Public Safety

1701 Wright Street
Madison WI  53704

Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

EMERGENCY and After hours
(608) 245-2222 

Answered by Madison College Public Safety Dispatch:
Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Answered by Wisconsin State Capitol Police:
Monday - Friday after 10 p.m. 
All day Saturday - Sunday and holidays

(608) 246-6031

(608) 246-6932

Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Public Safety

Public Safety Patch

Madison College Public Safety Services is a 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week service. The Public Safety Central Command Center is in room B1240 on the Truax campus.

The department consists of full-time, casual and student help officers, as well as security technicians and clerical support.

Public Safety Services works closely with the City of Madison Police Department. as well as other local jurisdictions to enforce federal, state and municipal laws and the Madison College Student Code of Conduct. This is done by routine patrols of both the interior and exterior of all Madison College-owned and leased buildings by uniformed patrol officers via foot, bicycle and marked squad cars.

Wisconsin State Capitol Police logo

The Public Safety Department uses the Wisconsin State Capitol Police Department to provide dispatch services for the department. The hours for this service are Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 24 hours on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Please keep in mind that if you are contacting Public Safety during those hours, the State Capitol Police will answer. Please do not hang up; you are calling the correct number. This partnership benefits the Madison College community and provides a direct link for the officers while increasing the level of officer safety. We work closely with the Wisconsin State Capitol Police and have partnered to ensure we continue to provide a safe and welcoming community. We appreciate this partnership.

Madison College is a tobacco-free campus. This policy prohibits the use of any smoking devices, including e-cigarettes and vapor cigarettes.  Any city sidewalk is the only place where you can smoke near Madison College property.

The video below explains the role of the Public Safety Services Department in the Madison College community.


Parking Info


Question of the Week: What are WolfPack Alerts?


WolfPack Alert is the first source of emergency information. Through the mobile app, students learn about campus closures, potentially threatening incidents, weather emergencies and other urgent information.

Wolfpack alert logo

For the fastest up-to-date news, be sure to sign up for WolfPack Alerts. Registration is easy and takes about a minute on your mobile device. WolfPack Alerts enable Madison College students, faculty and staff to receive messages on their mobile devices and via Madison College email. During a WolfPack Alert, updates and messages also will appear on college-owned phones, TV monitors and Madison College social media.

To sign up:

  1. On your mobile device, select Android device or Apple device.
  2. Download Informacast Mobile App.
  3. Log-in to Informacast Mobile using your full Madison College email and password.
  4. Enter your telephone number.
  5. Follow the on-screen directions.

Follow these steps to register for WolfPack Alerts on older devices:

  1.   Go to
  2.   Sign in with your full Madison College email address and password.
  3.   Enter your phone number.
  4.   Follow the onscreen instructions.

Your device should now be able to receive WolfPack Alert messages.


Public Safety Services provides multiple services to the Madison College campus community for increased protection while on campus, as well as many community-relations programs in accordance with the Community-Oriented Policing philosophy. Officers are available 24/7, 365 days a year by calling (608) 245-2222. They respond to all Madison-area campuses.  

On average, Madison College Public Safety Officers respond to 310 calls per month, ranging from medical emergencies, disruptive or violent subjects, and drug or alcohol violations to burglaries, thefts, alarms and suspicious activities involving students or staff. If you have questions or would like more details on any of the services provided Public Safety Services, please call (608) 246-6932.

Duties of Public Safety Officers include:

  • Routine patrols of all campus-owned and leased facilities
  • Noise abatement of loud individuals
  • Eviction of non-affiliated persons
  • Parking control of all district parking lots and restricted areas
  • Medical assistance to sick or injured students, staff and visitors
  • Provide 24-hour access to campus facilities when requested and approved

Bicycle Patrol

Public Safety has a bike patrol unit that operates during the warmer months. This type of patrol allows for Public Safety Officers to be more visible and interact more with the Madison College community. An officer can move quickly through a crowd while on a bike and can find shortcuts, if necessary. This mobility also adds a "stealth" advantage to bike patrols when compared to patrol vehicles. An officer on a bike is much smaller, quieter and can go places that are not easily accessible to patrol vehicles. Also, a person fleeing from an officer generally can't outrun an officer on a bike.

Crime Prevention Team

The Madison College Crime Prevention Team was created in 2009 and proactively provides the Madison College community with the best crime prevention initiatives possible. The Crime Prevention Team constantly strives to find ways to keep all members of the Madison College community informed and protected from crimes of opportunity. In addition to these intiatives, they also publish a bi-weekly article in the student newspaper, The Clarion, to keep students and staff in the know about what Public Safety is responding to, as well as tips and updates regarding safety on campus.

If you have any safety concerns or information regarding crimes or suspicious activity on campus, contact the Public Safety Department at (608) 245-2222. We have uniformed Public Safety officers actively patrolling 24/7.

For general questions or concerns regarding the Crime Prevention Team, contact Crime Prevention Team Leader Sgt. Steffen at (608) 243-4441.

