Arthur L. Jones 1996 - 2003
Chief Arthur Jones was sworn in as Milwaukee's 16th Chief of Police, and the first African-American to serve in this capacity, on November 15, 1996. He began his career as a police officer in October, 1967. He served as the Deputy Inspector of Police in charge of the Special Operations Bureau prior to his appointment as Chief. He served as the Deputy Inspector of Police in charge of the Special Operations Bureau prior to his appointment as Chief. He served in several other capacities including Lieutenant of Detectives assigned to the Special Assignment Division, primarily responsible for protecting the Mayor.
Chief Jones implemented the "broken windows" philosophy in the Milwaukee Police Department which holds that if smaller problems of crime and disorder are left unattended, they lead to bigger problems. This initiative focused all the Department's resources on reducing crime and placed greater accountability on all members to enforce the laws and ordinances in effect in our city. Chief Jones also implemented tighter organization controls that helped that Department operate more effectively and efficiently.
Chief Jones is an ardent supporter of technology to enhance our ability to serve the public. He increased the use of computers in crime analysis to detect where crime was occurring so that resources can be directed to those areas. He added mobile data terminals to our fleet and upgraded computer systems to meet the demands of the Department. He also ordered the use of laser and radar technology to help improve traffic safety.
Chief Jones is a fierce advocate of individual rights and believes everybody should be treated with dignity and respect. Equal opportunity was afforded every member of this Department which improved public confidence and support of its police department.
Chief Jones' strong and dedicated leadership led to a reduction in crime and disorder and enhanced quality of life in the City of Milwaukee and restored the proud tradition and legacy of the Milwaukee Police Department.