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Madison’s Police Civilian Oversight Board selects John Tate II as city’s first independent police monitor


The Police Civilian Oversight Board (PCOB) has selected John Tate II as the first independent police monitor in the City of Madison’s history, the City announced in a press release on Monday.

The responsibilities of the independent police monitor include oversight of the Madison Police Department’s (MPD) compliance with internal policies and procedures.

“Throughout his career, Mr. Tate has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to actively listening to – and serving as an advocate for – some of the most marginalized individuals and families in our state,” said Keetra Burnette, PCOB Chair, in a statement. “We believe that Mr. Tate’s ability to stand firm in support of difficult decisions and his proven ability to collaboratively solve problems by engaging with and centering the voices of diverse community members will make him a tremendous asset to our community. We are honored to welcome him to serve as our inaugural Independent Monitor and look forward to working with him to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and members of the Greater Madison community.”

Tate had been a chairperson for the Wisconsin Parole Commission, alder for the 3rd district in Racine and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work, specializing in mental health, from Loyola University, Chicago.

Tate will begin his new position as the independent police monitor on Dec. 5, pending approval by the Common Council.