Mayor Barrett's budgets have consistently ensured the Milwaukee Police Department has the staffing and the resources needed to effectively address crime, fear and disorder. The department has been able to combine old-fashion beat patrol work with 21st century technology. This has proven successful in reversing violent and property crime trends in our city.
The police department's data driven deployment, staffing and service delivery, and constructive community relations have contributed to a 13% decline in violent crime and a 35% decline in property crime since mid-2007.
In 2013, Milwaukee saw a spike in robbery, as well as an unacceptable increase in non-fatal shootings and homicides compared to 2012. In response, Mayor Barrett and the Milwaukee Police Department directed additional resources to hotspots, increased the neighborhood presence of patrols and expanded a group violence reduction initiative. The timely allocation of these resources will help continue to reduce violent crime.
Mayor Barrett's 2014 budget provides $2.7 million dollars for 100 new police officers to be hired during 2014. An additional $2.8 million dollars will continue to fund 50 police officers hired in mid-2011 with federal stimulus funds. This $4.5 million dollar commitment will support an average funded strength of 1,855 sworn police.
While the Milwaukee Police Department continues its solid work reducing crime, it has also interacted more closely with residents, improved engagement with the community and formed partnerships with community-based organizations. Additionally, there have also been cooperative efforts between city agencies including a partnership with the Department of Neighborhood Services in addressing nuisance properties.
During Mayor Barrett's time in office, the Milwaukee Police Department has become more effective, more technologically-advanced, more transparent and more engaged with the community.
The Milwaukee Fire Department continues to provide an exceptional level of fire protection and emergency medical services, meeting or exceeding national standards for response and care. In 2013, two people died in fires in Milwaukee. That is the lowest number of fire deaths since the Fire Department started keeping track.
The Fire Department’s emergency service response times remain among the best in the nation. As a result, during the first half of 2011 the department achieved a 98.8% survival rate for stabbing victims and a 92.7% survival rate for gunshot victims.
Under Mayor Barrett's leadership, the department has continued to align its resources to the needs of residents.