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Welcome to District Seven

District Seven Crime & Safety Meeting

Please join us for District Seven's monthly Crime and Safety meeting!

Date: Monday, November 16th, 2015                
Time: 6:00 p.m. - Meetings typically last 90 minutes
Location: Albright United Methodist Church - 5555 W. Capitol Dr.  

Block Watches

Block Watch is a national program that is based on the principle that neighbors working together are the first and best line of defense against crime. Block Watch is simple to begin and can improve the security of your neighborhood while increasing your sense of community.

It involves neighbors getting to know each other and working together in a program of mutual interests and assistance, citizens being trained to recognize and report suspicious activities in their neighborhoods, and the implementation of crime prevention techniques, such as home, garage and personal safety and security.

The Milwaukee Police Department with Citywide Block Watch Council offer citizens a manual created to help reduce crimes in area neighborhoods through the development of Block Watch groups.

For more information on starting a block watch or to locate a block watch in District 7, contact our Community Prosecution Unit at (414) 935-7278.

Neighborhood Clean-Ups

Get to know your neighbors and improve the look of your neighborhood by organizing a clean-up!

  1. Select a Clean-Up Time and Date. Weekends are a good time for a clean-up, as most of your neighbors will be available. Always schedule at least four weeks in advance with a rain date.

  1. Identify Clean-Up Site. It is helpful to create a map, outlining the streets and locations to be cleaned.

  1. Tools and Supplies. Tools you need depend on what you plan to clean up. Hoes, rakes and/or shovels may be needed. Try to anticipate your needs before the day of the clean-up. You will definitely need heavy-duty trash bags and work gloves. These can be obtained from a supermarket as a donated item or from other businesses in your neighborhood. Most businesses have trash bags and will gladly donate some.

  1. Organize Volunteers. Call or visit neighbors and ask them to participate in the clean-up.

  1. Plan for Refreshments. Have water and other refreshments available for the volunteers. Businesses in the area are sometimes willing to donate.

  1. Ask the Crime Watch or Other Community Organizations in the Area to Round Up Volunteers, if you need additional help.

  1. Celebrate your Success! Organize a neighborhood party to celebrate your successful clean-up! Feel free to invite local politicians and other community leaders. Publicity is a wonderful way to show neighboring areas that clean-ups are easy and a great way to show pride.

Nuisance Process

Property where nuisance activity occurs regularly is a blight on the whole neighborhood. The nuisances frighten away law abiding residents, discourage reinvestment, and consume police and other city services. Responsible property owners can and usually do take steps to discourage those that cause such behaviors from occupying their buildings. The Chronic Nuisance Property Code says to property owners, in effect, “If you do not take action to try to stop these nuisances from recurring, then you and not the taxpayers will pay the cost of the police that must respond to your building."

Which Nuisances are Included?

There are over 25 nuisance activities listed in the code, including but not limited to loud music, loitering, illegal drug activity, harassment, disorderly conduct, battery, indecent exposure, prostitution, littering, keeping animals that disturb the peace, and discharge of a firearm. A complete list can be found in 80-10 of the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances.

How Does the Process Work?

When the Milwaukee Police Department receives a complaint about a residential or commercial property, the Community Prosecution Unit reviews the phone calls for service for that specified address.

To qualify as a nuisance, there must be a minimum of three phone calls for service in a 30-day period or two vice, violence, or gang complaints in one year. Essential phone calls for emergency situations that are not enumerated in the nuisance ordinance or incidents that are unrelated to a specified address are not included in this count (e.g. calls for sick or injured persons, traffic or subject stops that are unrelated to the residence, etc.).

If a property does not have the requisite number of phone calls for service, additional follow-up by the CPU may be required. Follow-up may include door-to-door outreach in the area to confirm complaints; “knock and talks” to address issues directly with the occupants of the property; informal contact with the landlord to let them know about the nature of the complaints against their property; monitoring activity on the property; or referrals to an outside resource that can best address the issues on the premises.

If a property qualifies as a nuisance, a file is opened, and a letter is sent to its owner, detailing the nature of the nuisance and requesting a plan of action (also known as an abatement plan) within 10 days to address the problems.

