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The Guardians The Official Milwaukee Police Department Newsletter Summer 2021 Edition

The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) invites our community to read the newsletter as an effort to increase transparency, accountability, and connect with the community, The Guardians is available for the public to read quarterly.

The Guardians is an interactive online newsletter that features crime statistics, exclusive stories and will highlight some of the great work done by the members of our agency, as well as the members of our community. This newsletter contains new and exclusive community stories along with information previously released by MPD’s Public Relations Office.

The purpose of The Guardians is to highlight information that has impacted our city and to share it with our residents so that everyone can stay informed.

Table of Contents

A Message from the Acting Chief of Police

Mission & Vision Statement

Core Values

Milwaukee's Finest - National Night Out

District Updates

Office of Community Outreach and Education

Community Transparency

Traffic Safety Unit - Reckless Driving

Steering Wheel Locks

Milwaukee Bucks

Citizen's Academy

Kudos

A Message from

the Acting Chief of Police

Jeffrey B. Norman

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.

Greetings Milwaukeeans,

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.

Thank you,

Jeffrey Norman, Acting Chief of Police

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

In collaboration with the community, we endeavor to reduce crime and disorder through intelligence-led and problem-oriented policing.

Core Values

COMPETENCE

We are prudent stewards of the public’s grant of authority and resources. We are accountable for the quality of our performance and the standards of our conduct. We are exemplary leaders and exemplary followers.

COURAGE

We place the safety of others before our own and accept our moral responsibility to take action against injustice and wrongdoing. Police members are expected to take prudent risks on behalf of the public.

INTEGRITY

We recognize the complexity of police work and exercise discretion in ways that are beyond reproach and worthy of public trust. Honesty and truthfulness are fundamental elements of integrity. It is our duty to earn public trust through consistent words and actions. We are honest in word and deed.

LEADERSHIP

We seek to influence human behavior to achieve organizational goals that serve the public while developing individuals, teams and the organization for future service. We accept our responsibility to be leaders, both within the community and among our peers, and for the actions of our colleagues and ourselves. We are all responsible for the performance, reputation and morale of the department.

RESPECT

We hold life in the highest regard. We treat all citizens and colleagues with dignity and respect, and are fair and impartial as we perform our duties.

RESTRAINT

We use the minimum force and authority necessary to accomplish a proper police purpose. We demonstrate self-discipline, even when no one is listening or watching.

Milwaukee's Finest

National Night Out

Together, we are making communities safer, more caring places to live.

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!

District One is home to Downtown Milwaukee, UW-Milwaukee, the trendy East-side and the central business district. It’s home to 45,000 people and everything from skyscrapers to brownstones to refurbished warehouses.

Today, District One has a wide variety of differing population groups and neighborhoods as well as many businesses. Downtown is home to; large corporations, office buildings, restaurants, hotels and exciting night life and dining. Water Street and Old World Third Street are among the entertainment areas of downtown. District One is also home to University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM), and the restaurants and shops and of E. North Avenue, Brady Street and Farwell Avenue.

Attractions include; Summerfest, the Performing Arts Center, Public and Art Museums and Discovery World, as well as many theaters and music venues. Jazz In The Park, River Rhythms, Farmers Markets, Parades, Air and Water Shows, Fireworks Displays, and Street Festivals, along with many more events that are held in District One.

The District One Police Station is located on the second floor of the Police Administration Building located at 749 W. State Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233.

Above and Beyond

District One Community Service Officer King took a theft report of a bicycle and then bought a new bicycle for the community member. Thank you for your kind gesture and for going above and beyond CSO King!

MPD District One had a fantastic time with the citizens of Mariners Neighborhood Association MKE! Thank you for hosting your first ever #NationalNightOut2021.

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 is located on the near south side of Milwaukee. District Two comprises a 7.2 square mile area with a district population in excess of 87,000 residents.

A primarily Polish neighborhood during the early 20th Century, District Two transitioned to a Latino population during the 21st Century and is now home to a rich mix of cultures and a population of over 87,000 people.

With a strong community focus, the district hosts many events and open houses to improve relations. Home to attractions like The Basilica of St. Josephat, Mitchell Park Domes and the burgeoning Walker’s Point neighborhood, it has become an entertainment destination. The district boasts an incredibly diverse population including a rich immigrant history as well as Hispanic and Latino populations as well as an active LGBTQ community.

