Local law enforcement praises new officer-involved death law - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Local law enforcement praises new officer-involved death law

Posted: Updated:
MADISON (WKOW)-- Local law enforcement officers praised new legislation requiring independent reviews of officer-involved deaths.

In Dane County, many law enforcement agencies already use outside resources for officer-involved shootings but they often rely on the Sheriff’s Department for those investigations. Now, county departments plan to share the responsibility.

“We decided in Dane County what we would do is take investigators from all different departments in the county and bring them together to make an investigative cadre and that way no department is over taxed since we're all going to do this with and for each other,” said Sue Riseling, the UW-Madison Police Chief.

That county group will handle officer involved shootings, deaths in the jail and officer involved vehicular deaths.

In a statement the Madison Police Department says they made the necessary adjustments to their standard operating procedures to comply with the law. The statement reads in part:

The primary element to this law pertains to who will lead investigations. In the past, this has been a task assigned to a MPD detective. With the passage of AB 409, at least two investigators – one of whom will be the lead - will come from outside agencies.
Having outside agency assistance and support is not a new concept for the MPD, as members of other law enforcement agencies have been involved in, and have observed prior MPD investigations into officer involved critical incidents.”

Dane County Sheriff, David Mahoney, says the new guidelines benefit both police officers and the community.

“Any time there's an investigation of that type there has to be transparency and there has to be a belief by the public that it was a fair and honest investigation,” Mahoney said. “So integrity is a very crucial part and I think that AB 409 goes a long way to ensure that in the minds of the citizens.”

Riseling agrees.

“The right thing to do, in my view, is to always attempt to meet the best practices in law enforcement,” Riseling said. “And the best practices in law enforcement have this kind of response where it's an outside investigators doing the investigation.”

The county cadre already has enough investigators to handle any incident that arises in the near future. Meanwhile all agencies are expected to formally sign on by June 1 and training will be held this summer.

Most Viewed Content

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WKOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Anna Engelhart at 608-661-2767. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.