  •  If the plan is accepted, the property is monitored for 45 days. No further action is taken against a property owner, if the complaints stop.
    • In the event that the complaints continue, another letter is sent, notifying the owner that their plan needs revision. A modified plan is expected within 10 days. If this modified plan is accepted, the property is monitored for an additional 45 days. Again, no further action will be taken against the property owner, if the complaints stop.
  • When the plan or a modified version of the plan is not accepted, the property is monitored and billed for activity.
  • If the owner does not respond to the initial nuisance letter or a letter asking for a modified plan, a failure to respond letter is sent prior to the owner prior to the property being monitored every 30 days and billed for activity.
  • Properties with three bills in one year are considered a “Chronic Nuisance” and are therefore eligible for a citation between $1,000 and $5,000.

What You Can Do

Depending on the severity of the situation, you may want to approach the property owner first to discuss the problems on their property. DNS Property Data can be used to locate the owner.

For suspected crimes in progress and life-threatening situations, dial 911.

For properties that have issues that are only environmental (e.g. litter, pest or animal complaints, broken windows, nuisance vehicles, overgrown grass or weeds, overcrowding), please contact the Department of Neighborhood Services or  the Department of Public Works.

Concerned neighbors are encouraged to call the Non-Emergency number (933-4444) to report nuisance activity. These phone calls are tracked by the Milwaukee Police Department. If possible, keep a detailed log of the nuisance activity, including the date, time, location, and a description of the activity as well as the names of anyone you contacted about the problem (the owner, police officers, etc.).

To report a nuisance property, you can:

  • Attend a District 7 Crime & Safety Meeting and speak with your CPU representatives in person
  • Call or email your CPU representatives.

Holiday and Winter Safety Tips


The holiday season is quickly approaching and in our haste to find the right present or perfectly decorate the house, we have a tendency to forget about our personal safety and thus become a victim. Criminals enjoy the holiday season as much as you do. There are many more victims to choose from and too many of us are carrying more money or credit cards than what is really necessary.


Follow these simple precautions to protect yourself and decrease your chances of being assaulted or robbed during the shopping season:
  • THE most important rule to remember is your own safety comes first. Everything you own at the moment that you are approached by a robber is replaceable, whether the item is money, your car, jewelry, clothes, etc. Many victims, especially senior women will resist giving up their purses, and unfortunately, in some cases, their attacker drags them or a physical struggle ensues and the woman ends up on the ground sustaining injuries that could have easily been avoided.
  • ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings and never let your guard down. If you walk with your head down or you are carrying to many packages, you are an easy target. Make eye contact, say hello to strangers, walk with a purpose or walk with someone else and you greatly reduce your chances of being a robber’s next victim.
  • TRUST your instincts. Victims are followed home from the bank, the grocery store, the shopping mall, etc. If you feel you are being followed while driving home, go to a public place instead of leading the robber to your front door. If you are walking go to the nearest public place and ask for help. Many victims will tell investigating officers that they saw the suspect walking in the alley or driving behind them, but still did their normal routine. If you see someone loitering in or near an alley, drive around the block or park your car at the front of the house.
  • WHEN parking in your garage that abuts an alley, you should always back into your garage rather than pull straight into the garage. By backing into the garage, you have a clearer view of who may be coming into the garage, plus this allows you to drive out of harms way. Notify someone in your house ahead of time that you are about to drive into the garage. He or she can then meet you outside or turn on additional lights.
  • LIMIT your losses. Don’t carry excessive amounts of cash or credit cards. Keep cash and keys on your person, not in a wallet or purse. Carry a “dummy” purse or wallet with a small amount of money. Don’t carry social security cards, health insurance cards, driver’s licenses, keys or irreplaceable pictures in your wallet or purse. When these items are stolen they can be used to commit other crimes such as a burglary because your address is now known or your keys were taken and identity theft because your social security card was stolen.
  • MAINTAIN your personal space. If someone moves inside your comfort zone, quickly get away from that person. Many robberies happen in bus shelters or on gas station parking lots, where a stranger approaches you for directions, the time, etc.
  • CARRY a charged cell phone at all times, scream fire rather than help if needed, keep your keys in your hand always ready to enter your car or house and consider carrying pepper spray as a way to defend yourself if ever attacked.

