Madison Police Chief Mike Koval:
Last night (07-02-19), the Common Council voted to approve a contract to keep police officers in our four main high schools. [More here.] I think this is a win for public safety and I am relieved that this process has come to its conclusion.
Over the 2018-19 school year:
- Citations fell over 66% from the previous year and are almost 70% down from the 2015-2016 school year
- EVERY juvenile issued a municipal citation through age 16, regardless of offense, is offered restorative justice.
- Truancy accounted for 43% of all the citations issued at our high schools over the past four school years. The school directs the officer to issue a citation.
- Only 0.5% of high school students were arrested on campus.
- Twenty-five (25) individuals accounted for one-third of all citations and arrests.
- Four of every five arrests involved a student identifying as African-American in a school district population in which they number one of five.
Clearly, there is still much to be done with respect to exploring additional options in addressing the disparities that we see in our schools. Through deeper analysis and the new quarterly data meetings with MMSD staff that are required under the new contract, I am convinced that real opportunities will emerge for collaborative problem solving and proactive intervention efforts.
View the document here for the full report: MMSD Arrest and Citation Report