MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Police Chief Noble Wray talks about his tenure and future beyond his upcoming retirement in an interview with 27 News.
"I thought that I could make a difference. I believed that I could fundamentally make a difference, that I could help," Wray says about joining the police department 30 years ago. He's spent nine years as chief.
"Policing is a 24 hour, it's a way of life so I'd like to try something else and explore some other things," Wray says. At 53, he doesn't know exactly what his future holds but he hopes his work with the MPD will have an impact after he leaves.
"I walk away from this job being one of the safest cities in the United States, 4th safest according to FBI reports."
Wray says he'd like to see a continued emphasis on community policing and a new chief that'll focus on building diversity within the department.
"I think this organization is going in the right direction. Clearly, there are always things to work on," he says.
Chief Wray has came under fire after the 2012 officer-involved shooting of Paul Heenan. He says that incident delayed his retirement date and is changing some department policies.
"If a department is really sincere about continuous improvement, they will take high profile incidents like this and look for ways that they can improve, and that's what we're doing." Wray says the department released information about their investigation to the public and is reviewing their response policy to officer-involved shootings.
New policy changes will come under a new chief, however. Wray says he doesn't think there needs to be a nationwide search.
"I think the talent is here to hire from within. If someone asked me what my choice would be, the answer is yes, to hire from within," Wray says. When asked if the Madison Board of Police and Fire Commissioners should ask for his input on the new chief, Wray says he thinks so but it's not required.
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