MPD focuses on recruiting local officers

MPD focuses on recruiting local officers

The Madison Police Department is ramping up recruiting efforts to focus on hiring officers raised in the Madison area.

Department officials launched the new campaign Monday with a billboard along the Beltline. The goal is to recruit local people like Tyrone Williams and Kristin Parks, who started in other professions before finding their calling in law enforcement.

Recruiting leader Sgt. Tim Patton spend 10 years as a teacher before joining the force.

“We’ve done this forever. We have a long track record of connecting with people from Madison, but I think this initiative is really about reaching people who may not have thought about this as a way to serve,” Patton said.

They are in the final two-month stretch of recruiting applicants for their 2016 class. The application deadline is Nov. 2.