Table of Contents
A Message from the Acting Chief of Police
Mission & Vision Statement
Milwaukee's Finest - Milwaukee Police Mounted Patrol Unit
Office of Community Outreach and Education
Traffic Safety Unit - Reckless Driving
Steering Wheel Locks
National Police Week
As Milwaukee opens back up after the pandemic, it reminds me of the blooms of Spring. Spring time is one of the most beautiful times in Wisconsin. From the landscape to the festivals, Milwaukee comes to life.
As a lifelong resident of the City of Milwaukee and a public servant, my first priority is to address the impact of violent crime and dangerous driving on our community. 2020 was a challenging year and many of the alarming crime trends we saw last year have continued into this year. It is imperative that violent crime and reckless driving are the focus in 2021. This is why the Milwaukee Police Department launched the Traffic Safety Unit (TSU) in March of 2021.
TSU utilizes High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) as a universal traffic safety approach designed to create deterrence and change unlawful traffic behaviors. HVE combines highly visible and proactive law enforcement targeting. TSU efforts are a combined approach with visibility elements and a publicity strategy to educate the public and promote voluntary compliance with traffic laws. Through our new website, MPDTSU.org, we ask the community to be a part of the solution and report reckless driving locations directly to our analysts so we can better tailor our deployment based on your needs.
As MPD continues to work with community organizations, elected officials and law enforcement partners to combat the increase of crime we are experiencing, we understand one of the most important steps is community engagement. We are committed to working with the community proactively and welcome meaningful dialogue. We pledge to cultivate new and existing relationships with community stakeholders, city leaders, business owners, residents and the victims of crime to better serve and protect everyone. Crime prevention is a team effort.
As I continue in my role as Acting Chief of Police, I have faith that as a community we will work together to face the many challenges we have experienced over the past year. We can combat crime through accountability, fairness, integrity and positive partnerships. Milwaukeeans are a strong, diverse culture. We are not afraid to have tough conversations, work hard and stand up for a safe and inclusive city where all can live, work and succeed. Together we will build an even better Milwaukee. I hope you enjoy our Spring newsletter.
A safe and inclusive Milwaukee where all can live, work and raise a family protected by a police department with the highest level of integrity.
In collaboration with the community, we endeavor to reduce crime and disorder through intelligence-led and problem-oriented policing.
Milwaukee Police Mounted Patrol
In 1929, the Milwaukee Police Department purchased 4 horses from the United States Calvary in Fort Riley. The horses were inspected by a veterinarian and shipped to Milwaukee. The US Calvary donated all of the saddles and everything needed to get started. Once the horses arrived they were assigned to the Traffic Division and stood at major intersections in Downtown. The unit operated until 1948, when following national trends, the horses were replaced by motorized patrols.
In 1996 there was a request to have a horse join the Circus Parade to celebrate the history of the unit. As a result of joining the parade the Milwaukee Police Department was increasingly asked to have horses appear. This was the beginning of the unit as a part time specialty unit.
The full time unit was established in 1999 and consisted of 6 officers, 6 horses, and one Sergeant. This unit was stabled with the Shamrock Coach and Carriage facility in Walkers Point.
Currently, the unit is deployed for special events with anticipated large crowds, daily patrols in the Third Ward and Downtown, and crowd management.
Sgt. Logan Jeffery & Bleu
Sgt. Jeffery took over leading the Mounted Patrol Unit from long time Sgt. Fred Tice in 2018.
Bleu - Full Percheron - Brown in color. Born in 2010, 17.3 hands and weighs 1,740 lbs. Joined the unit in July and she is a great horse. Bleu was used to provide lessons to beginner children riders prior to joining the unit.
Officer Esteban Arreguin & Charlie
Officer Arreguin joined MPD in 2005 and the Mounted Patrol Unit in 2017.
Charlie - Percheron Cross - Bay in color. Born in 2010, 16.2 hands and weighs 1,700 lbs. Joined the unit in 2017. Charlie had a hard time acclimating to the herd, but now is a very easy going horse.
Officer Aja Chirpke & Jill
Officer Chirpke joined MPD in 2009 and the Mounted Patrol Unit in 2017.
Jill - Percheron Cross with Quarter Horse-Brown in color. Born in 2001, 16.1 hands and weighs 1,700 lbs. Joined the unit in 2005. Jill is a very sweet and stable horse who is often found right next to Prince.
Paint the City Teal Day, an event created by Samantha Collier in 2015 as part of Sexual Assault Awareness month (April). Paint the City Teal Day is celebrated by wearing teal and decorating spaces in teal to show support for survivors, to spread awareness and educate the community on ways to prevent sexual violence.
Sexual Assualt Awareness Month (#SAAM)
Painting the City Teal Day
Denim Day, April 28, 2021, grew out of a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans.
In a statement by the Chief Judge, he argued, “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” Enraged by the verdict, within a matter of hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call to action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly to do the same. People all over the world were outraged, and wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes and myths surrounding sexual assault.
District three, received an email about two of their Officers who went above and beyond
"I happen to run into this situation on the day before Mothers Day (May 8th)! Two District 3 Officers, Officer Sweeney and Officer Toms helped this mom and her sons who were in need of food by taking them grocery shopping! It was amazing, seeing the two cops actually helping the boys out in their selections of frozen pizza, lunch meat, eggs, cereal and other grocery items! The Officers did NOT want to make a fuss or have a photo taken, but the residents of the community who were shopping at Save-A-lot store insisted they take a photo! Two thumbs up to Officer Sweeney, Officer Toms and MPD! We need to report the GOOD stuff the cops are doing too! Thank you, bro.Troy"
Keep up the great work guys!
