Madison Police Department Policy & Procedure Ad Hoc Committee Final Report

182 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2019

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Keith A. Findley

University of Wisconsin Law School

Gregory Gelembiuk

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Tom Brown

Independent

Matthew Braunginn

Independent

Veronica Figueroa

Independent

Jacquelyn Hunt

Independent

Kim Jorgensen

Independent

Linda Ketchum

Independent

Sue Petkovsek

Independent

Sean Saiz

Independent

Mario Garcia Sierra

Independent

Luis Yudice

Independent

Date Written: October 18, 2019

Abstract

After nearly four years of study, evaluation, and deliberation, the Madison, Wisconsin, Ad Hoc Committee charged with undertaking a comprehensive review of the Madison Police Department (MPD) has completed its work and issued its final report. The report contains 177 specific recommendations to chart a path for the future that will help bring together Madison's diverse communities and its police department, build mechanisms for collaboration and trust through enhanced civilian input and oversight of the policing function, and ensure that the Madison Police Department continues its long-standing ideals of community policing and problem-oriented policing. The centerpiece of the report and its recommendations is that Madison should create structures for civilian oversight of police through a new Office of an Independent Monitor that responds to a Civilian Review Board, composed of civilians who reflect all of Madison's diverse communities and the lived experiences of those members of the community who frequently come into contact with the police. That recommendation was submitted to the Common Council separately on August 6, 2019, and was accepted by the Council. The Mayor's budget includes $200,000 to implement that recommendation. Other recommendations include proposals aimed at improving the MPD's relations with the Madison Community, including addressing race and equity concerns; enhancing the MPD's commitment to and practice of community policing and problem-oriented policing; enhancing the MPD's ability to respond effectively and sensitively to individuals in mental health crises; minimizing the need to resort to and the frequency of incidents of police use of force, including deadly force; improving accountability and transparency; creating processes for learning from bad outcomes, including police or civilian fatalities; and others.

Keywords: policing, community policing, problem-oriented policing, police use of force, civilian oversight

JEL Classification: K42

Suggested Citation

Findley, Keith A. and Gelembiuk, Gregory and Brown, Tom and Braunginn, Matthew and Figueroa, Veronica and Hunt, Jacquelyn and Jorgensen, Kim and Ketchum, Linda and Petkovsek, Sue and Saiz, Sean and Garcia Sierra, Mario and Yudice, Luis, Madison Police Department Policy & Procedure Ad Hoc Committee Final Report (October 18, 2019). Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1496 (October, 2019), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3472126 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3472126

Keith A. Findley (Contact Author)

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Gregory Gelembiuk

University of Wisconsin - Madison ( email )

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Madison, WI 53706-1481
United States

Tom Brown

Independent ( email )

Matthew Braunginn

Independent ( email )

Veronica Figueroa

Independent ( email )

Jacquelyn Hunt

Independent ( email )

Kim Jorgensen

Independent ( email )

Linda Ketchum

Independent ( email )

Sue Petkovsek

Independent ( email )

Sean Saiz

Independent ( email )

Mario Garcia Sierra

Independent ( email )

Luis Yudice

Independent ( email )

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