Table of Contents
A Message from the Acting Chief of Police
Mission & Vision Statement
Milwaukee's Finest - National Night Out
Office of Community Outreach and Education
Traffic Safety Unit - Reckless Driving
Steering Wheel Locks
First, I would like to take this opportunity to say how proud I am to represent the dedicated men and women of the Milwaukee Police Department as the Acting Police Chief.
As a life long resident of the City of Milwaukee and a public servant, my first priority is to address the impact of violent crime on this community. 2021 has been a challenging year in regards to homicides, non-fatal shootings and fatal crashes. It is imperative to address the violent crime and reckless driving in our city. I will continue to work with community organizations, elected officials and law enforcement partners to combat the increase of crime we are experiencing.
One of the most important steps in addressing crime is community engagement. We continue to work with the community proactively, rather than waiting for an invitation. We understand what community engagement means through meaningful dialogue with community stakeholders, city leaders, business owners, our neighbors, victims of crime and even suspects because this information is what enables us to be efficient and effective.
This summer has been full of exciting events in the City of Milwaukee. We have resumed our festivals, the Milwaukee Bucks became the 2021 NBA Champions and we have started to transition back to in-person learning. As we continue to focus on keeping Milwaukee safe while working together, you have my commitment to hold the members of the Milwaukee Police Department accountable for their actions no matter their rank or status. As Acting Chief, I am held to the same standard as anyone who works for this organization. We all adhere to our mission statement, our core values and our standard operating procedures in order to be trusted in the eyes of the people we serve.
My vision for this department is that every member of this organization works humanly with each other and all members of our community to build sustainable neighborhoods, free of crime, which are built on positive relationships. Working together to establish our goals and fully understanding them allows us to achieve success. This type of interaction, both internally and externally, is built on fairness, being genuine and operating with the utmost integrity, which, in turn, builds trust and openness. I embrace a culture that allows for courageous leaders to evolve on all levels and solidifies a team through truthful dialog while identifying paths to improvement.
In closing, please know I have faith that as a community we can work together to face head on the many challenges we are experiencing. We can combat crime through accountability, fairness, positive open relationships and integrity. Milwaukeeans are a strong, diverse culture that is 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 can continue to have a safe and healthy 2021.
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.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas and select areas celebrate on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.
This video of acting Chief Norman was taken on August 3, 2021, at Milwaukee Police District Three's National Night Out that was held at Jonhsons Park located at 1919 W. Fond Du Lac Avenue.
We had no idea that Acting Chief Norman's dance moves would be such an event! This post made after one of our National Night Out celebrations has reached over 4.6 million people, has had 2.1 million views, 183,000 engagements, 155,000 reactions, 13,861 shares and 3100+ comments!
Thank you to everyone! In addition to our local media, we have seen media stories in Los Angeles, Tampa Bay, and Chicago, and have received supportive comments from as far away as Australia! We feel blessed to have the support of so many!
Wheels and Water Event
District One had a great time at Wheels and Water event, hosted by Discovery World! This free, family friendly event gives participants the ability to see the incredible machines our city needs to thrive and meet the teams that operate them.
District Two continues Neighborhood Walks with Captain Salazar. Recently, Captain Salazar returned to Clarke Square Neighborhood, the Burnham Park Neighborhood and the Layton Blvd Neighborhood to meet with residents and discuss ways to improve the quality of life in the area. Thank you to everyone who participated and in being part of the solution. If you are interested in having a walk in your neighborhood please give District Two a call at 935-7228.
Milwaukee Police District Officers partner with Empower MKE at Cuttin Up Crew for a beauty shop talk. The goal of the program is to offer young adults an alternative to entering the criminal justice system and becoming repeat offenders. The focus is on behavioral change, accountability, setting goals and obtaining those goals.
Brats for Your Thoughts
Near West Side Partners held a "Brats for Your Thoughts" event and gave away free brats! MPD District Three Officers appreciated the invite to participate. Community partnerships like these help to keep MKE strong.
District Four encompasses 28.8 square miles with a population of approximately 94,000 residents. The largest district in Milwaukee by area, District Four lies in the northwest corner of the city. Larger residential lots make up spacious subdivisions. Business, industrial and commercial parks line the perimeters. An abundance of greenspace fills the district. District Four is the farthest district from downtown, yet, with its hard-working culture is just as much Milwaukee as a cream city brick.
The District Four Police Station is located at: 6929 W Silver Spring Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53218
Safe Summer Kick Off
Even the rain couldn't stop District Four's Faith Based Group and their community partners form putting on the Safe Summer Kick-off. This yearly event is held in our Millwood neighborhood and brings the community out for food, entertainment and resources.
