Equity by Community, with Community, for Community

The UWPD Equity Dashboard is a way of showing our commitment to equity in action as co-defined alongside members of our community.

Equity Dashboard

We acknowledge the cumulative weight of our history

Like many institutions in the United States, policing has an uneven history. A legacy of harm persists in systems, hearts and minds today. There are reasons why those we serve from marginalized communities experience fear, anxiety and anger when it comes to police. Some examples:

Black & Latinx people disproportionately experience use of force by police officers

Additionally, research shows police officers are more likely to stop Black and Latinx people multiple times annually compared to White people. When they do, trends suggest police officers speak significantly less respectfully to Black people than White people irrespective of officer race, severity of the infraction and outcome of the stop.

LGBTQ individuals are overrepresented at every level of the criminal justice system, from juvenile justice to parole

Additionally, research finds transgender people of color report higher rates of harassment during contacts with police than White transgender people.

UWPD is not immune as it relates to the problematic history of policing

Understanding our own tainted history and creating mechanisms for continuous assessment and improvement is essential to cultivating community trust.

* see data collected by Gallup here
** see report by The Sentencing Project here

National Statistics
51%
PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN POLICING IN 2021*
1 in 81
BLACK AMERICANS INCARCERATED IN STATE PRISONS NATIONALLY**
1 in 36
BLACK WISCONSINITES INCARCERATED, WHICH IS MOST NATIONALLY**

A few points to consider…

  • The data presented in this dashboard is updated quarterly.
  • Our data collection processes are reviewed by three separate accreditation bodies to ensure accuracy and integrity.
  • We commit to finding ways to continuously improve the Equity Dashboard — as such, your feedback is appreciated.

Welcome to the Conversation

On behalf of all of us at the UW-Madison Police Department, thank you for taking the time to learn about the work we do to keep our campus community safe.

This dashboard is the result of more than a year of collaboration through our Racial Equity Initiative. We’ve worked hard with our Police Advisory Council and various community stakeholders to find ways that our department can be even more transparent about our work on the UW-Madison campus. The UWPD Equity Dashboard is one of those ways. It’s a means to present key data sets about our department, the calls we respond to, complaints, and more – all with a laser-focus on equity.

We hope you find the dashboard useful and a demonstration of our never-ending commitment to building trust and deepening partnerships. Again, welcome to the conversation – we’re glad you’re here.

Learn More About UWPD

UWPD: Our People

Diversity is a value at UWPD and, consistent with UW-Madison’s statement on diversity, we view it as a strength that improves our ability to serve our campus community. We are committed to ensuring our entire department appropriately reflects the campus community across a range of backgrounds and identities. View our current organizational chart here.

Demographic data sourced from the Office of Affirmative Action Planning and Programming

Data shown is from 2021

Statistics
124
UWPD employees (police and non-police)
32%
Women
56%
UWPD employees with at least a four-year degree
40
Average Age
Data for: Q3, 2022
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Overview
UWPD responds to and initiates hundreds of calls for service each day, most of which do not result in enforcement action. Non-enforcement calls for service include crime reports and prevention, community policing activities, requests for assistance, and many others.
9,143
Total number of
police calls for service

Initiated Calls

81%

Officer Initiated (Proactive)

19%

Community Initiated (Reactive)

Most Common Service Types
Calls of Community Interest

These calls highlighted based on community feedback, frequently asked questions and local/national trends

Total number of calls of community interest: 259

City of Madison Population

Sourced from U.S. Census data available here

UW-Madison Population (includes students, faculty and staff)

Sourced from UW-Madison data available here

Traffic Stops
Traffic stops are among the most visible public contact conducted by UWPD police officers. A priority goal of traffic-related enforcement is to promote safety.
1,034
Total number of
traffic stops

By Gender

35%

Female

64%

Male

UWPD documents identity categories, including gender and race, based on official government identification documents/records

Officers may utilize a category of “Unknown” when gender and/or race are not disclosed, reported, or known by the officer. For this reason, some totals may not equal 100%

Time of Day

12:00AM - 8:00AM
31%
323
8:00AM - 4:00PM
9%
96
4:00PM - 12:00AM
59%
615

Affiliation

24%

UW-affiliate

76%

Non-affiliate

Enforcement Outcome

Filter by race/ethnicity
All
American Indian/ Alaskan Native
Asian/ Pacific Islander
Black
White
Unknown
Hispanic / Latino
Verbal Warning
80%
827
Citation
16%
163
Written Warning
2%
21
No Violation
1%
12

Did traffic stops generate complaints?

