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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

CampHERO

7/15/2019
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Now in it's 8th year, CampHERO teaches girls courage, character, and confidence, as well as the protective services of EMS, Fire, and Police. Girl Scout and Captain Jennifer Krueger Favour joins us to talk about this fantastic program. It fills up every summer, so here's what you need to know to come this time next year! Hint: You don't have to be a girl scout!

Duration:00:15:06

Parking 411

7/1/2019
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Parking Enforcement Officer is apparently a coveted position! Stefanie Nieson joins us to talk about the unit and some of the most common reasons people get tickets.

Duration:00:25:17

A national leader, MPD’s Mental Health Team

6/17/2019
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Specially trained officers and embedded mental health professionals are keeping more people out of the criminal justice system and getting them connected to resources for the help they need. In the process they are peacefully resolving situations, saving lives, helping families, and building stronger bonds with those they serve. In this podcast Mental Health Team Sgt. Sarah Shimko and Mental Health Officer Andrew Muir talk about the rising need for their specialized services.

Duration:00:22:55

Breaking down barriers, building young leaders

6/3/2019
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Madison Police officers will be building stronger bonds with area young people this summer through youth academies, soccer programs and other activities designed to build leaders while breaking down barriers between youth and police. In this podcast Community Outreach Captain Matt Tye talks about MPD’s efforts to partner with outside agencies to find solutions to social and community issues impacting young people. Capt. Tye also examines how his team is helping children make better decisions...

Duration:00:21:33

MPD’s new recruit class a record breaker

5/20/2019
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MPD’s training team is gearing up for some real challenges as at least 50 new police recruits will soon be sworn in to protect and serve the Madison community. This will be the largest recruit class in MPD history. On this podcast, Capt. Jen Krueger Favour, who leads the academy, talks about the enormous class size: why so many are needed, and why an ample number of top-notch candidates applied despite a national narrative that is not always favorable to the profession.

Duration:00:19:48

Taking it on the road: MPD implicit bias training

5/6/2019
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The MPD has been leading the nation in teaching officers about implicit biases since 2011. Now the Departments’ subject matter experts are taking these educational efforts out into the community. Their workshops are creating stronger neighborhoods where residents trust one another and don’t build barriers because of differences. In the second of our two-part podcast on this important topic, Officers Natalie Deibel and Officer Lore Vang talk about how their backgrounds in educating college...

Duration:00:16:13

MPD implicit bias team making a real difference

4/30/2019
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It is something the MPD took a national lead on years ago. Now a group of Madison Police officers, all subject matter experts in implicit bias training, have formed a team and are leading efforts to educate many, both inside and outside of the MPD, on how to recognize unconscious biases. The goal is to have more compassionate officers and community members. In this podcast two from the team, Officer Natalie Deibel and Officer Lore Vang, talk about how their work is changing lives and...

Duration:00:18:13

Amigos en Azul

4/15/2019
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At a time in America where some in the Latino community are feeling somewhat uneasy, here in Madison all are finding they have good friends in the law enforcement community. In this podcast, members of the our Amigos en Azul team talk about a plethora of community engagements they are making to ensure all in the Latino community feel welcomed and protected. Sgt. Harrison Zanders and Officer Gracia Rodriguez join Chief Koval to talk about the importance of the unit in terms of public safety...

Duration:00:26:09

Dedication with a smile

4/1/2019
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MPD’s adult crossing guard program Some have been honored for saving children’s lives, others have escorted the same students from kindergarten through high school graduation, and are revered and loved by countless families. In this podcast, MPD’s crossing guard supervisors Patti Knoche and Virginia Kravik join the podcast to talk about holding drivers accountable and the training it takes to become a member of their close-knit team.

Duration:00:20:49

Coffee with a Cop

3/19/2019
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Community engagement is a top priority for MPD officers. In this podcast North District Neighborhood Resource Officer David Dexheimer talks about the very successful Coffee with a Cop program, as well as other ways he and others are building stronger partnerships between the community and the police department.

Duration:00:15:51

A peak behind the Professional Standards and Internal Affairs curtain

3/4/2019
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In this podcast we venture into a sometimes secret area of the MPD: Professional Standards and Internal Affairs. While members of the public can file complaints against officers, it is also the case that a large share of investigations are launched without a complaint, on a pro-active basis. Lt. Tim Radke joins Chief Koval on the podcast to shed light on the unit he leads.

