They’re patrolling the streets in squad cars, walking school hallways and sometimes playing pickup basketball games in Madison’s neighborhoods. The city’s police officers serve as law enforcement, but officers are also members of the community.

And at a time when many residents are critical of the police, their training is taking on more importance.

The Cap Times will be following this year’s Madison Police Department class of recruits over the next several months, learning through the eyes of those who are learning to police our city.

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