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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Krystal Webb, United Way of Dane County
Office: (608)246-5487 Cell: (608)416-0401
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Local Police Departments Respond to
Use of Force Recommendations
Police Chiefs Report Back on Recommendations Issued in February


Madison, WI (October 18, 2016) – Following a groundbreaking collaboration between leaders of color and law enforcement leaders, police departments around Dane County are reporting back on the collaboration’s recommendations regarding police use of force.

Eight months ago, the Special Community/Police Task Force released its ‘use of force’ recommendations designed to create a deeper understanding between communities of color and law enforcement agencies. This Task Force was co-chaired by retired UW-Madison Police Chief Sue Riseling and Rev. Everett Mitchell, with Dr. Ruben Anthony, CEO of Urban League of Greater Madison, serving as Vice Chair.

This idea and the Task Force were developed by the NAACP/United Way Law Enforcement and Leaders of Color Collaboration in response to officer-involved shootings in Madison and across the country. The Collaboration’s goal is to cultivate and strengthen relationships between local leaders of both groups. The Collaboration was created (and is co-chaired) by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Dane County Branch #36AB and United Way of Dane County.

To view the Task Force’s February report, recommendations and Executive Summary, please visit here.

Since February, 17 law enforcement agencies in Dane County have reported progress that each has made in its implementation of the Collaboration’s recommendations. Here are examples that demonstrate this progress:

  • Task Force Recommendation: Change Key Policing Practices to Reduce Police “Use of Force”
    • Madison Police Department: This department applied for and received grant funding to establish a full-time Use of Force Coordinator position. This position went into effect just last month and is under the oversight of the Captain of Community Outreach. The Use of Force Coordinator will collect, maintain, review and regularly report data related to police use of force; communicate and collaborate with members of the community regarding police use of force data, policy, and training; and work to continuously improve officer proficiency related to use of force.
    • McFarland Police Department: This department conducted a review of standing operating practices as compared with the task force recommendations. It then brought the comparison first to its Public Safety Committee, and then to its Village Board for public inspection in an open meeting setting. Both the Public Safety Committee and Village Board felt comfortable with the operating practices and found that the majority of the recommendations were already part of the department’s practices.
    • Cottage Grove Police Department: This department updated its Use of Force policy to bring the department in line with a majority of the recommendations.
  • Task Force Recommendation: Change Key Policing Practices to Reduce Police “Use of Force” – Explore/adopt restorative justice practices.
    • Town of Madison Police Department: This department became involved in the Community Restorative Court program that was recently implemented by Dane County and the City of Madison. The Town of Madison’s police chief says his department is excited to be involved.
    • Verona Police Department: This department is working with Verona Area School District to design a peer court for students. The department and school district will develop a policy or written guidelines for the court.
    • Shorewood Hills Police Department: This department’s police chief reports its court is researching the Community Restorative Court Program.
    • Stoughton Police Department: This department is working with its Municipal Court to look at re-establishing a peer court system that had previously been used.
  • Task Force Recommendation: Change Key Policing Practices to Reduce Police “Use of Force” – Develop strategic partnerships to strengthen recruitment efforts.
    • Monona Police Department: This department has added to its strategic plan to include the recruitment of minority candidates for future job openings.
    • University of Wisconsin Police Department: This department is working on developing strategic partnerships to strengthen recruitment efforts and is establishing these efforts as a department strategic goal.
    • Oregon Police Department: This department is welcoming suggestions from its residents on ways to develop strategic relationships that will strengthen its recruitment efforts.
  • Task Force Recommendation: Change Key Policing Practices to Reduce Police “Use of Force” – Analyze the use of body cameras.
    • Waunakee Police Department: This department has researched body cameras and will begin to use them in 2017.
    • Blue Mounds Police Department: This department is testing out different models of body cameras and is currently working with vendors.
*For a list of which departments use body cameras, see chart below.
  • Task Force Recommendation: Police Academy Training – Government entities responsible for funding law enforcement agencies in Dane County should provide agencies with additional funding to improve the quality and frequency of officer training.
    • Middleton Police Department: Middleton officers attended an average of 79 hours of specialized training in 2015 and an increase in its training budget has been requested for 2017.
    • Dane County Sheriff’s Office: The DCSO administered a grant to provide implicit bias training to municipal agencies in 2016. All sworn staff of the DCSO have participated in Implicit Bias Training. All sworn personnel participated in deescalation training during 2016 in-service sessions.
  • Task Force Recommendation: Engage and Educate the Community – Develop genuine relationships with community leaders.
    • Sun Prairie Police Department: Recent in-service trainings covered implicit bias, as well as effects of poverty, unemployment and single parent homes. This department works with local non-profit, The Sunshine Place, on how these topics affect the relationship between law enforcement and residents. Sun Prairie will also create a web-based community survey tool to solicit ideas and input from the community.
  • Task Force Recommendation: Ensure Officer Well-Being – Develop employee wellness programs focused on mental health, physical health and nutrition.
    • Fitchburg Police Department: This department has scheduled an in-service
      training in 2017 that will focus on officer wellness.
    • DeForest Police Department: Officers have memberships at local fitness centers. Several officers take advantage of the fire department gym. There is a department chaplain available 24/7 along with an Employee Assistance Program. Debriefings are done on a regular basis for incidents involving traumatic situations. DeForest’s police chief says the department will continue to expand where it can. 
This list represents just one example from each department. Media is welcome to contact police departments directly for more information.