Duration:00:19:36

Helping officers, saving lives through MPD’s Peer Support Program

2/18/2019
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There is no doubt about it, says MPD Captain Brian Chaney Austin, MPD’s innovative Peer Support Program has definitely saved officers lives, and assisted many in coping with stresses and health-related issues that often come with seeing things that can be sad and horrible. In this podcast Capt. Chaney Austin joins Chief Koval in talking about how crucial officer to officer support is in keeping the men and women of the MPD on the job and functioning at a high level.

Duration:00:17:37

Madisonians band together through Good Neighbor Project

2/4/2019
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It’s a throwback really, to the way life used to be: neighbor helping neighbor, knowing those who live on your block, pitching in when anyone needed assistance. The MPD is helping restore that strong sense of community through the Good Neighbor Project, an outgrowth of what was once community crime watch programs. In this podcast Crime Prevention Officer Tyler Grigg and Midvale Heights Good Neighbor Project leader Wendy Reichel talk about the upcoming Good Neighbor Night, which will be open...

Duration:00:20:00

“Battle of the Badges” promises family fun while helping heroin addicts

1/21/2019
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If you see looks of worry on faces of Madison firefighters, it is for good reason! The “Mad City Police” hockey team is sporting a winning confidence this season in the run-up to the annual charity classic: “Battle of the Badges.” In this podcast Officer Scott Beckfield talks about how MPD skaters have been training hard for the January 26th family event at Hartmeyer Ice Arena. The game – which features a family skate - is actually all about having fun with 100% of proceeds going to Safe...

Duration:00:12:37

On the Cutting Edge of Policing: Medic Platoon now part of MPD’s Special Events Team

1/7/2019
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Madison’s Special Events Team (SET) is regarded as one of the best crowd management police units in the nation. Now SET is setting a new standard in protecting people through a specially trained medic platoon. On this podcast Officer Lars Bland, who was a nurse before coming to the MPD, talks about the importance of having police medics in crowds of people.

Duration:00:21:21

Finding common ground

12/24/2018
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The police union and MPD management forge strong bonds and a common vision They both want body worn cameras and more prosecutors for the District Attorney’s office. At the Madison Police Department there is a somewhat unique relationship between command staff and the MPPOA – the Madison Professional Police Officers Association. In this podcast, Officer Dan Frei, the MPPOA’s president sits down with Chief Koval to talk about why things work so well here when others often have serious issues...

Duration:00:23:03

Turning lives around

12/10/2018
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MPD’s Special Investigations Unit recognized as leader in focused deterrence A special team at the MPD looks to identify Madison’s most prolific repeat violent offenders with hopes of turning lives of crime around. The Special Investigations Unit is now seven years old and a national model in focused deterrence. Many offenders are taking the hand up, becoming good members of the community, others have found themselves swiftly back behind bars. In this podcast SIU coordinator, Officer Bernie...

Duration:00:23:39

Police Officers and Suicide Prevention

11/26/2018
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It is a subject many in policing have historically not wanted to talk about: suicides among first responders. Officers often see, hear, smell and sometimes even taste things that can be awful and horrendous. Over time this can take a toll. Fortunately through peer support and a wonderful City of Madison Employee Assistance Program (EAP) officers are getting support and help. On this podcast EAP administrator Tresa Martinez joins the podcast for a candid conversation on a difficult topic.

Duration:00:17:27

The art of being a SWAT negotiator

11/12/2018
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Veteran MPD detective provides an insiders perspective What we see on TV crime shows is far from reality. On the podcast veteran detective Justine Harris talks about what really takes place when she is communicating with someone in crisis: many times in danger of harming themselves or others. Det. Harris is with the MPD’s Violent Crime Unit, but is also one of several specially trained employees who are called out to try to peacefully resolve volatile situations.

Duration:00:21:43

Monitoring Dane County’s Registered Sex Offenders

10/29/2018
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Department of Corrections joins forces with MPD If you are wanting to find out about sex offenders living in your neighborhood, it is as easy as accessing the internet and going to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry. On the other end, the person in charge of keeping track of Dane County sex offenders (there are over 1000) is Gabrielle Kaiser. On the podcast she talks about how crucial MPD officers are in helping her monitor the whereabouts of those on the registry,...

Duration:00:19:25