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District 12 — Alderman José G. Pérez

Amid Bump and Run Carjackings, MPD Issues Safety Tips

Milwaukee Police report the rising prevalence of a new crime trend on the near South Side—“Bump and Run” carjackings, where criminals intentionally cause a minor car crash in order to initiate contact with a potential carjacking victim.

Learn more about how to stay safe

We Need YOUR Help Identifying Possible Problem Taverns
Taverns, night clubs, and other places that serve alcohol can be great members of our community that provide entertainment, relaxation, and enjoyment. They can also, however, be nuisances that can harm our shared quality of life. You have my promise that I will always work with you to first watch and then, if necessary, seek disciplinary action against troubled locations. Click here to read a full letter from Alderman Perez about how you an help (en espanol). Also, here is a list of all 12th District establishments.

Information on Sex Offender Residency Restrictions
On July 22, 2014, the Common Council passed File Number 140364, an ordinance relating to residency restrictions and loitering regulations for sex offenders, and it took effect on October 7, 2014. More information is available on this Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet prepared by the Milwaukee Police Department relating to its implementation. For additional questions, you can call Alderman Pérez's office at 286-2861. Please note the City of Milwaukee cannot provide legal advice to any individual regarding whether or how the provisions of this ordinance apply to his or her individual circumstances.

Crime Log Can Help Document Crime & Nuisance Activities

It is sometimes not clear whom to contact to report a crime, suspicious activity, nuisance problems or other incidents. The general rule of thumb recommended by Milwaukee Police is that if the incident constitutes an emergency, call 9-1-1. An “emergency” would include all life-threatening situations including shots fired, and all suspected crimes in progress including vandalism (especially graffiti vandalism), a fight or battery, loitering/prowling, robbery, or sexual assault.

If the situation is NOT an emergency, the number to call is 933-4444. Non-emergency situations generally include parking problems/issues, loud music and neighbor problems. If it is some other city issue, please call 286-CITY (286-2489).

This new citizen complaint log created at the request of Alderman Pérez can also help police and city officials combat crime and nuisance issues. Please document suspicious activity that includes loitering, drug activity, prostitution, vandalism, graffiti and any other behavior that you believe is illegal and/or disruptive in your neighborhood.

Please click here to view the citizen complaint log sheet.

New 2014 Virtual Night Parking Permit System

For the convenience of the city’s night parking permit customers, there will be no requirement to display a physical permit starting in 2014. When residents buy a night parking permit after December 20, 2013, they will complete the same application, accurately listing the applicable license plate number. Residents will receive a confirmation number to prove purchase of the permit, but will not receive a physical permit to place on the vehicle’s window.

The license plate number will be used by parking enforcement to determine whether the owner has purchased a valid permit. All customer service problems arising from misplaced or stolen permits will be eliminated. Failure to purchase a permit will still be subject to a $20 citation.

When a resident purchases a permit online, the cost savings derived from the elimination of permit production, handling and mailing costs will be passed on to customers. The convenience fee will be reduced from the current $2.25 to $1.00.

Visit to purchase a night permit online and avoid the hassle of standing in line to pay in-person. Please call 286-CITY (2489) with any questions.

Alderman Pérez Named NALEO Conference Host

Alderman José G. Pérez is honored to have been named one of the hosts for the 30th annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), to be held June 27 – June 29, 2013 in Chicago.

Alderman Pérez, who in March was appointed to serve as a member of the board of directors of the Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) for the National League of Cities (NLC), said NALEO serves as the leadership organization of the nation’s more than 6,000 Latino U.S. elected and appointed officials, from all levels of government.

NALEO develops and implements programs promoting the integration of Latino immigrants into American society, developing future leaders among Latino youth, providing assistance and training to Latino elected and appointed officials and by conducting research on issues important to the Latino population.

Firefighter with Smoke Alarm

Smoke Detectors: Proven to Save Lives

The Milwaukee Fire Department and the Mayor’s Office collaborated to develop Project FOCUS (Firefighters Out Creating Urban Safety) in 1991. FOCUS was created to address the fact that out of the 113 people who died in fires between 1987 and 1991, 91 of the victims perished in homes with no smoke detector, a disconnected smoke detector, or a detector without batteries.

Since Project FOCUS was implemented, more than 20,000 smoke detectors have been installed in residences. All of the smoke detectors installed since 2005 are tamper-proof, feature a 10-year lithium ion battery and hush button as required by the City of Milwaukee fire code.

Check your smoke detector today, and make sure to check it on a monthly basis. If you do not have a working smoke detector you can request one to be installed by calling the Milwaukee Fire Department Smoke Detector Hotline (414) 286-8980.

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Milwaukee, WI 53202  

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A limited number of booklets can be obtained by contacting my assistant at 286-2861. You can also download and print your own version of the directory, or call 286-CITY to instantly be connected with any city service.

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Safe Sleep for Your Baby

The City of Milwaukee Health Department strongly advises parents NOT to share a bed with their infant. This is based on an American Academy of Pediatrics 2005 Policy Statement that states that the “risk of SIDS has been shown to be reduced when the infant sleeps in the same room as the mother,” but the AAP recommends that infants not share a bed with parents or anyone else, due to proven hazards. Click here to view a video that offers some advice on how to avoid the problems associated with “co-sleeping” with infants.