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Edward A. Flynn

Edward A. Flynn is the police chief of the Milwaukee Police Department.

Official City Biography

Edward A. Flynn was appointed police chief in the Milwaukee Police Department in January 2008. In January 2012, he was appointed to a second term. He commands an agency of 2,000 sworn officers and 700 civilians serving a city of over 600,000 residents.

He was police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts from 2006 to 2008. As the police chief executive he was responsible for 470 officers and 100 civilians serving a city of 155,000 residents.

Flynn served as Secretary of Public Safety under Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney from January 2003 until taking command in Springfield. He was responsible for a secretariat employing 10,000 that included the Massachusetts State Police, the Department of Correction, the National Guard, the Department of Fire Services, the Parole Board, and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. He also served as the chief adviser to the Governor on homeland security.

Prior to his appointment as Secretary of Public Safety, he served for five years as the Chief of Police in Arlington, Virginia. He commanded a 360-officer department serving 190,000 residents. In this capacity he was instrumental in the recovery effort at the Pentagon after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

His began his career in the Jersey City Police Department, where he was promoted through the ranks of officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and inspector. He served as the Chief of Police in Braintree and subsequently Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Flynn is a member of the Board of Directors of the Police Executive Research Forum, serves on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, is on the Board of Directors for the Council of State Governments Justice Center, and serves on the Fight Crime Invest in Kids executive board. He is a past recipient of the prestigious Gary Hayes Memorial Award for Police Leadership from PERF. He is currently serving on scientific review panels on technology for the National Institute of Justice.

He holds a B.A. in history from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and completed all course work in the Ph.D. program in criminal justice from the City University in New York. Chief Flynn is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the National Executive Institute and was a National Institute of Justice Pickett Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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City leaders and community partners collaborate to prioritize DOJ recommendations
Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Overrides Mayor on Firing Flynn
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Overrides Mayor on Firing Flynn

10-5 vote means city lobbyist must seek state law giving council power to fire chiefs.

Community Groups Want DOJ Police Reforms

Community Groups Want DOJ Police Reforms

Two months after DOJ draft report on MPD released, groups demand recommended changes.

Mayor Barrett tells the Common Council not to politicize the Police Chief position, yet uses him for fundraising
Eyes on Milwaukee: Zielinski Bashes Barrett, Flynn
Eyes on Milwaukee

Zielinski Bashes Barrett, Flynn

And Ald. Borkowski joins in, bashing the budget of "Rip Van Barrett."

Eyes on Milwaukee: How a Great Documentary Was Made
Eyes on Milwaukee

How a Great Documentary Was Made

Milwaukee Film Fest favorite explores the shooting of Dontre Hamilton. How was it made?

Aldermen Peréz voices disappointment in Mayor Barrett’s veto decision
Press Release

Aldermen Peréz voices disappointment in Mayor Barrett’s veto decision

Statement by Aldermen José Peréz

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Votes for Authority to Fire Flynn
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Votes for Authority to Fire Flynn

Requests state law giving them power to fire police and fire chiefs. Mayor promises a veto.

Alderman Bohl offers condolences to latest accident victim and calls for action
Press Release

Alderman Bohl offers condolences to latest accident victim and calls for action

Statement by Alderman James A. Bohl, Jr. - October 5, 2017

Murphy’s Law: Will City Reform Municipal Court?
Murphy’s Law

Will City Reform Municipal Court?

Too many judges, indigent defendants treated badly, reform needed.

Alderman Rainey offers condolences to car crash victim’s families
Press Release

Alderman Rainey offers condolences to car crash victim’s families

Statement of Alderman Khalif J. Rainey - October 2, 2017

DOJ move could have lasting impact on Milwaukee and city residents
Press Release

DOJ move could have lasting impact on Milwaukee and city residents

Statement of Alderman Khalif J. Rainey - September 20, 2017

Murphy’s Law: Flynn Blasts “Incompetent” Report
Murphy’s Law

Flynn Blasts “Incompetent” Report

“We want to talk about reform,” police chief says, not DOJ report’s many errors.

