Madison Police


David Michael Miller

Police departments around Wisconsin are embracing body cameras. Why hasn’t Madison jumped on the bandwagon? more

Nov 22, 2017 5:00 AM News

According to Madison Police, 26 guns were stolen from cars this year and 41 guns were swiped last year. The department hopes a social media campaign will get more people to lock their cars. more

Nov 20, 2017 3:32 PM News

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David Michael Miller

The Derail the Jail coalition says Dane County doesn’t need to spend $76 million consolidating jail operations. But officials say the group is ignoring the facts and putting inmates lives at risk. more

Nov 16, 2017 5:02 AM News 4 Comments


Dylan Brogan

The Madison Police Department recently added the Sage Deuce Launcher to its toolkit of “less lethal” weapons used by patrol officers. But the weapon won’t change the department’s use of force policies. more

Oct 25, 2017 3:00 PM News 1 Comments


Todd Hubler

After a record 11 homicides in 2017, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin wants 18 new high resolution cameras installed to catch “people who are firing guns.” more

Oct 12, 2017 5:02 AM News 2 Comments

Every year, the Madison Police Department is forced to sell or dump hundreds of bikes that have been lost or stolen. Some police employees thought it would be nice if they could give away those bikes to people in need. more

Sep 28, 2017 5:00 AM News 3 Comments


David Michael Miller

Civil rights lawsuits stemming from police shootings in Madison are raising the city’s insurance costs. The city’s share of just two recent multimillion dollar lawsuits cost taxpayers $600,000. more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM News


Andy Manis

Cheri Maples was a tough cop who rose up the ranks to become a captain in the Madison Police Department, spending two decades on the force. If there was a single thread that held together the strands of Maples’ personality, it was courage. more

Jul 28, 2017 11:49 AM News 3 Comments

How Madison deals with crime, homelessness and sharing community space still a tough balancing act at the top of State Street. more

May 1, 2017 5:11 PM News 10 Comments


Madison Police Department

The Madison Police Department is hoping to get a slightly less imposing military vehicle by buying a BearCat from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office and sending its Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle back to the federal government. more

Apr 19, 2017 7:42 PM News 1 Comments

Madison police says it won’t use its new drones often. But Ald. Rebecca Kemble wonders why the public and policymakers weren’t told about the new law enforcement tool. more

Apr 14, 2017 4:10 PM News 2 Comments


Steven Potter

Late last month, Andrea Irwin settled a lawsuit against the officer who killed her son for a record $3.35 million. But she has found no vindication or peace from the legal victory. more

Mar 30, 2017 12:00 AM News 5 Comments


Steven Potter

On Monday, lawyers for Tony Robinson’s family released the evidence and arguments they were planning on making had the case gone to trial. Now one alder is calling for a new investigation and another wants the city to have more say in settlements. more

Mar 8, 2017 11:12 AM News

Tony Robinson’s family is releasing documents collected in a now-settled lawsuit, which it says proves the officer who killed him lied. State Rep. Chris Taylor is proposing new reforms for police use of force and officer-involved shootings. more

Mar 6, 2017 2:39 PM News


Steven Potter

Attorneys representing the family of Tony Robinson say they had strong evidence directly contradicting Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny’s account in the 2015 killing. On Thursday, the city settled the case for $3.35 million. more

Feb 23, 2017 12:01 AM News 1 Comments


Chris Roberts

In a lawsuit filed against the city, attorneys representing the family of Tony Robinson contend that video and forensic evidence directly contradict statements by Madison police officer Matt Kenny, who killed Robinson two years ago. more

Feb 22, 2017 10:05 AM News


David Michael Miller

For three years, Dane County has given a select number of addicts a chance to avoid prosecution, provided they complete a rigorous deferment program. The county is now looking to double the program’s capacity. more

Dec 1, 2016 5:00 AM News



The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is expected to get a new BearCat armored rescue vehicle in 2017. Sheriff Dave Mahoney says there is a “significant difference” between the BearCat and the MRAP military vehicle used by the Madison Police Department. more

Nov 23, 2016 2:58 PM News


James Heimer

Milwaukee has enlisted volunteer chaplains to try to bridge the gap between police and the community. The program has had remarkable success, helping to quell riots that broke out after a police shooting. Could a similar program work in Madison? more

Nov 10, 2016 5:00 AM News


Mary Langenfeld

Madison’s educational resource officers are cops who work in high schools. Viewed with suspicion by many, their role has been scrutinized. The four officers all came to police work in roundabout ways and are driven by a desire to help children. more

Oct 6, 2016 5:00 AM News

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    Madison Police Department


    Madison police say the surplus military vehicle known as an MRAP isn't ideal for civilian law enforcement agencies.