The District Two Police Station is located at: 245 W. Lincoln Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53207

Cops & Bobbers

Officers from District Two had a blast at Cops & Bobbers event! A huge thank you goes out to Bob Kraemer and the Cops and Kids Foundation for inviting us. We enjoyed spending the day with the awesome kids from the Don & Sallie Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Neighborhood Walks with Captain Salazar

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.

District Two wants to thank all the sponsors and organizations who supported our National Night Out event. It was a huge success because of all of you. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication District Two committee members, Araceli from Safe & Sound, Inc., Travis from Southside Organizing Center, Riley and Damon from the Milwaukee County Parks, Deputy Kris Rodriguez from Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, Mujeres Con Poder de Transformacion Social , and Paul and Barbara from the Optimist Club of Milwaukee.

District Three is located on the west side of Milwaukee and comprises an 11.8 square mile area with a district population in excess of 100,000 residents.

Encompassing the major thoroughfare of Wisconsin Avenue and home to Marquette University, Miller Brewery, Harley Davidson Museum, Potawatomi Casino, American Family Park, Pettit National Ice Center and the Milwaukee County Zoo, District Three with increased focus and communication, has seen rapid revitalization in the form of capital investment, the establishment of retail districts and boosted tourism efforts, making it an up-and-coming area within Milwaukee.

District Three’s neighborhoods are known for its renowned businesses and attractions such as the Pabst Mansion, Master Lock, Palermos Pizza, Wood National Cemetery, Hmong Friendship and many more businesses, hospitals and educational facilities.

The District Three Police Station is located at: 2333 N 49th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53210

Beauty Shop Talk

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 Three thanks all of you for coming to our National Night Out event today. It was a blast. We can't wait to see you all next year.

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.

Neighborhood Walks

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.

#BePartOfTheSolution

Thank you to everyone that came out to District Four's National Night Out. We had an amazing crowd, great food and perfect weather. Here is a peak at some of the fun.

Buying or Selling an Item Online?

Please consider using one of our Online Purchase SAFE ZONES located at all MPD Districts. 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.

District Five is comprised of a 7.7 square mile area with a district population of nearly 68,000 residents.

This area of the city is home to diverse and vibrant neighborhoods as well as some of Milwaukee’s most prominent historical buildings. In the south of the district lies the young, hip Riverwest area and the Brewers Hill neighborhood with its array of historic architecture. To the north, lie the Arlington Heights neighborhood and Harambee, a name derived from the Swahili word for “Pulling Together.” Through their strong churches and community centers who partner with MPD, that’s exactly what they do, pull together to give hope for the future.

District five boasts both old homes and new developments. But the North-side’s most valuable asset is a solid core of community-minded people. Residents who work hard to make their neighborhood a better place to live. Large corporations employing over 16,000 people, including American Motors and AO Smith, closed their doors leaving a challenging environment for residents. Business districts were created in these former areas, which include Century City and Riverworks and are revitalizing the neighborhoods of District Five and creating additional employment.

The Bronzeville area is being rejuvenated with events like Bronzeville Days and new businesses including Pete’s Fruit Market and Gee’s Clippers. District Five is also the host to the longest running Juneteenth Day Festival in the nation.

The District Five Police Station is located at 2920 N. 4th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212

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!

Kickball Tournament

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 Five had a blast at National Night Out! Thank you to everyone who helped make it a wonderful experience for everyone!

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.

This far South Side district also has a growing Latino population, in addition to the traditional Polish ethnicity that originally inhabited the district starting in the 1890s. The district is home to a large and diverse population as well as some of Milwaukee’s most iconic attractions including Leon’s Frozen Custard, South Shore Yacht Club, South Shore Beach, Chill on the Hill and Humboldt Park.

The District Six Police Station is located at 3006 S. 27th Street, Milwaukee, WI

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!

Thank you to the District 6 Community who came out and spent time with us. We had such a great time at National Night Out.

District Seven comprises a 13.32 square mile area with a district population in excess of 102,000 residents, making it a city to itself.

Originally, it was home to Milwaukee’s first business owners during the 1920s and 1930s, when the area represented the furthest part of the city. Later, it was the heart of the Jewish community. Now, District Seven features a large, diverse population. With its tree-lined streets, an accessible location to downtown and many affordable homes, including several architecturally unique buildings, it’s obvious why District Seven has become so popular.

