Madison police start virtual conversation series

MADISON, Wis. — Policing has been under the microscope over the past year, but Madison police are hoping to build more trust in the community through a new online program.

Madison Police’s Training and Recruiting Sergeant Theresa Magyera hosted the department’s first “Getting to Know Your MPD” session on Sunday via Zoom.

The event was focused on the department’s newly formed Black Officer Coalition.

“We were talkin about us professionally, how can we best contribute to the profession and MPD, really be as inclusive as possible as community members, as a beacon for other Black officers who want to look into this profession,” said Black Officer Coalition co-leader Neal Crowder. “We want them to have people to talk to and get answers from.”

Magyera said she hopes sessions like Sunday’s will help recruit new applicants.

“This is basically a way for community members, potential applicants, or just a person in Madison or Dane County to get to know the real ‘behind the scenes’ of being a Madison officer, being an officer of color,” Magyera said on the Zoom.

MPD plans on hosting similar virtual conversations with other officer groups throughout the summer.

You can find a complete list on the department’s Facebook page.