Murphy’s Law: The Hit Job on Chief Flynn
Murphy’s Law

The Hit Job on Chief Flynn

Someone leaks incomplete report to Journal Sentinel, which slams chief with it.

Op Ed: Why FPC Wants More Police Pursuits
Op Ed

Why FPC Wants More Police Pursuits

We seek to work cooperatively with police chief while responding to community concerns.

Op Ed: Barrett Must Overrule FPC Pursuit Order
Op Ed

Barrett Must Overrule FPC Pursuit Order

Fire & Police Commission ignored century of precedent by demanding Flynn alter pursuit policy.

Beyond Sherman Park

Beyond Sherman Park

Community takes stock of central city a year after unrest. Discussion to air on PBS Aug. 10

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Still Upset with Chief Flynn
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Still Upset with Chief Flynn

"Damn right hold it again" proclaims alderman Bob Donovan. Council wants more control of chief.

A Call For Proactive Community-based Violence Prevention

A Call For Proactive Community-based Violence Prevention

In 2017, there have been 66 homicides in Milwaukee.

The Fire & Police Commission Deserves Mayor Barrett’s Support
Press Release

The Fire & Police Commission Deserves Mayor Barrett’s Support

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan - July 28, 2017

The Mystery of Immigration Controversy

The Mystery of Immigration Controversy

Why the change in police policy, why the lack of “transparency,” why all the furor?

Help Offered for South Side Prostitutes

Help Offered for South Side Prostitutes

Police, county partner with Benedict Center to combat growing prostitution problem.

FPC Directive on MPD pursuit policy appropriate, necessary
Press Release

FPC Directive on MPD pursuit policy appropriate, necessary

News release and related documents from Alderman Michael J. Murphy

Standing tall when it counts
Press Release

Standing tall when it counts

Statement of Alderwoman Chantia Lewis - July 14, 2017

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Members Blast Chief Flynn
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Members Blast Chief Flynn

Demanding more input into Flynn's decision making, they refuse to allocate federal funds.

The scourge of out of control prostitution, drugs
Press Release

The scourge of out of control prostitution, drugs

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan - June 29, 2017

Kids Asking City Hall for Safer Streets
Press Release

Kids Asking City Hall for Safer Streets

As many pedestrian killed in Milwaukee in first 6 months of 2017 as in all of 2017

Senator Craig’s Statement on Chief Flynn’s Blame Game
Press Release

Senator Craig’s Statement on Chief Flynn’s Blame Game

"Chief Flynn is playing politics instead of fixing problems under his direct control"

Eyes on Milwaukee: Sparks Fly Over Hamilton Settlement
Eyes on Milwaukee

Sparks Fly Over Hamilton Settlement

Council approves $2.3 million settlement, but black aldermen debate Donovan.

Murphy’s Law: Should Cops Do More High Speed Chases?
Murphy’s Law

Should Cops Do More High Speed Chases?

Common Council says yes. Chief Flynn says no. Who’s right?

Kansas City, KS reverses pursuit policy to address “skyrocketing crime
Press Release

Kansas City, KS reverses pursuit policy to address “skyrocketing crime

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 15, 2017

Still Questions on Claybrook’s Death

Still Questions on Claybrook’s Death

Suspect killed by hail of bullets from police. But was this necessary?

City, County Public Safety Agreement Wins Approval
Press Release

City, County Public Safety Agreement Wins Approval

Mayor Barrett, County Executive Abele announce partnership to improve public safety

A Protest for Pedestrians

A Protest for Pedestrians

They demand more tickets for drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians.

Thirteen Council members demand action from MPD, FPC
Press Release

Thirteen Council members demand action from MPD, FPC

Seek re-prioritization of traffic enforcement, immediate review of no pursuit policy

City’s commitment to police reforms persists in the face of flagging federal interest
Press Release

City’s commitment to police reforms persists in the face of flagging federal interest

Statement of Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton April 7, 2017

Murphy’s Law: Hidden Loaded Guns And No Training
Murphy’s Law

Hidden Loaded Guns And No Training

Republican bill to end permits and training for concealed carry is dangerous.