District Four participated in multiple neighborhood walks this Summer! The participants included: Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Captain Eric Pfeiffer, Representatives from Havenswoods Development, Villa Rohr Block Watch, Winfield Avenue Block Watch, Probation, Department of Public Works, Department of Neighborhood Services, Department of Corrections, and the District Attorney's office. All these agencies and community partners are working together to help keep Milwaukee safe and strong .
Getting Drugs and Guns off the Streets
On June 30, 2021, members of the District 4 Anti-Gang unit conducted a stop of a vehicle of a known wanted felony suspect in the 5800 block of W. Silver Spring Drive. Recovered from the vehicle were two firearms and over 375 grams of marijuana. As a result the suspect is facing numerous felony charges.
Report illegal drug activity in your neighborhood by calling your District or Milwaukee Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS utilizing the P3 Tips app.
Bronzeville Week Presents - 7th Annual Sleepover for Education
District Seven enjoyed helping make sure Milwaukee classrooms and students are outfitted with the tools they need to learn. Donations of school supplies were accepted throughout the week, and all supplies were distributed to Milwaukee Public Schools students in need. Donation drop-off locations included Pete's Fruit Market and the Milwaukee Police Department District 5 station.
Officers from District Five played basketball with the young men from Northcott Neighborhood House. It was a great experience for the officers and youth to interact, talk and play a great game of basketball. The game ended in a tie 62 to 62, after 4 full quarters of play. Looking forward to the next game!
Officers from District 5 took part in the 414 Trust Kickball Tournament with the We Care Crew and multiple community groups and Departments!
Trust is a key component to policing. In addition, it is needed in order for communities to feel safe. It’s a two way street and like any healthy relationship, it requires work and participation from all ends. Kickball for trust will bring inner city youth and county-wide law enforcement agencies together with an opportunity to engage in sports. During this engagement, youth and law enforcement will form a bond through, competition, friendship and sportsmanship.
District Six continues to work with our community partners to participate in multiple events and projects which benefit the community. Some of the events this summer included: Puerto Rican Fest, National Night Out, Feed the Kids, Back to School Events, Coffee for Champions, Stories in the Garden and Bike Safety, Kick Ball Tourney and Family Fun Nights.
Thank you again to all our community partners, you are making a difference!
Church Teams up with Police to Reach out to Victims of Violence
District Seven teamed up with a Milwaukee church to pray for victims of violence. They went door-to-door, reaching out to those who have lived through violence.
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Utilizes community partnerships, organizational transformation and problem solving to proactively address, solve and mitigate crime and disorder.
Through collaborative community partnerships, public safety and community members including business organizations and community stakeholders develop solutions to issues impacting the community and build trust.
The trust is supported by an alignment of organizational management, structure, personnel, and information systems to support proactive problem solving and community partnerships.
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. HVE combines highly visible and proactive law enforcement targeting. TSU efforts will be a combined approach with visibility elements and a publicity strategy to educate the public and promote voluntary compliance with traffic laws.
The Next Citizen Academy is September 21, 2021
The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) Citizen Academy provides our citizens with an in-depth look at our department and the training our officers receive. The MPD Citizen Academy is committed to the improvement of the quality of life by developing, enabling and nurturing positive communication, mutual understanding and support between the police department and the citizens of Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Police Department is happy to say no one was injured in this collision! Julie wrote in with gratitude and kind words.
Thank you to Ofc. Kowalik and Ofc. Cabral for your empathy and professionalism and for continuing to serve and protect the Milwaukee community. Milwaukee's finest helping to keep Milwaukee Safe!
Hello, I was in a car accident Friday afternoon. I just want to send a thank you to P.O. Kowalik. It was my first car accident I was in. He kept me calm and reassured while I forgot how to properly breathe. He also never complained once that I kept having him repeat things he had told me to make sure I understood what he was saying in my panicked state. He even managed to get me to laugh at moments to distract me from what was going on. Thankfully there were no injuries in the accident, of which left both P.O. Kowalik and his partner P.O. Cabral confused as to how it all happened. In an often tragically underappreciated profession, P.O. Kowalik is a prime example of the kindness and helpfulness there is in this world. Being an officer is far from easy, and I have so much respect for their strength and bravery. I will never be able to repay him and giving my thanks doesn’t seem like enough. Giving thanks to any officer will never seem to be enough. They deserve so much more than what they are given. I would be very appreciative if my message would be passed on. Thank you and stay safe. 🖤💙🖤 - Julie