“These are just a few examples of the collaborative work being done by police departments across Dane County,” said Greg Jones, President of the NAACP and Co-Chair of the Collaboration. “These reports are the result of many hours of learning and listening done together by law enforcement agencies, communities of color and members of our Special Community/Police Task Force. There is still more work to be done, but the Collaboration is committed to doing this work.”

“The Dane County Chiefs of Police Association has been supportive of the Task Force’s work since it began in 2015,” said Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke, who also serves as President of the Dane County Chiefs of Police Association. “These recommendations have laid out ways to build deeper relationships in each of our communities, with the ultimate goal to improve the safety for all involved in police/citizen interactions.”

“With NAACP, United Way is gratified by the honesty, openness and listening that occurs
between members of the Task Force, as well as those of our full Collaboration,” said Renee Moe, President and CEO of United Way of Dane County. “The goal of all discussions is to build trust, peace and equity throughout our community. We are committed to building upon the Use of Force recommendations and continuing the hard work that has been accomplished by our Task Force.”

For more information, members of the NAACP/United Way Law Enforcement and Leaders of Color Collaboration are willing to speak within the community to aid understanding and engagement of the ‘use of force’ recommendations.

The Collaboration continues to meet monthly to identify ways to offer assistance to police agencies in their implementation of the ‘use of force’ recommendations. Both entities are committed to building more trust and equity, so they can identify and address other barriers that will further strengthen this relationship.

Police Departments that Use Body Worn Cameras
(source: Dane County Chiefs of Police Association)



                                       Police Department                  In Use
                                               Madison                    Yes, SWAT only
                                             McFarland                           Yes
                                               DeForest                    Yes, SRO only
                                              Stoughton                           Yes
                                            UW-Madison                         Yes
                                                Marshall                            Yes
                                         Town of Madison                      Yes
                                                 Oregon                             Yes
                                              Maple Bluff                          Yes

                                       Police Department                 Will Use
                                               Verona                               Yes
                                             Waunakee                            Yes
                                              Fitchburg                             Yes
                                               Belleville                             Yes
                                              Middleton                            Yes 
                                            Blue Mounds                         Yes
                                                Monona                             Yes
                                              Sun Prairie                          Yes
                                          Shorewood Hills                      Yes

Law Enforcement and Leaders of Color Collaboration (LELCC)
  • Greg Jones | President, NAACP #36AB | LELCC, Co-Chair
  • Renee Moe | President and CEO, United Way of Dane County | LELCC, Co-Chair
  • Ruben Anthony, Ph.D. | President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Madison
  • Jennifer Cheatham | Superintendent, Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Chuck Foulke | Chief, City of Middleton Police Department, President, Dane County Chiefs of Police Association
  • Alex Gee | President and CEO, Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership
  • Peng Her | Assistant Director, Center for Resilient Cities
  • Jeff Hook | Chief Deputy, Dane County Sheriff's Office
  • Michael Johnson | President and CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Dane County
  • Mike Koval | Chief, City of Madison Police Department
  • Dave Mahoney | Sheriff, Dane County
  • Karen Menéndez Coller | Executive Director, Centro Hispano of Dane County
  • Everett Mitchell | Pastor, Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church
  • Harold Rayford | Pastor, The Faith Place, President, African American Council of Churches
  • Gloria Reyes | Deputy Mayor to Public Safety, Civil Rights and Community Services, City of Madison
  • Sue Riseling | Retired Chief, UW-Madison Police Department
  • Kristen Roman | Captain, City of Madison Police Department
  • Floyd Rose | President, 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc.
  • Craig Sherven | Chief, City of McFarland Police Department
  • Paul Soglin | Mayor, City of Madison
  • Charles A. Tubbs, Sr. | Director, Dane County Emergency Management
  • Luis Yudice | Coordinator of School Safety and Security, Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Deedra Atkinson | Executive Vice President of Community Impact & Strategy, United Way of Dane County
  • Keetra Burnette | Senior Director of Community Impact, United Way of Dane County 
Special Community/Police Task Force:
  • Sue Riseling | Retired Chief, UW-Madison Police Department | Co-Chair
  • Everett Mitchell | Pastor, Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church | Co-Chair
  • Ruben Anthony, Ph.D. | President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Madison | Vice Chair
  • Chuck Foulke | Chief, City of Middleton Police Department, President, Dane County Chiefs of Police Association
  • Tamara Grigsby | Director, Office for Equity and Inclusion, Dane County
  • Amelia Royko Maurer | Community Activist
  • Dave Mahoney | Sheriff, Dane County
  • Harold Rayford | Pastor, The Faith Place, President, African American Council of Churches
  • Gloria Reyes | Deputy Mayor to Public Safety, Civil Rights and Community Services, City of Madison
  • Kristen Roman | Captain, City of Madison Police Department
  • Teresa Sanders | Black Leadership Council
  • Luis Yudice | Coordinator of School Safety and Security, Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Jay Young | Volunteer Center/2-1-1 Coordinator, United Way of Dane County

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