2019 Annual Report
Message from the Chief
In 2019, I served my second year as Chief of Police for the City of Milwaukee, a city that I’ve called home my entire life.
Growing up in a big city could be difficult. With a combined effort from residents of Milwaukee, system partners and community partners we can make it easier to succeed in the city. We have great people in Milwaukee. This past year, the community of Milwaukee came together in good times and in bad times.
Unfortunately, some of the bad times include the line of duty death of Officer Matthew Rittner. Officer Rittner not only served the City of Milwaukee but also loved and erved this country as a Marine. O fficer Rittner lost his life when he was shot while executing a search warrant. MPD also suffered the loss of Officer Kou Her who was struck by a reckless driver as he was driving home after the end of his shi ft. Officer Rittner and Officer Her, you will never be forgotten.
MPD received an outpouring of support during these hard times from our residents and from communities throughout the nation. I am proud to serve the people of Milwaukee and am determined to continue to work with the residents of Milwaukee, community partners, system partners and other agencies to continue to
reduce crime in our city.
In 2019, we continued to see a reduction in crime, especially n on-fatal shootings and homicides. We also saw a decrease in homicides and non-fatal shootings in the 14 targeted high frequency neighborhoods through increased law enforcement attention, improved community relations and partnerships. We prioritized public engagement by expanding the community prosecution unit, creating park initiatives and increasing faith-based partnerships.
We also started a partnership with Crime Stoppers to provide ind ividuals the opportunity to collaborate with law enforcement on solving crimes and receive a reward. We continued our partnership with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol and municipal departments in our vicinity to address reckless driving through the Reckless Driving Reduction Initiative. We created the Keep MKE’s Streets Safe Initiative to publicize the name, booking photo and arrest information of individuals who risk the lives of others by fleeing from police.
MPD partnered with MKE Urban Stables and broke ground on the ne w stables. The stables will be the new home of our mounted patrol and will be the first center in the n ation to combine mounted patrol horses with community engagement. This partnership will be a unique resource to continue to strengthen relationships with the residents of Milwaukee and continue to bridge the gap between police and our community.
I want to thank all the members of the Milwaukee Police Department for all the hard work and effort to reduce crime. I also want to thank the City of Milwaukee for yo ur support. Working together we can make Milwaukee a safer place to live, work, and raise a family.
Chief of Police
City of Milwaukee
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