1% Yes
99% No

City of Madison Population

Sourced from U.S. Census data available here

Traffic Stops by Race

All
All
UW Affiliated
Non Affiliated
Men
Women
American Indian/ Alaskan Native
0%
3
Asian/ Pacific Islander
14%
148
Black
17%
178
White
67%
696
Unknown
1%
9

Traffic Stops by Ethnicity

Hispanic / Latino
12%
125

Reason For Stop

Filter by race/ethnicity
All
American Indian/ Alaskan Native
Asian/ Pacific Islander
Black
White
Unknown
Hispanic / Latino
Driver’s License
1%
13
Speed Limit
11%
110
Stop Light/ Sign
19%
200
Other Hazardous Moving Violation
22%
228
Vehicle Equipment
29%
300
Vehicle Registration
14%
140
Other
4%
40
Citations
Citations are one of many tools UWPD uses to address certain illegal behaviors. UWPD officers issue citations based on State of Wisconsin statutes as well as University of Wisconsin System administrative codes.
437
Total number of
citations

By Gender

29%

Female

71%

Male

UWPD documents identity categories, including gender and race, based on official government identification documents/records

Officers may utilize a category of “Unknown” when gender and/or race are not disclosed, reported, or known by the officer. For this reason, some totals may not equal 100%

Age

Filter by race/ethnicity
All
American Indian/ Alaskan Native
Asian/ Pacific Islander
Black
White
Unknown
Hispanic / Latino
0 - 17
2%
9
18 - 22
53%
230
23 - 29
17%
76
30 - 39
11%
49
40 - 49
8%
36
50 - 59
6%
26
60+
3%
11

Affiliation

41%

UW-affiliate

59%

Non-affiliate

Did citations generate complaints?

Time of Day

12:00AM - 8:00AM
38%
166
8:00AM - 4:00PM
22%
97
4:00PM - 12:00AM
40%
174

Citations by Race

All
All
UW Affiliated
Non Affiliated
Men
Women
American Indian/ Alaskan Native
0%
2
Asian/ Pacific Islander
8%
37
Black
17%
73
White
74%
325
Unknown
0%
0

Citations by Ethnicity

Hispanic / Latino
10%
43

Reason For Citation

Filter by race/ethnicity
All
American Indian/ Alaskan Native
Asian/ Pacific Islander
Black
White
Unknown
Hispanic / Latino
Traffic
51%
222
Underage Alcohol
34%
148
Trespassing
6%
25
Disorderly/Assaultive Behavior
1%
6
Property Crime
3%
11
Drugs
2%
9
Other
4%
16
Arrests
Criminal arrests are a relatively small but serious aspect of enforcement by UWPD police officers since some may involve limiting or restricting someone’s freedom of movement.
57
Total number of
arrests

By Gender

25%

Female

75%

Male

UWPD documents identity categories, including gender and race, based on official government identification documents/records

Officers may utilize a category of “Unknown” when gender and/or race are not disclosed, reported, or known by the officer. For this reason, some totals may not equal 100%

Age

Filter by race/ethnicity
All
American Indian/ Alaskan Native
Asian/ Pacific Islander
Black
White
Unknown
Hispanic / Latino
0 - 17
7%
4
18 - 22
26%
15
23 - 29
18%
10
30 - 39
26%
15
40 - 49
11%
6
50 - 59
9%
5
60+
4%
2

Affiliation

7%

UW-affiliate

93%

Non-affiliate

Taken To Jail?

44% Yes
56% No

GENERATED COMPLAINTS?

Felony or Misdemeanor

Arrests by Race

All
All
UW Affiliated
Non Affiliated
Men
Women
Taken to Jail
American Indian/ Alaskan Native
0%
0
Asian/ Pacific Islander
4%
2
Black
40%
23
White
56%
32
Unknown
0%
0

Arrests by Ethnicity

Hispanic / Latino
4%
2

Reason For Arrest

Filter by race/ethnicity
All
American Indian/ Alaskan Native
Asian/ Pacific Islander
Black
White
Unknown
Hispanic / Latino
Crimes Against People

Crimes (i.e. murder, rape, assault) where victims are always people

16%
9
Crimes Against Property

Crimes (i.e. robbery, bribery, burglary) where purpose is to obtain money, property, or some other benefit

11%
6
Crimes Against Society

Crimes (i.e. alcohol/drug violations, bail jumping) representing society’s prohibition against engaging in certain types of activity; typically “victimless” crimes where property is not the object

74%
42
Use of Force
Use of force may be necessary depending on the situation. All use of force incidents are reviewed to ensure policy compliance, improve training and promote a culture of accountability at UWPD. All incidents above compliant handcuffing receive additional review by a supervisor.
15
Total use of force incidents

Based on feedback from our community, we’re showing only use of force data that involves pain compliance holds to a person, physically directing a combative subject to the ground, a strike to a person, pointing or using a weapon against a person, or injury to a person or officer. The data does not include use of force incidents that don’t involve people – like clearing an empty building or euthanizing an injured animal.

