This morning, Shon Barnes was sworn in as Madison’s new Chief of Police. Barnes will be replacing outgoing Chief of Police Vic Wahl, who’s served as the interim head of the department for the past sixteen months since the abrupt departure of former chief Mike Koval in 2019. Barnes most recently worked with the Civilian […]
Dr. Shon Barnes, of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability in Chicago, will be Madison’s next top cop. On Friday, Madison’s Police and Fire Commission voted 3-2 to extend a conditional offer to Barnes, after he beat out a crowded field of more than 40 potential candidates and four finalists to secure the position. In […]
Photo by Mainzer-Einsatzfahrzeuge on Pixabay. The City of Madison is reviewing the standard operating procedures for its police force. Standard operating procedures are the guidelines for officers to follow while on the job. And they cover procedures for de-escalation, conduct during protests, and use of force. Last night, some members of Madison’s Public Safety […]
According to a draft timeline of the selection process, the Madison Board of Police and Fire Commissioners intends to select a new permanent Chief of Police by the end of this year. That’s nearly double the timeline proposed by Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, who says she wants a new chief to be selected in the next […]
An 11-year old girl has helped Madison police catch a man they believe is responsible for assaulting several women. Madison police made the arrest on Monday, saying he could have become a serial predator. Reporter Jade Iseri-Ramos has the story from the Central Police Station.
At a news conference in April, after a particularly busy night of gunfire reports, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval told reporters that Madison needs to have a “come to Jesus moment” about the amount and nature of gun violence in the city. Koval argued that the Madison Police Department has too few patrol officers and […]