Lost and Found

The lost-and-found area at the Truax campus is located in the Public Safety Services Office on the first floor in Room B1240. Please contact the Public Safety Department for lost-and-found locations at other Madison College facilities. Most items are held for 30 days.

Public Education

During large events, such as New Student Daze, stop by and visit the Public Safety Services booth. Public Safety officers will provide you with safety tips, helpful hints and any other information you would like to know about the department, parking policies, and safety and security at Madison College.

Security Escort Program

Upon request, a uniformed patrol officer can escort you to your car or classroom on campus. Off-campus escort requests will be granted based on the discretion of the officer. Request an escort by calling the non-emergency number during regular business hours at (608) 246-6932 or stop at Room B1240 on the Truax campus. Please call approximately 5 to 10 minutes ahead of the requested escort time and state the location where you would like to be met, as well as your final destination. After normal business hours, please call (608) 245-2222.

Vehicle Unlocks

Lock your keys in your car? Upon request, Public Safety Services is able to open your vehicle by use of specialty tools to retrieve your keys. Be prepared to show proper ownership of the vehicle by providing registration and/or insurance information. Before calling a tow company, check with Public Safety. We can attempt to gain access for no charge.


Meet the members of Madison College's Public Safety Services Department: 

Director of Public Safety

Director James Bottoni has been with the Public Safety Services Department since August of 2007. Upon his arrival, he immediately assessed the current state of the department and began to redefine and develop its mission and role within the district. Prior to joining the college, Director Bottoni served as the director of security and visitor services for eight years at the Milwaukee Public Museum. His prior experience also includes 15 years of services as the director of public safety at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). Director Bottoni’s other experiences include six years of service in the United States Army, where he was a Military Police Officer and received the Distinguished Graduate Award. He has a Bachelor of Science-Business Administration and Management degree, and is an active member of the International Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators, as well as the International Association of Chiefs of Police. When Director Bottoni is not serving the district, he enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and his two horses, Bear and Guardian, with his wife, Faith.

Captain of Operations

Captain Jim McFarlane joined the department in January 2011. Before joining Madison College, Captain McFarlane worked for the Fall River Police Department, where he achieved the rank of sergeant and still serves as the police firearms instructor and Taser instructor. Prior to starting his civilian law enforcement career, he served as a Military Police Officer for four years in the United States Marine Corps. Lieutenant McFarlane is a certified evidence technician, trained and experienced as a forensic imaging specialist and is a member of the Wisconsin Identification Association. He is a 1999 graduate of Madison College, earning his associate degree in Police Science and completing the Wisconsin Police Academy. When he is not working at the college, he enjoys riding his motorcycle; watching the Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers; playing with his German shepherds, Sophie and JJ; spending time with his wife, Mandy and daughter Holly; fishing; and farming.

Patrol Sergeant

Sergeant Joe Steffen has been with the department since 2006, when he worked as a student officer while completing the Law Enforcement Academy at Madison College. Sergeant Steffen became a permanent full-time officer with the department in August 2010 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2011. He is a Taser instructor and Glock Armorer. He received his associate degree in Criminal Justice from Madison College and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University. In addition to working at Madison College, he also works part time as a police officer for the Fall River Police Department. His past experience includes serving as a certified emergency medical technician. Sergeant Steffen is an avid sportsman, and when he is not working, you will likely find him in the woods or field hunting, snowboarding or enjoying a round of golf. He also enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Megan, and their newly acquired black lab, Buddy Lee.

Field Training Patrol Officers

Officer Taylor Weckerly has been with the department since April 2009 and was initially employed as a student officer He earned his associate degree in criminal justice at Madison College in 2012. Officer Weckerly became a full-time Officer with the department in April 2012 and currently also serves the Village of Rio as a part-time police officer. When he is not serving the district or working at the Police Department, you can find him riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle or tailgating at a Milwaukee Brewers game.

Officer Luke Adler has been with the department since July 2009 and was initially employed as a student officer. He completed his associate degree in criminal justice at Madison College in 2012 and completed the 520-hour Law Enforcement Academy in 2013. Officer Adler became a full-time officer with the department in January 2013. He currently also serves the Village of Rio as a part-time police officer. When he is not serving the district or working at the police department, you can find him in the woods, on the water and in the gym staying fit.

Patrol Officers

Officer Tom Ambler has been with the department since 2008. Officer Ambler's past experiences include a brief time working for the University of Wisconsin Parking Department and a 20-year-plus career with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, where he served in several capacities over the years. Because of his distinguished career in the Dane County area, Officer Ambler acts as the department’s liaison in contacting other local law enforcement agencies when seeking information or following up on issues. Officer Ambler is an outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing and disc golf.

Officer Nicalus Tatro has been with the department since April 2010. He initially was employed as a student officer, and he earned his associate degree in criminal justice at Madison College in 2012. Officer Tatro became a full-time officer with the department in April 2012. In addition to working at Madison College, he has worked part time as a police officer for the Fall River Police Department. When Officer Tatro is not serving the district, his hobbies include recreational weight lifting, playing golf, cheering on the Brew Crew and snowboarding.