A citywide effort is needed to quell Milwaukee’s senseless violence
Press Release

A citywide effort is needed to quell Milwaukee’s senseless violence

Statement of Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton March 24, 2017

2017 State of the City
Press Release

2017 State of the City

As Delivered by Mayor Tom Barrett

Milwaukee Bucks and Daktronics Announce Pair of New Community Initiatives
Press Release

Milwaukee Bucks and Daktronics Announce Pair of New Community Initiatives

Partnership with Milwaukee Police Department will return Bucks basketball cards to the community; Daktronics will also provide six new scoreboards for area youth centers

Op Ed: Speeding Is Out of Control
Op Ed

Speeding Is Out of Control

City has big problem. More cops, cameras, traffic citations needed.

ACLU Suit Challenges Milwaukee Police

ACLU Suit Challenges Milwaukee Police

Charges key technique, “tens of thousands" of police stops, is unconstitutional.

“Day Without Immigrants, Refugees” Planned

“Day Without Immigrants, Refugees” Planned

Local immigrants, advocates ramping up opposition to Trump executive orders.

Supervisors: All Are Welcome in Milwaukee County
Press Release

Supervisors: All Are Welcome in Milwaukee County

"I commend my colleagues on the County Board for standing on the right side of history today..."

Your Right to Know: Public’s Trust Abused on Police Videos
Your Right to Know

Public’s Trust Abused on Police Videos

Flynn, Barrett gave misleading statements on Sylville Smith video, yet it still hasn’t been released.

Mixed Reactions to Charges in Sylville Smith’s Killing

Mixed Reactions to Charges in Sylville Smith’s Killing

DA charges officer Heaggan-Brown. Family and community demand video's release.

Murphy’s Law: The Council’s Battle Over Police
Murphy’s Law

The Council’s Battle Over Police

Donovan and several aldermen demand more, Hamilton slaps them down. Who’s right?

Council members call on Chief to boost South Side officer staffing
Press Release

Council members call on Chief to boost South Side officer staffing

Members seek MPD officer increases in Police Districts Two and Six

Safe & Sound Announces Neighborhood Team Expansion to North Milwaukee Neighborhoods
Press Release

Safe & Sound Announces Neighborhood Team Expansion to North Milwaukee Neighborhoods

As with any major expansion, Safe & Sound completed a new fundraising campaign to expand into the new district.

Op-Ed: More Police Is Not the Answer
Op-Ed

More Police Is Not the Answer

Better trained police — and spending on services for under-served neighborhoods — is a better approach.

Back in the News: Sylville Smith’s Killer Charged With Sex Assault
Back in the News

Sylville Smith’s Killer Charged With Sex Assault

Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown's fatal shooting of Smith had set off near-riot in city.

Plenty of Horne: Mexico Opens 50th US Consulate Here
Plenty of Horne

Mexico Opens 50th US Consulate Here

A big turnout of American and Mexican politicians with "Trumpism" in the air.

Twenty Milwaukee Organizations Express Serious Misgivings with Proposed Public Safety Action Plan
Press Release

Twenty Milwaukee Organizations Express Serious Misgivings with Proposed Public Safety Action Plan

We are writing on behalf of an array of community groups to express our serious misgivings regarding the recently released draft “Public Safety Action Plan.”

Legislature Resists Background Checks for Guns

Legislature Resists Background Checks for Guns

18 states require them, 85% of state residents support them, but Walker, GOP resist.

Murphy’s Law: Role Of Police Questioned in Unrest
Murphy’s Law

Role Of Police Questioned in Unrest

Was violence a reaction to years of mistreatment by police?

Op-Ed: Police Outreach to Teens a Failure
Op-Ed

Police Outreach to Teens a Failure

Violence over weekend dramatizes issue. School board called for changes in outreach program.

