Skip to comments.Madison Police Chief Abruptly Retires (WI)
Posted on 09/29/2019 11:27:12 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
Mike Koval Had Pushed Back Against Far Left, Anti-Cop City Leaders
The residents of the city of Madison have lost their public safety goalie. He was hardly a hardened, broken windows law and order bulwark, but Police Chief Mike Koval repeatedly pushed back against a city council and two mayors who believe restorative justice, alone can keep Madison a bucolic utopia.
Rarely arm-in-arm with former Mayor Paul Soglin, the gulf between his public safety philosophy and that of new Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway was far greater.
Koval announced his retirement this weekend.
Heres a snippet from his blog:
To our community partners, thank you for helping us to work collaboratively for people who have been left behind, fallen between the cracks, are hurting, addicted, or in need of someones intervention for a variety of reasons. To constituents who have lent their support and encouragement to the body of good works that our police are performing on a daily basisI am eternally grateful; you will never know how important your efforts have meant to the morale of our Department. To the haters, thanks to you as wellfor through your unrelenting, unforgiving, desire to make the police the brunt of all of your scornI drew strength from your pervasive and persistent bullying. I have made a career of fighting for the underdog and I was able to hang on much longer than I had originally planned (or that you had hoped) :)!
To my MPD Family, in spite of all the oddsthe trialsthe tribulationsstay strong. You are a legacy of guardians who care and care deeply about the BPRs (best possible resolutions) in the outcomes of those who are manifesting desperate acts under desperate circumstances. Our civilian workforce is a boon of support to helping us fulfill our mission and takes pride in customer focused services; you share our successes as well as the trauma that we cops experience. All of you are working under exceedingly challenging conditionsalways being asked to do more with less and do it as quickly as possible. But you all need to be mindful of the necessity to take care of yourself as well as each other. Be attentive guardians to one another. Look for help when you need it. Talk and express your feelingsdont store them up. Seek people/resources who can provide support and professional assistance.
Madison is a booming city. Thanks to being the home to the states premier research university, ever-sprawling state government and being adjacent to the sprawling Epic campus, new businesses and new housing being built at a rapid pace.
But many residents also fear the laissez-faire attitude toward criminal justice on its streets and in its schools could put this high quality of life and relative prosperity at risk. The warning signs are there. More frequent shootings. All-out brawls in some schools. Growing unrest and anti-cop protests and political posturing whenever law enforcement uses force. Koval was an even-handed, calm authority figure who pushed back against the hyper PC Crowd. Now that hes gone, who will replace him?
Koval himself is worried.
My biggest fear in leaving my MPD Family as Chief? Who will protect the guardians when they are hurting, when they are tried in the court(s) of public opinion/Facebook/and the media without fundamental fairness and respect for due process? Who will check in on them when they are hurt or injured (emotionally or physically)? Who will lead the cheers for the birth of a child, a wedding, a retirement? And who will be there for them to grieve the loss of someone special? Who will be unafraid to speak up on their behalf?
To the community, MPD is trying, with a sense of urgency and purpose, to earn your trust and to work cooperatively in addressing the issues of our day. I am sorry if I said or did anything which caused you to question these motives or the authentic desires of MPD to be relational partners in moving forward. Blame me for whatever missteps or disappointments you may have but please give this Department and its dedicated employees the benefit of the doubt, and let them impress you with their selfless desire to better serve you! Believe it or not, once you venture outside of this City, MPD is well-respected nationally and is a model in a host of different domains including community policing and engagement, mental illness response, recruiting a diverse workforce, and restorative justice initiatives. Ask PERF. Ask DOJ. Ask OIR. . .
By the time you read this blog, the MPD Family will have had access to an internal video from me. While I expressed my deepest gratitude for their collective efforts, I also acknowledged my failure to get more staffing. I have triedusing staffing studies, workload analysis, galvanizing grass roots campaigns (it worked for getting Midtown operational but not for getting enough cops), tried educating Council(s)/Mayors, and appealed to the media to focus a light on the issue. But I didnt get it done; I could not get the staffing levels we need to maintain our service levels. We need 31 cops; I felt compelled to divert 12 positions away from other important areas in order to get our Patrol deficit down to 19 in 2020. But this is not sustainable, folks. The next chapter will have to examine reducing services and making more calls go to a self-reporting option since we dont have enough cops to send to everything. We are now averaging about 10% of our time daily on priority calls only. Property damage crashes, noise complaints, and other quality-of-life incidents will have to be among the service areas discussed as items for consideration in the future...
