Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 12:00pm
Policing is an issue that divides Americans. Some people don’t trust police, and fear that the officers who are sworn to protect and serve might actually harm them. Others think police are under attack, and maybe even deserve hate crime protection.
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 3:50pm
The Madison Police Department's 23 police recruits have wrapped up their time at the academy and are one step closer to becoming real officers. The recruits are entering field training, and those who successfully complete field training will be ready for solo patrol as soon as May 28, and will graduate June 23.
Monday, February 20, 2017, 10:10am
New police recruits are entering the field at a time when police shootings in Wisconsin and across the nation have drawn intense scrutiny from the public. As a part of the Madison Police Department's training, each recruit is put through a mock shooting, from pulling the trigger all the way through the investigation.
Thursday, February 9, 2017, 4:55pm
During their block of training on mental health, Madison's 23 police recruits learned what it’s like to experience certain symptoms of mental illness, and how best to respond to citizens in crisis.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 9:50am
How law enforcement and undocumented immigrants around the United States interact is a controversial issue and was featured prominently in the 2016 presidential election. Madison’s officers-in-training learn about issues facing immigrants from Latino community members.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 6:00am
In the Madison Police Department Training Academy, geography is a four-hour block of training that takes place in a computer lab. For the 23 new recruits, learning the city’s geography is one of the biggest challenges.
Sunday, November 27, 2016, 2:15pm
The Madison Police Department recruits are in their eleventh week of the six-month academy. Of the 23 recruits, about half are married, and a handful have kids.
Friday, November 18, 2016, 3:55pm
Driving is something police do every day. It's also one of the most dangerous things they do, with a handful of officers killed each year in vehicle pursuits.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 11:05am
At a time when officer-involved shootings across the nation, and here in Wisconsin, have drawn public scrutiny, the use of force is one of the most difficult things for police recruits to learn and for training staff to teach.
Monday, October 10, 2016, 5:00am
For officer Jared Prado, who trains recruits about bias, it's imperative police learn their history and not gloss over the ugly parts.
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:20pm
The recruits' first day was both exciting and nerve-wracking. After a short orientation, they took an oath in front of Mayor Paul Soglin, Police Chief Mike Koval, their families, other officers and community leaders.
Sunday, September 11, 2016, 7:15pm
Those in the new class of police recruits with the Madison Police Department are starting their law enforcement careers at a time when public confidence in policing is at its lowest point in decades.