The Madison Police Department was formed in 1944 after the city became incorporated. Since its inception, the department has strived for the highest degree of excellence and professionalism, allowing it to be rated as one of the best in the state of Mississippi.
In 2002 the Department was the second law enforcement agency in the State of Mississippi to achieve national accreditation. The Department is composed of two major components: the Operations Division and the Administrative Support Division.
The Patrol Section consisting of uniformed police officers responsible for the primary safety and security of the citizens of Madison. This involves continuous pro-active patrol and crime prevention measures such as the vacation house watch program as well as the investigation of crimes, accidents and other incidents that occur within the city.
School Resource Section
The School Resource Section provides School Resource Officers to six public schools located within the city. Their duties include protection and security for the students, faculty and staff as well as providing proactive, positive relations and interaction with the students.
Criminal Investigations Section
The Criminal Investigations Section provides follow up and in-depth investigation of criminal activity. This includes employing full time investigators and analysts as well as participation in local and regional task forces.
Street Crimes Investigations Section
The Narcotics/K-9 Unit provides pro-active drug enforcement keeping our community safe and drug free for our children and others. The Interstate Criminal Apprehension Program (ICAP) Unit provides surveillance and enforcement which includes the arrest of fugitives and others in heavily travelled areas within the city.
The Special Operations Section
This Section includes the Traffic Unit responsible for investigation of traffic crashes, traffic enforcement and coordination of special events, the Special Enforcement Unit responsible for code enforcement and animal control, the Disaster Response Team which is utilized for search, rescue and recovery during natural and/or man-made disasters, the Fleet Management/Equipment Unit responsible for overseeing police vehicles, equipment and inventory, and the Honor Guard Unit utilized during special ceremonies and funerals.
The Special Response Team
This Section/Team is used for response to high-risk law enforcement emergency situations including barricaded subjects, hostage situations or the execution of high-risk search and arrest warrants. The Team Leader is also responsible for the Department’s Armory.
The Court Services Section
The Court Services Section provides for records and municipal court administration. This includes the collection and processing of fines and fees associated with traffic citations and municipal court cases.
Support Services Section
The Support Services Section provides warrants services for apprehension of individuals wanted by the Department and Municipal Court, providing municipal court security, management and oversight of the Department’s Temporary Detention Area, evidence control and management as well as maintenance for the Madison Justice Complex and other police properties. The Section also oversees the City’s No-Kill Animal Shelter which keeps the city free of stray animals and assists in locating lost pets.
Technical Services Section
The Technical Services Section consists of the Communications Unit which provides emergency and non-emergency dispatch services for the city’s police and fire departments. The Information Technology Unit provides administration and support for the communications unit as well as for Department’s computers and network system, in-house, local and regional networks; advanced communications systems, mobile data terminals and police vehicle audio/video recording systems.
Professional Standards Section
The Professional Standards Section maintains advanced national and state law enforcement accreditation, manages and oversees Department training, ensures Department policies and procedures are updated, valid and are being adhered to; conducts and coordinates citizen complaints and internal affairs investigations, provides community and public/media relations activities, manages and oversees recruitment, applicant processing and background investigations, and provides for grant development and management.