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Lake view at sunset

City of Madison Police Department


116 West Center
Madison, SD 57042

P: (605) 256-7531

Police Bike unit

In the summer of 2008, the Madison Police Department formed a bicycle unit in our continuing effort to promote community policing and serve the citizens of Madison. The bicycle we chose was a Giant brand XTC-2 27 speed mountain bike, which was purchased with funds we received for participating in a national prescription drug research program.  Several officers will be equipped with appropriate uniforms for bicycle patrol and the remaining officers will be allowed to utilize the bicycle on a voluntary basis.  The Chief of Police also has plans to utilize the bicycle in neighborhood patrols.  A rack will be installed on the rear of a patrolcar, which will allow the bicycle to be transported to various subdivisions and neighborhoods of town for patrol.  In case of an emergency, the officer can return to his patrolcar, load the bicycle, and respond in the appropriate fashion.  There will always be another officer on duty when the bicycle unit is on patrol.  Training will be offered for participating officers and eventually the bicycle will be equipped for traffic enforcement.

One of the most appealing features of a police bicycle program is that it allows greater contact with our citizens.  Though patrol cars are very visible, the police bicycle is closer to public and allows the officer to patrol areas not accessible to the patrol car, such as parks and the recreation trail to name a few.  Bicycle patrol is proactive law enforcement and is another tool that the Police Department is using to work with our community to improve the quality of life.  Advantages of a bicycle program are numerous and include:

  1. Promotes exercise and health
  2. Cost effective - a lot less expensive than operating a patrolcar
  3. Community orientated - people are more likely to approach an officer, it increases communication between the officer and the citizens they meet during patrol
  4. They are quiet and stealthy

City Wide Cleanup: May 7-11, 2018

Madison's City Wide Cleanup has been scheduled for May 7-11, 2018. Click for more information.

Electronic Recycling Drop Off Event Scheduled

The Lake County FREE Electronic Recycling Drop Off Event has been scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Click for more information.

2017 City of Madison Annual Report

The Annual Report for the City of Madison as of fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, is now available. Click to view.

2018 Budget Book Now Available

The 2018 Budget Book is now available. Click to view.