Community Liaison Officers Sanders and Officer Williams worked with community partners, Near West Side Partners and Safe & Sound Inc. to organize and conduct a neighborhood clean-up. They removed trash and debris in the area of W. Lisbon Ave. to W. Wisconsin Ave. from N. 24th St. to N. 40th St. Community partnerships help to keep Milwaukee strong.
Getting Drugs and Guns off the Streets
District Four officers continue to work hard to keep our community safe. Officers conducted a search warrant in the Silver Spring neighborhood regarding an ongoing illegal narcotics and firearms investigation. The warrant resulted in the seizure of almost 500 grams of cocaine, cash, scales, money counter, video surveillance equipment, ammunition, and a silver handgun. Neighbors were aware of the drug dealing from the home and were appreciative that it was shut down.
Report illegal drug activity in your neighborhood by calling your District or Milwaukee Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS utilizing the P3 Tips app. call (414)935-7248 or Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS or P3 Tips App.
Ephesians Missionary Baptist Church Bless-N-Go Food Box Giveaway
The most populous district with over 114,000 people, District Six includes Mitchell International Airport and the Polonia neighborhood. Here, you’ll find two-story wood-frame homes, classic bungalows, corner taverns and many remnants of Milwaukee’s past.
Special thanks to Historic Hwy 41 aka South 27th Street for the amazing updates to our bus shelters.
72nd Annual Crime Prevention Awards - Outstanding Community Liaison Officers
Congratulations to District 6 Community Liaison Officers Michael Ward and Fabian Garcia for receiving the Outstanding Community Liaison Officer Award from Safe & Sound, Inc.
“Our Polonia Neighborhood has been blessed with the amount of time and effort these 2 CLO's provide our residents. They helped us on numerous occasions, delivered meals to residents during quarantine and they also purchased and served dinner to our youth at the center. I appreciate the way they both engage our youth.” – Polonia Resident
“Officer Ward and Officer Garcia are AMAZING. They are always willing to help our neighborhood and the youth within. The pandemic may have stopped the world but these guys never stopped serving our community from clean-ups to virtual crime and safety meetings.” – Polonia Resident
“We have been blessed with the amount of time and effort these 2 CLO's provide our residents. They overall are GREAT people, Officers and our kids & families love them so.” – Polonia Resident
District 7 Officer Helps Clean Up Sherman Park
A Milwaukee woman at her wit's end when it comes to litter in Sherman Park took matters into her own hands instead of waiting for the city to do something about it. Little did she know, Police Officer Lofland would join her.
From Community Walks to Crime and Safety meetings, to Community Clean-up events, District 7 is out trying to make Milwaukee cleaner and safer. Thank you Alderman Hamilton, Department of Natural Resources (DNS), Department of Public Works (DPW), and Safe & Sound, Inc.
The Milwaukee Police Citizen Academy is a five-week program designed to provide citizens with a working knowledge of the Milwaukee Police Department. It consists of a series of classes held once a week for three hours. The instruction includes classroom academics and practical applications in law, police procedure, defense and arrest tactics, firearms training, and state of art technology used to combat crime. Tours of various police facilities and demonstrations of equipment are also conducted. Attendees may participate in a ride-along with officers.
This program provides citizens an opportunity to ask questions about police services and to express their concerns about quality of life issues. Upon conclusion, citizens completing 80% of the course participate in a graduation ceremony.
Traffic Safety Unit (TSU)
To reduce the amount of reckless driving, speeding and vehicular crashes from occurring in the City of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Police Department has a created a new unit called the Traffic Safety Unit (TSU).
The Milwaukee Police Department Traffic Safety Unit (TSU) utilizes High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) as a universal traffic safety approach designed to create deterrence and change unlawful traffic behaviors when it comes to Reckless Driving.
“The goal of the Traffic Safety Unit is to make the roads in the City of Milwaukee safer to travel on by targeting motorists that are engaged in reckless driving. I am asking for collaboration from the members of our community to be part of the solution by reporting reckless driving directly to the Traffic Safety Unit website. The Milwaukee Police Department is committed to working with our community and system partners to continue to build sustainable neighborhoods free of crime that are built on positive relationships,” - Acting Chief Jeffrey Norman.
MPDTSU wants Community Input!
We all play an important role to ending reckless driving; therefore, we are asking that our residents and community partners discuss the dangers of reckless driving with their peers and acquaintances to discourage them from engaging in this type of activity in our city. MPD is committed to collaborating with community and system partners to combat reckless driving together. Law enforcement cannot combat this issue alone.
Report locations where you are seeing reckless driving by clicking on the link below. This will go directly to the TSU unit and they will use it to help determine the areas needing high visibility enforcement.
Beginning in November 2020, the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) noticed a significant uptick in auto thefts. We identified that the most frequently targeted vehicles were Hyundai and KIA vehicles. We immediately made several public announcements informing our community of this trend and provided information on preventative measures.
MPD was also able to provide free steering wheel locks to numerous members of our community on several occasions. The steering wheel locks were purchased thanks to the generosity and monetary donations of several community partners which included the Milwaukee Police Foundation, Interstate Parking, Anti-Vehicle Crime Association of Wisconsin (AVCAW) and O’Reilly Auto Parts.
National Police Week
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation's Capital each year.
The National Peace Officers Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)