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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

From drugs, to guns, to car bumpers, to lasagna, to a butter churner

10/14/2019
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In this podcast listeners are getting a peak behind the multiple curtains that make up the MPD’s Property Rooms. Currently specially trained guardians are overseeing some 125,000 pieces of property and evidence, and they are quickly running out of space. Property Supervisor Lorie Anderson joins Chief Koval and Joel DeSpain for a colorful look at the tasks her team faces.

Duration:00:19:39

MPD connects with young teen through relationship building and restorative justice

9/30/2019
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The MPD is finding new and exciting ways to connect with the city’s young people, breaking down barriers with police through youth academies and other programming. Officers are also providing many who stray from the justice the opportunity to participate in restorative justice processes. Helping lead the charge on both fronts is CORE - our Community Outreach and Resource Education unit. In this podcast CORE team leader Sgt. Meg Hamilton talks about how her unit is helping change attitudes...

Duration:00:24:01

SWAT Responses

9/16/2019
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It is a specially-trained team whose members pride themselves on being able to resolve high-risk calls without injury to suspects, citizens or police officers. In this podcast, SWAT Captain Jason Freedman talks about the types of calls that necessitate a SWAT response, and how his team takes the time after each to explain to witnesses why SWAT was dispatched into their neighborhood.

Duration:00:14:56

Back to School Special

9/3/2019
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In our back to school special we talk about the safety of children getting to and from school, everything from prevention to enforcement. Crossing Guard Supervisor Patti Knoche, Parking Enforcement Supervisor Stefanie Niesen, and Motor Unit Officers Richard Wipperfurth and Michael Beatty all join us for this important information.

Duration:00:28:54

Violent Crime Unit

8/26/2019
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The MPD is having success in rounding up violent criminals and bringing them to justice, and one of the reasons for it is VCU. The Violent Crime Unit was established by Chief Koval several years ago. Results were so good, VCU has now grown into two teams. On the podcast, leaders of both - Det. Sgt. Diane Nachtigal and Det. Sgt. John Messer - talk about how they are now working with the community-based Focused Interruption Coalition to glean needed information to solve crimes.

Duration:00:24:06

Recruiting Sgt. Kipp Hartman

8/12/2019
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The MPD is in the process of hiring a new class of recruits, and despite national trends, the number of applicants applying is going up. In this podcast, Sgt. Kipp Hartman, who heads-up recruiting efforts, talks about how his team is having great success finding quality candidates. Hartman also provides some unique insight into what the MPD is seeking in recruits, and what you can do to increase your odds of landing a job, should you decide to apply.

Duration:00:17:36

K9 Officer Emily House

7/29/2019
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The Madison Police Department is blessed to have a top-notch non-profit organization – Capital K9’s – supporting our K9 Unit – now eight dogs strong! In addition, many animal-loving community members have made very generous donations for the purchase of our beloved K9’s. The most recent addition to the unit is Archie, who is now into his first summer tracking and detecting. In this podcast, Officer Emily House, Archie’s partner, joins Chief Koval to talk about all that our specially trained...

Duration:00:17:05

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