Citizens of Middleton, Elected Officials, Police Commission Members, Public Safety Committee Members, City Administrator Mike Davis and Police Department Staff,
On behalf of the men and women of the Middleton Police Department, I present to you our Annual Report for 2016.
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Our crime rate continues to decline, we had a 5% reduction in reported crime in 2016 compared to 2015. Heroin continues to be our main crime driver. The Middleton Police and Middleton Emergency Medical Services responded to 22 opioid related overdose calls for service in 2016. Of these, three resulted in fatalities. Officers now carry Narcan Nasal Spray, a medication that blocks the effects of opioids in overdose situations and can be administered prior to Paramedics arrival. The Department continues to focus on heroin related crimes as an investigative priority and we will look to support any/all available community outreach opportunities to help prevent, educate and treat those abusing heroin or opioids.
While the crime rate is decreasing, our calls for service are increasing. Citizen calls for service increased 3% in 2016 and officer initiated calls for service increased 9%.
Protecting our schools continues to be one of our top priorities. On August 17, the Middleton Police Department participated in one of the largest training events in the Department’s history. In conjunction with the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District and numerous other local emergency responders, the Department participated in a full-scale training event which was held at the Middleton High School. Planning for this full-scale event started in 2014 and some of the main objectives included: responding to an active shooter incident, establishing warm zones, negotiating with a barricaded individual, implementing Unified Command concepts, and providing medical care to victims as quickly as possible. Lessons learned from this training event will be invaluable in the unfortunate circumstances of a real life event occurring in the City of Middleton.
We continue to consider our relationship with the community to be one of our top priorities. Our programs include Shop With a Cop, National Night Out, Family Safety Day, Citizens Academy, Coffee With a Cop, Polar Plunge, Battle of the Badges, Senior Citizen Car Winterization, Safe Assured ID, Stuff the Squad, Kromrey Mentoring Program and many other day-to-day formal and informal interactions.
The Police Department continues to partner with our minority communities on equity issues. I am a member of the Dane County Law Enforcement Leaders/Leaders of Color Collaboration and the Middleton Equity Team.
Body worn cameras were purchased in 2016 and a team of officers began testing them at the end of the year. All patrol officers will be outfitted with body worn cameras in early 2017 and be required to use them during citizen contacts.
The Middleton Police Department has been accredited by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG) since 2014. Being an accredited agency is an ongoing process and we have spent the entire year preparing for our on-site visit by WILEAG in early 2017 for the re-accreditation process. The re-accreditation process is a very rigorous process which includes proofs of 235 national police best practice procedures. I am very pleased to announce that Middleton Police passed the re-accreditation process, valid for three more years.
I am inspired by the community support received by the Police Department on an almost daily basis. This was especially so in the summer after attacks on police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge. The outpouring of generous donations and kind words were sincerely appreciated by our staff and helped heal a raw wound felt by police officers all over our country. Thank you.
I am also thankful for the support we receive from our elected officials. We will have a new Mayor and two new Alders in 2017 as Mayor Kurt and Alders Hans Hilbert and Briana Porter leave their positions. Thank you for your service to our community and your support of the Police Department.
Do not hesitate to contact me or any member of our staff if we can be of assistance. Continue to follow us on our website, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and all those other social media platforms which I can barely maneuver around, but which our staff is proficient at in sharing information with our community.