police | Department profile

The Madison police department pulled over 3713 drivers and had a disparity score of 1.0 out of 9, indicating "significant" disparities in the department's traffic stop practices.

CCSU researchers designed a series of measures to score police departments based on how much stopping practices varied from the state average, as well as gaps between population and stops to identify racial disparity. A point was assigned to a department for every threshold exceeded. Scores range from zero to nine. Zero indicates no sign of disparity. Any score higher than zero indicates some degree of disparity. In this list, any department without a red circle had a zero score. Scores are based in part on the racial makeup of the estimated driving population in towns. Some departments, such as university police departments at Yale and the CSCU schools, do not correspond to towns and do not have scores.

Madison officers pulled over minorities at a lower rate compared to officers statewide: 25 percent of drivers stopped by Madison officers were minorities, compared with 31 percent statewide.

Who's on the road, and who gets stopped

The estimated driving population in the area patrolled by Madison officers is 4 percent minority and 96 percent white.

White
Minority

After dark, things change

Minorities made up 26 percent of daylight-hour stops and 25 percent of stops when it was dark out.

Men pulled over more than women

Madison
58 percent of stopped drivers were men;
42 percent were women.
Statewide
63 percent of stopped drivers were men;
37 percent were women.

69% let off with a warning

On a 100% scale, this chart shows how many drivers were let go with written or verbal warnings or received an infraction, a misdemeanor summons or were arrested.

Median driver's age: 43 years old

The median age of drivers stopped by Madison officers was 43 years old. Statewide it was 36 years old.

Most drivers stopped were not local

Madison
  • 43 percent were residents of the town where they were pulled over;
  • 57 percent were non-residents.
Statewide
  • 28 percent were residents;
  • 72 percent were non-residents.

Speed is often a factor

Across the state, speeding was the most common reason for pulling drivers over. Cell phone violations, defective lights and tinted windows were other reasons listed in the data.

Searches are rare

This chart shows the percentage of all stops that involved officers searching vehicles driven by white and minority drivers.

When stops occurred, by hour, weekday and month

Madison officer profiles

Select an officer from the table below to see how their stop patterns compare with the department and the state. Officer data is anonymized, with a department-provided ID instead of a name. The bars indicate the percentage the officer's total stops that involved minority drivers. Note that some officers reported very few stops, so this list is sorted by the total number of stops each officer reported.

OfficerMinority stops%Stops
100000170
16% 574
100000205
20% 468
100000253
9% 279
100000161
15% 272
100000260
23% 208
100000261
6% 206
100000270
51% 193
100000173
92% 123
100000250
19% 122
100000179
15% 117
100000180
8% 112
100000249
13% 98
100000208
92% 98
100000274
17% 90
100000275
10% 88
100000266
9% 87
100000185
32% 75
100000188
41% 75
100000121
10% 71
100000153
7% 70
100000177
% 65
100000202
96% 45
100000239
28% 40
100000240
18% 39
10248
28% 36
100000241
6% 34
100000279
46% 13
100000226
% 4
100000196
50% 4
100000248
67% 3
100000066
% 3
100000184
% 1