The Madison Police Department reported 167 employee recognitions for extraordinary service and two internal disciplines during the first quarter of 2016, according to a press release.
The 167 positive recognitions included acknowledgement from inside the department and citizen thank-yous in the form of emails, letters and voice mails. The officer acknowledgements ranged from small acts of kindness by officers to lifesaving acts.
One report noted an officer who saved a suicidal citizen with one leg over the edge of a six-story parking ramp.
“The officer arrived on scene and instead of driving up to the top of the ramp he ran up the 6 flights of stairs to get close as possible as quickly as possible to the subject,” the report said. “The officer exited the stairwell quietly and then swiftly moved to grasp the subject and wrestled him back off the ledge securing him onto the floor of the parking ramp until other officers arrived to assist.”
Another recognition noted one officer has remained in contact with the family of a victim who was killed in 2006. Upon finding out the family could not afford Christmas presents, the officer provided financial assistance.
Multiple recognitions simply gave thanks for kindness and respect during traffic stops.
The two disciplines both occurred in late 2015, but appeared in the first quarter summary. These points included a letter of reprimand for an officer who lost control of his vehicle while attempting to contact a criminal suspect and a three-day suspension for an officer who used his status off duty for personal gains.
Both the dozens of compliments and the two reprimands were anonymously listed in the release.