MPD Summer Safety: The Midtown District’s Strategic Plan

by Safety Connection

From June 7-August 26 in 2021, all six police districts in Madison will be carrying out their carefully-crafted strategic plans with the goal of reducing crime and disorder and increasing community engagement. What does that mean for you?

Captain Jason Freedman of the Midtown District recently shared his district’s summer strategy.

Midtown District’s Crime Strategy

The Midtown District’s top CRIME priorities are burglary, thefts from auto, and stolen vehicles.

From Captain Freedman: “We have heard frequent citizen complaints about these crimes, and we know that these crimes can feed off of each other—for example a garage door opener taken from a vehicle facilitates a burglary; and we know that these property crimes have downstream impacts in terms of dangerous driving in stolen cars, or stolen firearms being used in shootings. We also believe that some of the suspects in these property crimes are the same suspects in violent crime and hazardous driving. It is our goal to reduce these crime types by 15% between June and August compared to their corresponding three year average (2018-2020).”

Midtown District’s Disorder Strategy

In the category of DISORDER, the Midtown District will focus on speeding through proactive enforcement and monitoring dangerous intersections.

From Captain Freedman: “Since I’ve been Midtown Captain, I regularly hear your concerns about dangerous and reckless driving. My officers and I share your concerns. Midtown will focus on hazardous driving (especially speeding) and dangerous intersections (where crashes are frequent and/or very harmful), as we believe both of these issues have significant impacts on safety and quality of life in our community. While this means we will start our plan with the focus on certain corridors/intersections, it is very important that you notify us of your traffic complaints and concerns so that we can be responsive to changes or new patterns. We ask that you direct all your traffic-related complaints to the MPD website.”

Midtown District’s Community Engagement Strategy

Midtown’s priority on COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT will focus on high-visibility foot patrol (including walk with a cop), partnering with neighborhood associations (expect to hear from your Midtown liaison officer on a regular basis), and being involved in local groups such as Coffee with a Cop, youth-centered events like bike rodeos, and partnering with the neighborhoods for special events.

You can get more details about Midtown’s strategic plan here including neighborhoods and intersections that will be the focus of more patrols during the summer months.

Of course all of these extra patrols and community engagements are contingent upon the availability of officers whose first priority will continue to be calls for service in our community.

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