Work began on the city’s newest police station today.
The project’s estimated cost is close $11 million and has been in the works for years. Funding was narrowly approved by the city’s operating budget two years ago.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says it’s a step in the right direction for community policing. He says that community policing gets you closer to grassroots level and people won’t look at you as a “foreign occupying army.” The facility will include a neighborhood room, so that community members can become familiar with the station.
Mayor Soglin’s 2018 operating budget calls for $1.5 million to fund ten new officers for the station. He says that construction of a new station comes at a critical time and points to the growing opioid epidemic and loose gun regulation.
WORT reporter Nina Kravinsky has more on the new midtown station.