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Downtown Drain

By: Justin Williams
By: Justin Williams

On Madison's Westside, Dan Schwoegler says his Park Towne Lanes bowling center is far from the center of attention for police. "I don't see that happening on the west side, I don't see that happening on the east side, I see the problem being in the downtown area," Schwoegler says.

He insists Madison Police have been extremely helpful in rolling crime out of the facility but adds during the past several years, he's noticed an increase in police response time.
"Lately, if we've had any type of issue it has been a little lower response time than we're looking for," according to Schwoegler.

"We've got something that's working well here but we need to stabilize it," says Madison Police Chief, Noble Wray, who recently released the findings of a study which indicates a growing number of violent disturbances downtown requiring a disproportionate number of officers.

"Right now especially on a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night all of our resources are going into there," explains Wray.

To stop this drain on the department, he has asked the city's Alcohol License Review Commission to stop granting additional liquor licenses, and to put a cap on capacities, in section 403.

"Whereas, before if we were here it was easier for an officer to come in town and then go back, and be able to be available for calls in their area. But now...we're out here," Wray says, extending his arms.

Meanwhile...Schwoegler says while he may feel differently were his center located downtown he supports every effort to ensure an enjoyable experience for all law abiding citizens.


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