Voices of Color
A virtual monthly series at which we hold engaging conversations with Black, Indigenous, People of Color who are making a difference in the Madison community. Listen to their stories that speak to cultural differences, learn more about Madison from a different perspective, and ask questions. Have an experience that may challenge you to think outside your comfort zone. Our program is hosted by Melvin Hinton, a familiar voice from the WORT 89.9 FM Radio Literature program.
We are excited to be talking with Chief of Police Shon Barnes this month. Chief Barnes was hired by the Police and Fire Commission in February of 2021. He is a nationally recognized leader in crime reduction and community-police relations, and a council member on the National Police Foundation’s Council on Policing Reforms and Race. Throughout his career Chief Barnes has implemented Neighborhood Oriented Policing which focuses on smaller police beat response, police neighborhood ownership, and community engagement at all levels within the organization.