Officer Collin Hoops as been with the department since March 2011. He initially was employed as a student officer and finished his associate degree in criminal justice at Madison College in 2012. Officer Hoops became a full-time officer with the department in July 2013. When he is not serving the district, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Officer Amber Gilles was originally hired as a Student Employee in 2012, where she graduated from Madison College with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. After graduating, Officer Gilles took a full-time job with Meriter Hospital Security. Officer Gilles also worked for the Wisconsin State Patrol as a dispatcher for a short period of time. In August of 2016, Officer Gilles returned to our department part-time and then became full-time in 2017. When she is not serving the district, Officer Gilles enjoys taking road trips with friends, hiking, and kayaking.


Officer Alfred Arthurs has been with Madison College since January 2017. Officer Arthurs graduated from the Madison College 114th Law Enforcement Academy in 2010 and served as a Security Officer for Edgewood College from 2009 to 2017. Officer Arthurs received his Bachelors of Science in Graphic Design and Art from Edgewood College in 2008. He enjoys spending his time with his family and friends. Some of his favorite hobbies include whitewater rafting, cycling, kayaking, hiking, video editing, and photography.


Dispatcher Paul Collins has been with the department since April 2013 following 14 years of service as a police, fire, and EMS dispatcher for the City of Portage Police Department. He also served in the United States Army Reserve through the 1990s as a Quartermaster. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Upper Iowa University for Disaster and Emergency Management in October 2013. When not working, he worked on wildlife advocacy issues and spends time with his two rescue Japanese Chins named Foo and Eggroll. Paul also does volunteer transport of injured and orphaned wildlife to certified wildlife rehabilitators. He plans to acquire a master’s degree in public administration.

Dispatcher David Manthey started with the department in December 2009 as a student employee he left in 2012  to serve 3 years as a Law Enforcement Dispatcher and Communications Training Officer for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department.  He returned to Madison College Public Safety and took a full-time postion in August 2015.  David earned his associate degree in criminal justice at Madison College in 2014.  When he is not serving the district, he enjoys fishing, Indycar racing, tabletop board games and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Project Leader Security Technician

Jeff Luthanen began his career with Madison College in 1980 when he was hired as a maintenance employee. While working in the Maintenance Department, Jeff soon became the primary staff member responsible for locks and doors. When the Security Department was created, his position moved to this new area of focus. Jeff continues to be responsible for the door access control systems for the district, as well as the security alarm systems and the closed circuit television security systems. When Jeff is not working for the college, he enjoys gardening, participating in community events and spending time with his family.


Pursuant to 20 United States Code, section 1092(f), the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act," and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), every institution of higher education in the United States that participates in Title IV funding (federal student aid programs) must produce and distribute a Daily Crime Log, which lists every crime reported to Public Safety Services within the past 60 days, and an Annual Security Report, which contains crime statistics and statements of security policy. Please click on the appropriate link to viewMadison College's Daily Crime Log and Annual Security Report. 


Incident Reports

To report an incident, call (608) 245-2222, or 2222 from an interdepartmental phone.

If you would like to meet with an officer to file a report of an incident that has already occurred, you may come to the Public Safety Command Center in Room B1240 on the Truax campus or call (608) 245-2222 and request an officer to meet you to file a report.

To request a report that has already been filed, you may fill out a records request form and turn it in at the Public Safety Command Center in Room B1240 on the Truax campus.

Please understand that due to ongoing investigations and confidential information, all records may not be accessible and some documentation may be withheld from records before being distributed.

Once your request for records is submitted, it will be reviewed by Madison College Public Safety's command staff and you will receive a response within five business days. Depending on the records you request, there is no timeline as to when you will receive the requested records. Requests are handled in the order in which they are received and are processed in as timely a manner as possible. Any records request will be denied if a state photo ID is not present at the time of request or if the information is not filled out in its entirety. You will receive a copy of the request upon submittal.

Public Safety Forms

National Terrorism Advisory System

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has established a National Terrorism Advisory System to provide the public with information regarding terrorist threats. Please check this web page for periodic updates and instructions in case of a situation that threatens the campus. At this time, there is no information to indicate that the City of Madison or Madison College is under any increased risk of a terrorist attack.

Important Websites

Important Madison College Phone Numbers 

  • General Infromation: (608) 246-6100
  • Conflict Management Services: (608) 246-6726
  • Counseling: (608) 246-6076
  • Facility Services: (608) 246-6782

National Hotlines



As members of the Madison Area Technical College Public Safety Services Department, we are committed to working together toward a common goal of providing a safe environment for the entire campus community. This goal will be accomplished by providing a professional, cooperative, customer-driven service that is both flexible and responsive to the needs of all. This spirit of service and cooperation will also be extended to all outside law enforcement agencies, for without their assistance, our job would be a difficult one. We are committed to giving members of our campus community the highest level of professionalism that can be expected.

"Respect, Integrity and Excellence."