Mayor's Community Partnership – Mayor Barrett launched a Community Partnership in January in an effort to reduce violent crime in the City. The Mayor's message is simple – the entire community must demand that violence in not used to resolve disputes. Mayor Barrett will continue to visit schools, churches, and residences to promote this message. The Mayor will focus his Community Partnership efforts in predominately African-American areas, the group most impacted by violent crime.
Decreased homicide rate – In 2004, there were 88 homicides in the City of Milwaukee. This 17 percent decrease from 107 homicides in 2003 signals the first time since 1988 that the homicide rate dropped below 100. Despite this reduction, Mayor Barrett will continue to work to advance social and economic conditions in an effort to prevent killings in the City of Milwaukee.
Reinstating the Gang Squad – Mayor Barrett fully supports efforts to provide exemplary and effective police service, such as the reinstatement of the Milwaukee Police Department's Gang Squad. Gangs pose a significant threat to community safety. Murder, violence and drug and gun trafficking are just some of the outcomes of gangs. The Gang Squad has and will continue to make Milwaukee's streets safer by pursuing gang members involved in criminal activity.