorado and Washington State to show how pot legalization can be tied to tragic consequences. Chief Koval is on record favoring legalizing marijuana. It all makes for...

Duration:00:22:13

From farming to litigating to policing

4/30/2018
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The intriguing journey of a new MPD recruit Officer Chelsea Wetjen grew up on an Iowa farm, studied animal husbandry in college and worked for a yogurt company upon graduation. She found her way to law school, the Dane County District Attorney’s office, and is now getting ready to fly solo as a brand new MPD officer. Her story is unique, but not unusual when you look at the diverse backgrounds of those who have felt the calling to serve the Madison community. Find out why a candid...

Duration:00:15:52

MPD preps for early Mifflin St. party

4/16/2018
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The days of missile throwing, turning over squad cars, and demanding an end to war are but a memory, yet that which started during the Vietnam War continues on. Students and other merrymakers will soon be gathering on Mifflin St. for what has become a rite of passage in Madison each spring. The MPD has been working with residents in the run-up to the party on expectations and what will be tolerated by officers. In years past, the festivities have come in May, but this year the Mifflin party...

Duration:00:14:55

Keeping protests peaceful

4/2/2018
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There was a time when the MPD responded to protests with nightsticks and riot gear. Now the department is recognized nationally for how its Special Event Team keeps rallies, marches, and large gatherings peaceful. In this podcast, SET leader Capt. Tom Snyder joins Chief Koval to talk about the training and the mindset that has produced phenomenal success.

Duration:00:24:07

The real CSI

3/19/2018
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The MPD has a team of forensic investigators, and none has more experience than Dan Roman. In this podcast Investigator Roman provides insight into how he goes about fitting pieces to complex crime scene puzzles together. The veteran officer also tells listeners what you can actually do with modern technology to solve crimes, and why some of what you see on TV is nothing more than fiction.

Duration:00:19:33

OIR’s most important recommendation

3/5/2018
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Recently, California based OIR group provided the City of Madison with 146 recommendations for the Madison Police Department. In response, Asst. Chief Vic Wahl addressed all suggestions in a MPD report. Now, in this podcast, Asst. Chief Wahl identifies what he sees as the top recommendation from OIR, and how implementing it might vastly improve relationships with the community. Chief Koval also provides his perspective on what is seen as an important roadmap to the MPD’s future.

Duration:00:16:24

Officers are saving lives thanks to special training and medical gear

2/19/2018
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Officer Carrie Hemming makes a repeat appearance on the podcast as she talks about how specialized medical training is enabling officers to save many lives. Officer Hemming, who is also an advanced EMT and a registered nurse, is one of those training new recruits and veteran officers. In this podcast she explores the significant evolution of first aid education for first responders, and highlights some of the crucial medical supplies now being carries by MPD officers.

Duration:00:14:17

MPD’s Unmanned Aircraft System Team Soaring

2/5/2018
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The MPD’s FAA certified “drone” pilots can now deploy around the clock, and the technology at their fingertips continues to get even better. For instance, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems, utilized by the MPD, can now pick up, transport, and safely deliver objects like communication devices or first aid kits. In this podcast, the team’s “Top Gun,” Lt. Mike Hanson, talks about how his unit is being used to find lost people and fugitives, gather criminal intelligence, and monitor large crowds.

Duration:00:18:58

Keeping Tabs on Madison’s Registered Sex Offenders

1/22/2018
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There are about 1000 registered sex offenders living in Dane County, with over half listing City of Madison addresses. In this podcast, Criminal Intelligence Section Officer Scott Favour talks about how his unit joins forces with State Department of Corrections to monitor offenders. Favour also describes ways in which the MPD gets important information out to the community, particularly in cases where high profile registrants are coming to live in Wisconsin’s capital city.

Duration:00:20:35

Human trafficking claiming more local victims

1/8/2018
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Det. Roger Baker, of the Special Victims Unit, is a MPD subject matter expert in human trafficking. In this podcast Det. Baker talks about how and why more young women are being victimized by manipulative pimps. He also provides guidance to parents and other loved ones about potential warning signs.

Duration:00:15:52

Case detective sheds light on recent scams, some targeting grandparents

12/26/2017
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Det. Deb Plantz joins the podcast to talk about a rise in a despicable type of fraud. These are cases where smooth-talking scam artists target grandparents, and in some cases, have gotten away with tens of thousands of dollars. Host Joel DeSpain and Chief Koval also talk with Det. Plantz about other recent cons. It is hoped the podcast will prevent more from being victimized.

Duration:00:16:15

Feds turn MPD down as staffing shortages loom

12/18/2017
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Recently the MPD learned it would not be getting any federal grant money to hire additional police officers in 2018. The bad news comes at a time when the Department is in a serious need of bolstering the patrol services ranks. The new Midtown Police District will be up and running this year, and the city’s annexation of the Town of Madison is looming, both of which will necessitate additional staffing. In this podcast Chief Mike Koval talks about next steps, why he thinks the feds might be...

Duration:00:18:17

Demand for MPD active shooter training high

12/11/2017
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The number of active shooter cases around the country has raised concern across the greater Madison community as many wonder what they would do if – forbid - they got caught up in a volatile situation with and armed suspect. In this podcast one of a team of MPD subject matter experts, Officer Carrie Hemming talks about Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training sessions that are frequently presented by her group. Hemming gives listeners with some of the top tips for staying...

Duration:00:25:55

MPD lights up social media and response is great

12/4/2017
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Recently, the MPD launched a Twitter campaign titled #NightlyLockup, and is has created a buzz in the media and across the community. In this podcast, West District Capt. Cory Nelson, joins Chief Mike Koval to talk about how a rash of gun thefts from unlocked cars inspired him to push the campaign forward. The creative endeavor now includes a billboard blitz, and will be tweaked frequently to include more crime prevention topics.

Duration:00:18:09