Table of Contents
A message from the Acting Chief of Police
Mission & Vision Statement
Milwaukee Breaks a Record
October Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Gone but Never Forgotten
Milwaukee's Finest - Inspector Willie O. Murphy
Welcome to the fall edition of the Guardians. As many of you know, the Milwaukee Police Department will have a new Chief of Police soon and, therefore, this is one of my last correspondences. I would like to first say, it has been an honor and privilege to serve and protect the City of Milwaukee and my sincere thanks goes out to the community for your trust given during this challenging time.
The Fall of 2020 had some very difficult realities from COVID-19, the tragic loss of Community Service Officer, Naeem Sarosh, the increase in senseless road rage incidents and the record homicide rate. In addition, budget cuts have reduced our sworn strength by an additional 120 police officers, after a reduction of 60 police officers last year. It has not been an easy year for many. Milwaukee Police Department's mission continues to be to protect and serve with transparency.
With the holiday season upon us, I would like to remind everyone to stay vigilant, stay healthy and stay safe. Milwaukee is a strong city with a rich sense of culture and pride. We will get through this pandemic; however, we need to continue to work together in order to keep our city safe. I ask everyone to slow down, drive safely and think about your actions prior to responding. Do not respond out of anger. Instead take a deep breath and really think about the repercussions of your decisions. We have lost way far too many lives this year and the only way that will stop is if “we” as Milwaukeeans vow to make a change.
When I started my law enforcement career, it was impossible to foresee all of the different, rewarding, and challenging assignments I would achieve. From beginning as a Police Officer in 1995 to becoming the Acting Chief of Police in 2020, I have learned countless lessons that will help guide me through the next chapter in my life. In this edition of the Guardians, you will find stories, pictures and videos of Milwaukee Police working with the community. The community engagement our officers take pride in is one of the most important aspects of their job. The impact is apparent and needed during this difficult time. We truly are in this together.
As my career with the Milwaukee Police Department comes to an end, it was an honor to help protect Milwaukee families, homes and businesses. Raising my right hand as I was sworn in 25 years ago is one of the proudest moments in my life. The Milwaukee Police Department 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 best in this profession. I wish you all the best.
Acting Chief of Police, Michael J. Brunson
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.
Along with the rest of city, the District One community team is learning to adapt. Meetings and presentations are being held virtually online so we can continue to provide information to citizens. As we all adapt and the holidays approach the community keeps the spirit alive.
Recently, friends and family of the "University Club" have also adapted to the times. The annual "This Party Sock" event is in it's sixth year. The group gathers to collect brand new socks for men, women, and children that will be donated to local homeless shelters. This year to work around restrictions and keep everyone safe, guests were allowed to drive up and drop off new socks. Over 2400 new pair of socks were collected and the District One Officers helped pick up and distribute the socks to The Guest House and Milwaukee Cathedral Center on behalf of this gracious group.
Block Build MKE2020 - Revitalize Milwaukee
Crime and Safety meeting hosted by Christ-St. Peter Lutheran School
Night Community Walk with Safe and Sound and Alderman Perez
Outside Crime and Safety meeting hosted by KK River Neighbors In Action
Clean up with La Comunidad MKE
Captain Salazar hosted a Meet and Greet with Mujeres Con Poder, a local south-side organization
Knights of Columbus delivered coats, hats, and scarfs for the January 3 Kings event
Steve, the owner of Wisconsin Knitwear, Inc, dropped of a box of winter hats for officers to give out to the community
Buying or selling an item online?
Please consider using District 4 located at 6929 W. Silver Spring Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53218 or District 2 located at 245 W. Lincoln Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53207 as your new Online Purchase Safe Zone. Due to the uptick in crimes relating to online purchases, we now have this safe area for you to meet. Please tell your family and friends about the SAFE ZONE.
When a neighborhood within the district expressed their concerns from crime and nuisance properties, District 7 Captain Jeffrey Sunn, Sergeant Eileen Ross, Community Liaison Officers and representatives from the city participated in a neighborhood walk with Alderman Khalif Rainey, Safe and Sound Coordinator Rebecca Wayman. This facilitated an open dialog with residents regarding their neighborhood to address any concerns they currently had.
Inspector Murphy began his career with the Milwaukee Police Department in 1996 and upon graduating from the police academy, he was assigned to District 2. Several years later, he would became a field training officer and he said that this is what led to his desire to serve in continually increased level of responsibilities in the department by way of the supervisory ranks. As such, he then promoted in 2002 to police sergeant. In that role, he served in a variety of street and administrative capacities throughout the department; including Districts 1 and 3, the Internal Affairs Division, the Technical Communications Division and the Court Administration Section. Having gained nearly 14 years of supervisory experience in the police sergeant rank, in 2016 he promoted to police lieutenant where he served as a shift commander in District 4 and District 5. In 2018, he promoted to captain of police and served as the commanding officer of District 7. In August of 2020, as he neared the start of his 25th year with the Milwaukee Police Department, he was promoted to inspector of police where he currently serves the patrol bureau.
In 2020, there were 2034 reports of reckless vehicles. This is down 20% from the 2549 reported in 2019.
Arrests for reckless driving dropped 8% from 2019 (568) to 2020 (521).
Reckless Driving Citations issued in 2020 (3558) were 17% less than 2019 (4273)
Reckless Driving with Speeding saw a 19% increase from 2019 (12,595) to 2020 (14,945)
Fatal Crashes are up by 59%. In 2020 there were 70 compared to 44 in 2019.
Avoid offending other drivers - Some things that commonly provoke drivers to commit acts of violence include:
Being cut off by other vehicles
Drivers who do not signal their turns or lane changes
Driving behind a slow-moving vehicle in the fast lane of traffic
Drivers who do not pay attention because of cell phone use, looking for an address, applying makeup or being overcautious
Drivers stopping in a traffic lane to pick-up or drop-off passengers
Motorcyclists splitting traffic
Improper use of hi-beam headlights
Inconsiderate municipal bus and taxicab drivers, and being the object of obscene gestures
Do not engage other drivers
Keep your anger in check - When someone is upset or under stress, sometimes all it takes is something trivial to set a person on a course to road rage. These things might include excessive vehicle horn noise, someone taking too long to move at a green light or loud music from another vehicle. But none of these minor annoyances is worth putting you or others at risk.
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