The Madison Police Department is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the leaders in community-based policing where officers are all recognized as leaders and encouraged to be problem-solving guardians. Leading the MPD is Chief Mike Koval, a former Bucky Badger and FBI agent who likes to post signs around MPD districts. They read: “POLICE LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY!” Koval, who joined the MPD in 1983, was – for decades - the MPD recruiting sergeant. In that role, he sought out a very diverse and eclectic team; people who share common core values like honesty and integrity, officers who seek to embrace diversity and treat all people with dignity. In these podcasts Koval talks about policing the Madison way while addressing topical issues.