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To serve and protect: Madison's exceptional police dogs help keep the city safe

The Wells Fargo Bank near East Towne Mall was robbed in February. When Madison police officers arrived at the bank, the thief had already fled the scene on foot. Witnesses described him as bearded and white. The profile matched that of a man who had robbed a number of banks previously. >More
 Wisconsin bill that would return 17-year-olds to the juvenile system dies, but proponents see progress

When state Rep. Garey Bies was a deputy for the Door County Sheriff's Department, he wasn't particularly sympathetic to lawbreakers. "Back then I had a different mindset of catching bad guys and locking them up," says Bies, a Republican who represents Sister Bay. Today, Bies realizes not all people who break the law are hardened criminals. >More
 Mission: Prevent tragedy at UW-Madison

Chris Cole was a 10-year-old living in suburban New York when four Vietnam War protesters detonated a bomb inside UW's Sterling Hall in 1970, killing one and injuring three. Three of the four perpetrators were arrested, convicted and sentenced to prison for the bombing. The fourth, Leo Burt, remains at large for his alleged crimes. Sterling Hall, a common protest site at the time, was targeted because of the research work the university did for the U.S. military during the war. >More
 Rescued from sex trafficking, but then what?

On July 29, the Federal Bureau of Investigation trumpeted the results of a three-day sting in 46 cities around the country combating sex trafficking. According to the FBI, law enforcement rescued 105 children who had been sexually exploited, arresting 150 pimps and others involved. >More
 Oak Creek killer affiliated with racist skinhead group long active in Wisconsin

Wade Michael Page, who shot and killed six people and wounded four others at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek before taking his own life, had connections with The Hammerskin Nation, a white supremacist group described by the Anti-Defamation League as "the most violent and best-organized neo-Nazi skinhead group in the United States." >More
 Madison theaters take precautions to protect audiences from mass shootings

After the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, many wonder, "Could it happen here?" Today, Madison venues have a range of safeguards to protect audiences -- a subject even more on people's minds since the shooting in the Milwaukee-area Sikh temple. >More
 Busy campus, late-night crime keep UW, Madison police busy this summer

Last Friday evening, visitors to the Memorial Union Terrace reported a disconcerting sight to police. A man sat at a picnic table with an uncased compound bow by his side. He had an arrow with him as well. Officers apprehended the man and took him to a hospital, where he's undergoing psychiatric assessment and treatment. >More
 The reign of Joel DeSpain

I'll admit: I was afraid to interview Joel DeSpain. When I asked to interview the public information officer, writer of the immensely popular Madison police blotter, I might as well have been asking to interview Jon Bon Jovi. What if I asked dumb questions? What if I sounded immature? Worst of all: What if he wasn't how I expected him to be? >More
 Former MPD chief David Couper takes modern policing to task

The Rev. David Couper, a semi-retired Episcopal priest in Blue Mounds, served as chief of the Madison Police Department from 1972 to 1993. He made his mark in the city by transforming local policing and crafting reforms that spread nationally. Couper's upcoming book, Arrested Development, is part autobiography, part Madison history and part handbook for redefining the role of policing in the 21st century. It's meant as a warning and a plan for action. >More
 Law enforcement, social service agencies stage intervention seeking to deter offenders from life of crime

Ten area criminals arrived at the United Way office on Atwood Avenue to hear the unequivocal message from local, state and federal authorities that, if they break the law again, they'll see to it that justice shows no mercy. The offenders had between them a combined 413 charged criminal offenses, including 96 felony convictions. >More
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