Public weighs in on new city of Madison police chief

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The public came together Wednesday night at a meeting held by the Community Response Team to weigh in on the qualities wanted in the next police chief for the city of Madison.

Two of the key issues people talked about included the current police standard for the use of deadly force and law enforcement investigating themselves in the use of deadly-force incidents.

Since last November, Madison police officers have had three deadly officer-involved shootings.

Organizers with the response team said they are hoping to create a partnership with the new police chief.

“And not just the issues of deadly force and how those incidents are investigated, but mental illness, the 911 center, and basically how officers are trained,” said Cheri Maples, with the Community Response Team.

The Community Response Team will take notes from the meeting to the Police and Fire Commission.

The PFC is taking community opinions as they make a candidate pool, and will take formal action in its search at its meeting on Nov. 11.