2020 Annual Report
Message from the Chief
In 2020, I was appointed as the Acting Chief of Police for the City of Milwaukee. 2020 will also be the year that I retire from the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD). When I started my law enforcement career in 1995, it was impossible to foresee all of the different, rewarding and challenging assignments I would achieve. I have learned countless lessons that will help guide me through the next chapter in my life.
Unfortunately, 2020 was like no other for MPD, the City of Milwaukee and the world. The whole world was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. MPD worked diligently to provide personal protection equipment and testing for our members. These measures allowed us to continue our mission to protect the community and keep it safe. Despite the risk of contracting COVID-19, the members of MPD continued to serve the City of Milwaukee with professionalism and dedication. Many citizens have the opportunity to work from home; first responders do not. Our members are resilient and dedicated to the oath they swore to uphold. For this, I am humbled and grateful. I want to also send a very special thanks to everyone who donated personal protective equipment and sanitizing supplies to help keep our members safe during COVID-19. Your continued support for the MPD is really appreciated.
In 2020, MPD suffered the loss of a beloved employees, Emergency Communications Operator, Deborah Harris and Community Service Officer, Naeem Sarosh. We also observed an increase in senseless road rage incidents and an increase in violent crime.
Additional tragedies such as the Molson Coors Brewing Company incident and the quintuple homicide that occurred on the 2800 block of N. 12th Street also impacted the city of Milwaukee. Our continued condolences go out to all that were affected by these tragic incidents.
We also experienced protests and renewed demands for police reform in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd that occurred in Minnesota. MPD will always respect the right for people to peacefully protest and will continue to listen and work with our community, elected officials and community leaders.
This past year, MPD embarked on a new collaboration with federal, state and local agencies to address violent crime, drug dealing and illegal use of firearms. MPD also implemented the Reckless Driving Reduction Initiative in collaboration with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol to combat reckless driving. Milwaukee is a strong city with a rich sense of culture and pride. We will get through these challenging times; however, we need to continue to work together in order to keep our city safe.
It has been an honor and privilege to serve and protect the City of Milwaukee. I send my sincere thanks to the community for your trust. Raising my right hand as I was sworn in 25 years ago is one of the proudest moments in my life. MPD is a large, diverse law enforcement agency that I am confident will continue to improve as the next Chief of Police takes over. I am honored to have worked alongside some of the finest in this profession. I wish you all the best. MPD is committed to working and engaging with our community to ensure that all of our neighborhoods are safe, vibrant and livable.
Michael J. Brunson
Acting Chief of Police
City of Milwaukee
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