On the eastern end of the district is a portion of the Century City industrial complex. The Westside of the district features parks like Kahl Park, Sherman Park, Dineen Park, Kops Park, Cooper Park, Nash Park and Lindsay Park. It’s also home to many distinct and vibrant neighborhoods such as Sherman Park, Grasslyn Manor, Enderis Park and the area around Mt. Mary University.

The District Seven Police Station is located at 3626 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., Milwaukee, WI

This Summer has been filled with many different community events in District Seven! From National Night Out to Community Clean-ups, District Seven has been engaged with the community and is thankful to community partners like Safe & Sound, Inc. and the Salvation Army for their continued support.

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.

See the whole story by clicking here.

District 7's National Night Out was an absolute blast!!! Thank you to all who came out!!!

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.

Community Transparency

The Milwaukee Police Department values transparency; therefore, we provide an interactive database to enable the public to access crime statistics for the City of Milwaukee. Below is a link to the current crime statistics. No matter what area of the city we serve, we guard and protect each community equally. We’re not waiting for change to happen. We are engaged in the community and active in every single Milwaukee neighborhood.

HOMICIDES AND NON FATAL SHOOTINGS HIT RECORD HIGHS

2018 - 2021

HOMICIDES

2018 - 92

2019 - 97

2020 - 190

Jan 1 - September 13, 2021 - 129 (127 in 2020)

NON - FATAL SHOOTINGS

2018 - 437

2019 - 452

2020 - 764

Jan 1 - September 13, 2021 - 631 (481 in 2020)

A quiet night near Midtown Center was interrupted by a seemingly never-ending burst of gunfire earlier this year. From the incident, Milwaukee Police collected a literal pile of evidence, 314 bullet casings. The I-Team learned from those 314 casings, police were able to determine 51 different guns were used. They were also able to tie 17 of those casings to other shootings across the city. - TMJ4 News July 27,2021

Milwaukee Police Department Implements TSU!

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.

MPD Partners with Hyundai and Kia to address Auto Thefts

Beginning in November 2020, the City of Milwaukee began to experience a significant uptick in auto thefts. The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) identified that the thieves were disproportionately targeting Hyundai and KIA vehicles that were not equipped with an engine immobilizer. MPD immediately made several public announcements informing our community of this trend and provided information on preventative measures. MPD has provided hundreds of free steering wheel locks to members of our community on several occasions. The steering wheel locks were available thanks to the generosity and monetary donations of several community partners.

MPD has also partnered directly with Hyundai and Kia regarding the increase of stolen vehicles related to their brands. Both Hyundai and Kia have been very receptive and immediately began working on a solution. MPD appreciates their responsiveness and commitment to addressing the auto thefts plaguing our community. We are pleased to announce that Hyundai and Kia have provided steering wheel locks for MPD to distribute to Hyundai and Kia owners of specific vehicle models that require a physical shank-style key and do not have an engine immobilizer.

“Hyundai is concerned with the rise in local auto thefts of our vehicles. We are working closely with the Milwaukee Police Department to support its distribution of anti-theft steering wheel locks to owners of certain Hyundai vehicles. Hyundai customers that have any questions can contact the Hyundai Consumer Assistance Center at (800) 633-5151,” said Hyundai.

“Kia is supporting the Milwaukee Police Department in combatting the rise in thefts of vehicles that are not fitted with an engine immobilizer. To provide increased deterrence, Kia is supplying the city with steering locks to distribute to owners of Kia vehicles that do not feature an immobilizer through the end of 2021. These vehicles come with a traditional key and are started by turning the key in the lock. Further to this, all Kia models from 2022 model year will be fitted as standard with an engine immobilizer. Kia customers with questions should contact the Kia helpline at (800) 333-4542,” said Kia.

The steering wheel locks are available for individuals who live, work and go to school in the City of Milwaukee. They can be picked up at any of the seven Milwaukee Police Department District Stations. Individuals may be asked for proof of ownership. The steering wheel locks will be available through the end of the year.

If you have any information regarding individuals involved in vehicle theft, please contact the Milwaukee Police Department at (414) 935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS or P3 Tips App to remain anonymous.

Don Black talks to Sgt. Efrain Cornejo of the Milwaukee Police Department about how you can prevent your car from being stolen.

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.

KUDOS

Hello, a great officer supported my kids selling goodies and lemonade yesterday. They where very excited that an officer stopped by. It made them so happy.

Thank you - Alexandria

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

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