Honoring the Helpers: Hospital Incident (from 11-24-20)

by Safety Connection

Every year, MPD recognizes sworn and civilian employees and citizens whose actions and work went above and beyond. In 2020, officers were stretched, working in the midst of a pandemic, staffing hundreds of protest events, and responding to record-setting violent crime. Many officers were vitally involved in several major incidents, during which they demonstrated heroism and courage, and exemplified MPD’s core values of service, recognizing human dignity, and leadership.

Today’s story references an incident that took place at a Madison hospital on November 24, 2020:

Officers responded to a local hospital regarding a subject holding two knives to his neck. An officer was tasked with making verbal contact with the subject. The officer started a dialogue with the subject and listened to the subject, explained what was going on, built rapport and subsequently asked him to put down the knives. The subject ultimately listened to the commands of the officer and dropped both knives. The subject was able to be taken into custody safely. The officers’ actions and professional communication skills resulted in a safe and positive outcome of what was a very dangerous situation. His actions are being commended with a Meritorious Conduct Award.

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