2018 Annual Report
Message from the Chief
In February 2018, I became Milwaukee’s nineteenth Police Chief. Becoming the Chief of Police in the city where I was born and raised is more than a dream come true, it is an opportunity that I do not take for granted.
I grew up here in the City of Milwaukee. I remember seeing the same police officers patrolling my neighborhood when I was young and I eventually realized that they were human beings just like me. Many have said that since I have become Chief, I have brought back the human element of law enforcement. Police officers, although we are thought to have super powers and are seen by our family members and friends as superheroes, we are human. We are people and we need to work together with the people we protect and serve.
I understand that we need the people of our community to assist us in making Milwaukee a safer place to live, work and raise a family and that is why we are working so hard to restore strained relationships with our community, intergovernmental and system partners. We have implemented numerous strategies that have already proven to be successful and have caused violent crime, such as homicides and non-fatal shootings, to decrease to records we have not seen in years. The Milwaukee Police Department is successful because we understand the importance of targeting offenders who victimize the people of Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Police Department is successful because we understand the importance of listening to and working with our partners to reduce crime in our city. Finally, the Milwaukee Police Department is successful because we work together as a team. I believe that no member of the team is more important than the other. We all have a job to do and we must make sure that we continue to do that job in order to keep our city safe.
Although we have seen significant progress in crime reduction and community relations in 2018, we have also experienced heartbreak. The Milwaukee Police Department had not suffered a line of duty death in approximately twenty two years; however, within a seven week period both Officer Charles Irvine Jr. and Officer Michael Michalski were killed in the line of duty. Both officers loved this job and were committed to the vision of this agency. Although they are gone, they will never be forgotten.
Thank you City of Milwaukee, and thank you to all of the members of the Milwaukee Police Department for allowing me to be your Police Chief. Let us continue to work together to make a positive impact for generations to come.
Chief of Police
City of Milwaukee
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