By Gender

13%

Female

87%

Male

UWPD documents identity categories, including gender and race, based on official government identification documents/records

Officers may utilize a category of “Unknown” when gender and/or race are not disclosed, reported, or known by the officer. For this reason, some totals may not equal 100%

Age

Filter by race/ethnicity
All
American Indian/ Alaskan Native
Asian/ Pacific Islander
Black
White
Unknown
Hispanic / Latino
0 - 17
0%
0
18 - 22
40%
6
23 - 29
20%
3
30 - 39
13%
2
40 - 49
20%
3
50 - 59
0%
0
60+
7%
1

Affiliation

13%

UW-affiliate

87%

Non-affiliate

GENERATED COMPLAINTS?

100% No

Use of Force Incidents by Race

All
All
UW Affiliated
Non Affiliated
Men
Women
American Indian/ Alaskan Native
0%
0
Asian/ Pacific Islander
7%
1
Black
33%
5
White
60%
9
Unknown
0%
0

Use of Force by Ethnicity

Hispanic / Latino
7%
1

Type Of Force

Total use of force incidents: 15

Code Descriptions

BTN = Baton Drawn

Displayed and prepared to use against a person

BTD = Baton Deployed

Person struck

ECD = Taser Drawn

Displayed and prepared to use against a person

TSR = Taser Deployed

Discharged at or in contact with a person

FRM = Firearm Drawn

Displayed and prepared to use against a person

FMD = Firearm Discharged

Discharged at a person

OC = Pepper Spray Drawn

Displayed and prepared to use against a person

OCD = Pepper Spray Deployed

Discharged at a person

LL = Less Lethal Drawn

Displayed and prepared to use a less lethal device (i.e. beanbag, foam) at a person

LLD = Less Lethal Deployed

Discharged less lethal projectile (i.e. beanbag, foam) at a person

WPN = Weaponless

Strikes, pressure points, compliance holds, or physically directing a person to the ground

OTHR = Other

Any force directed toward a person not contained within another category

MDWN = Medically Directed Weaponless

Weaponless use of force at lawful direction of medical personnel

Complaints
Members of the public as well as UWPD employees submit complaints. Our online submission form for complaints provides members of the public with the option of submitting complaints anonymously. We investigate all submitted complaints. The data in this section includes public complaints and internal complaints, which include administrative infractions (i.e. tardy for work, abuse of sick time, or work rule violations) involving UWPD police officers.
7
Total number of
complaints

Types Of Complaints

Public & Internal
Public & Internal
Public Complaints
Internal Complaints
Total Count
Total Count
Use of Force
Vulnerable Population
Exonerated
86%
6
Pending
14%
1

Complaints Related to Use Of Force

Complaints
0%
Sustained Complaint
100%
Not Sustained
0
Officers with multiple sustained complaints

Definitions

Unfounded
Investigation revealed the alleged action did not occur
Inconclusive
Investigation failed to uncover conclusive evidence in support or denial of the alleged action
Exonerated
Investigation revealed the alleged action did occur and was within Department policy, state law, or university work rules
Sustained
Investigation revealed the alleged action did occur and was not within Department policy, state law or university work rules
Pending
Investigation has not yet been completed. Once completed, this data will be updated.

Equity in Practice

UWPD is committed to fostering the conditions needed to achieve and maintain equity. This means
regularly evaluating our policies and training with a focus on achieving equitable outcomes. It also means actively seeking out
opportunities to collaborate with campus and community partners to enhance safety.

Policy

Policies represent a set of expectations for which UWPD officers are accountable across a range of things they do — including managing emergencies, writing reports, and interacting with community members.

Training

Training is an important part of making sure new and continuing UWPD officers are fully prepared to interact with the public in ways that yield the safest and most productive outcomes possible.

Restorative Justice

UWPD is one of the most active participants in the Dane County Community Restorative Court (CRC) program.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

UWPD hired its first Executive Director of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion in 2019 to ensure DEI principles are a part of everything we do as a department.

Triple Accreditation

UWPD is the only agency in the State of Wisconsin to be triply accredited. To maintain accreditation, UWPD submits to a regular review process conducted by an independent third party.

Mental Health Response

We recognize mental health as a serious issue for our society and community. Through training and collaboration with campus partners, we are committed to addressing this issue thoughtfully.

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