Burglars know that during the holidays, people are away from their homes for long periods of time. During the holiday season many residents display their nicely decorated tree in the front window. The tree in the window, however, prevents the curtains or shades from being closed, thus allowing any would be burglar to see inside the house. Be extra cautious about home security during the holidays and lessen your chances of having a burglar spoil your holiday.
  • Keep doors and windows closed and locked at all times. Invest in steel entry doors or solid wood door. Entry doors should always be secured with a dead bolt lock, and the bolt should be at least three inches long.
  • Insert a pin or screw above all first floor window sashes to prevent windows from being forced open. Basement windows can be glass blocked, painted shut or nailed shut.
  • Your house should always look occupied. Burglars rarely will enter a house if they think someone is at home. Put lights on timers, leave a radio or television on, keep a car in the driveway, pick up the mail and newspaper and maintain the outside of the house. You are advertising that no one is home if the lawn is covered with leaves or the sidewalk hasn’t been shoveled
  • Turn on your porch lights. Invest in either a dusk to dawn outdoor light or a motion activated light. Keep large televisions and computers away from open windows. Participate in operation Identification by engraving your electronic equipment with your driver’s license number.

  • After the holidays are over, it is a good time to start or update an inventory of your property. Purchase an address book that has alphabet tabs and record all of your computer and electronic equipment’s model numbers, serial numbers and brand names.
  • Completely destroy the boxes of your new items. Burglars will drive thru alleys looking for the house that recently features a new television, computer system, etc.
  • During the holidays we are more likely to give money to charitable organizations. If someone comes to your door soliciting for money, ask for identification and ask how the money is used. Contact the police if you are concerned about the person(s) going door to door in your neighborhood.
  •  Real Christmas trees can be a fire hazard. Make sure trees are watered daily. An unlit tree in an open window is another indication you are not home.
  • Start the new year off right with establishing a block watch or rejuvenating an existing block watch in your neighborhood.

For additional crime prevention information or block watch information, please contact Officer Darcie Trunkel at 935-7772 and have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.


Operation I.D.


The purpose behind this crime prevention program is to help law enforcement identify your property if it gets stolen. Marked property is difficult for a burglar to dispose of or resell. It can be traced to the rightful owner with relative ease and if the burglar is caught with marked property, it is solid evidence of possession of stolen goods.  Through our Block Watch Programs, citizens are encouraged to use an engraver and/or permanent marker to boldly and clearly mark their property with thier driver’s license number.

Snow blowers, lawn mowers and flat screen televisions are some of the most commonly stolen items in a theft or burglary. By marking your property you can reduce the chances of it being stolen in the first place, and increase your chances of having property returned to you.

To encourage residents to mark their property, officers will work with neighbors to coordinate engraving their driver’s license numbers on items normally found in garages. For property inside your home, it is strongly suggested to write down the model and serial numbers and also take a photo of items such as your flat screen televisions, Blue Ray players, jewelry, etc.

If you are interested in having officers come out to your neighborhood with this program, as well as general Block Watch information, please follow these steps:

  1.  Encourage your neighbors to get involved, and then determine when would be the best day of the week and time for an "Operation I.D. Engraving Party."
  2. Contact the Community Liaison Office at 935-7278 and talk with an officer about scheduling your party, as well as forming a Block Watch Club on your block.

Make this is a fun event for your block. Have a pot luck or provide snacks. Residents that participate may also get stickers (while supplies last) indicating that their property is marked, which will also help to deter criminals.  


Contact Us

MPD District 7
Captain Jutiki C. Jackson
3626 W. Fond Du Lac Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53216

Emergency - 911

(La Linea que no es de Emergencia es)

District numbers (414 area code)

District Seven 935-7272

Proactive Policing Team 935-7278 or

Captain's Office 935-7270

Lieutenant's Office 935-7271

  • Lt. Boris Turcinovic - 8 am to 4 pm
  • Lt. Cassandra Libal - 4 pm to 12 am
  • Lt. Scott Charles - 12 am to 8 am

Sergeant's Office 935-7277

Community Liaison Office 935-7772

  • P.O. Darcie Trunkel

Community Prosecution Unit

  • Assit D.A. Ben Wesson 935-7459
  • Police Officer Nat Tharpe 935-7278
  • Police Officer Daniel Pierce 935-7314
  • Police Officer Monte Kirk 935-7272
  • Safe and Sound Coordinator Cacy Kemp 708-4593

Domestic Violence Advocate

  • Police Officer Valeria Zorich 935-7272
  • Sojourner Peace Center Advocate Kelly Horsfall 335-1115

Meet your Community Liaison Officer

Don't know who else to contact?  Your Community Liaison Officer may be able to help you help yourself.  Your Community Liaison Officer can help you start a Block Watch program, or deal with a long standing nuisance issue in your neighborhood.

  • Police Officer Darcie Trunkel 935-7772