On Monday, Assistant Chief Vic Wahl will be the interim Chief of Police for MPD. Then the circus, we mean process, to find a permanent replacement begins.
Its not going to be pretty. Well be following our friend, David Blaska, as this story continues to develop. A long-time Madison conservative and recent candidate for School Board, hes sure to keep a close eye on the process.
And through him, so will we. For the safety and security of Wisconsins second largest city is a statewide concern.
I do not blame Chief Koval for bailing; he really DID try to do a good job, but I guess you can only have your hands slapped, and the tied behind your back for so long while crime rates increase, shootings increase, car-jackings increase and whole once-lovely neighborhoods turn into ghettos. :(
Godspeed! Enjoy your retirement at get the hell OUT of Madistan!
(I left Dane County 3 years ago - it should've been sooner!)
Satya Rhodes-Conway is an American politician. She was a member of the Madison Common Council between 2007 and 2013. In 2019, Rhodes-Conway was elected Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin. She is the first openly gay person elected to that office.
Interesting. I wonder if in the long-game this helps Trump. I hate that your wonderful capital is so far gone, but I know Wisconsin will be back in a big way. Go Badgers! They need to work out some kinks in their game plan, but man have they got some talent this year—hope it’s enough.
This is basically the same as is happening here in Minneapolistan. Criminals are coddled.
I don’t understand this country’s obsession with homosexual “mayors” and police chiefs. It’s really weird, IMHO.
Been up there quite a few times over the years; seemed to be a quite decent place back in the early 2000’s.
I dont understand this countrys obsession with homosexual mayors and police chiefs. Its really weird, IMHO.
We had a lesbian police chief in Minneapolistan. She got the boot a year or so ago. You have to be really bad to get fired in this liberal cesspool when you are of a protected class..
“...seemed to be a quite decent place back in the early 2000s...”
It is a gorgeous mid-western city especially in fall. But beware ...looks are deceiving. Like a gorgeous woman with every STD known to man, Madison under the surface is as rotten as they come politically and socially.
homosexuals find community in large cities. SF is the most extreme example. Easy to get a strong voter block in a city.
Wow. I liked Kovalev. His stance on illegal immigration was completely wrong, but he was a level-headed sensible guy. Yeah, no doubt the lesbian Communist mayor wants criminals to have the upper hand.
I live in SoCal, if anyone here lives in Madistan MOVE as quickly as possible, it will get Ugly quickly as soon as these Thugs Matter policies are implemented, Just look at California to see your future.
Chicago just elected a beaut too.
Yep. Shep Smiths sister-of-color. The eyes give it away.
Looks like the prick caught a well deserved right hook to to the eye socket.
Yep. Madison has all the hallmarks of a Leftist crap-hole.
I was out in Madison on business a year or two ago, and was sitting in a bar minding my own business, and this guy who was apparently some kind of leftist political functionary (from listening to his conversations prior to turning his attention to me) wanted to talk politics with me.
I avoid leftists like the plague, and this was no exception. So after the guy was badgering me for a while, I turned to him and said politely “I’m really not interested in discussing politics with you.”
He persisted, and I repeated my desire to avoid discussing politics with him. But he kept on.
Eventually, they kicked him out of the bar. I hate Leftists, especially drunk ones.
Koval was an A+ police chief working for an F- city government. He will be missed.
Winters there, and more particularly in Appleton were some of the coldest I’ve ever encountered... -47 with a 25mph west wind will turn anyone into an icicle in moments.
Madison is a beautiful city but it’s the home of state government and the biggest state university. Think about what that means in terms of politics and it’s easy to see why things are the way they are. Once conservative people get a belly full, many move out and commute.
Madison. Beautiful city, ugly government. I was there twice in my Drum Corps days. DCI Finals was there. We had our stupid awards banquet at some fancy place downtown, I didn’t want to be there, so I just walked around. I think it was called State Street, right there around that big ol’ lake, or whatever it was.
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