Sponsored: The Plight of Milwaukee’s War Children
Sponsored

The Plight of Milwaukee’s War Children

Inner city violence creates a war zone for children. We need a solution.

Back in the News: Radio Ad Blasts John Chisholm
Back in the News

Radio Ad Blasts John Chisholm

Secretive group blames DA for carjackings, lauds his opponent Verona Swanigan.

Back in News: “Do something about guns,” Flynn Pleads
Back in News

“Do something about guns,” Flynn Pleads

Flynn calls for gun control at Obama's national town hall, demands action from legislature.

Murphy’s Law: 10 Lessons After Dallas
Murphy’s Law

10 Lessons After Dallas

How can Milwaukee and the nation assure that black lives and blue lives matter?

Murphy’s Law: The World According to Janel Brandtjen
Murphy’s Law

The World According to Janel Brandtjen

Republican lawmaker is angry about crime in the city. Here’s how she could help.

Data Wonk: Murder in Milwaukee
Data Wonk

Murder in Milwaukee

What do the statistics tell us about homicides and why they happen?

Aldermen Unveil Anti-Violence Initiative

Aldermen Unveil Anti-Violence Initiative

Hamilton and 11 other aldermen call for “holistic approach” to gun violence.

County’s defensive reaction to committee testimony disappointing
Press Release

County’s defensive reaction to committee testimony disappointing

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan June 7, 2016

Sensenbrenner, Mukasey, Flynn among guests for Law School conference on post-9/11 national security and individual liberty issues
Press Release

Sensenbrenner, Mukasey, Flynn among guests for Law School conference on post-9/11 national security and individual liberty issues

The terror attacks on September 11, 2001, led the U.S. government to enact new laws and take additional steps to protect national security. But has the government gone too far?

Rep. Bowen to host Emergency Public Forum on Juvenile Corrections Reform
Press Release

Rep. Bowen to host Emergency Public Forum on Juvenile Corrections Reform

Calls for immediate solutions to reduce youth recidivism

Let’s get to the root of the problem
Press Release

Let’s get to the root of the problem

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 20, 2016

Offer of police substation laudable, but real problem remains scarcity of cops
Press Release

Offer of police substation laudable, but real problem remains scarcity of cops

Administration continues to pursue “magic bullets” that don’t exist

Heroin study funding to go before Public Safety Committee
Press Release

Heroin study funding to go before Public Safety Committee

Since 2005, Milwaukee County has seen a 495% increase in heroin-related deaths.

Council President Hamilton urges community support for “Violence Prevention Month”
Juvenile Crime Data & Summer Supervision Needs Have Boys & Girls Clubs Launching Awareness Campaign, Extending Services
Press Release

Juvenile Crime Data & Summer Supervision Needs Have Boys & Girls Clubs Launching Awareness Campaign, Extending Services

Boys & Girls Clubs Extends Summer Club Hours; Debuts “A Club For Every Kid” Campaign Alerting Parents to Focus on Supervised Activities

YP Week: Building a Safer Milwaukee
YP Week

Building a Safer Milwaukee

Crime is a big issue for Millennials, who may have tough questions for Barrett and Flynn.

Crime Rate Like “a Third World Country”

Crime Rate Like “a Third World Country”

Officials at Greater Milwaukee Committee call for solutions to homicides, juvenile crime.

Youth Tell DOJ About Police Abuse

Youth Tell DOJ About Police Abuse

Department of Justice listening sessions here suggest Milwaukee has problems.

Murphy’s Law: Where City’s Crime is Rising
Murphy’s Law

Where City’s Crime is Rising

The biggest hike is in Ald. Donovan’s district. No wonder that’s his major issue.

Ald. Joe Davis posed with gangbangers in Facebook post
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Ald. Joe Davis posed with gangbangers in Facebook post

2016 State of the City
Press Release

2016 State of the City

Hmong American Peace Academy - February 8, 2016

Critics Demand Federal Probe of Police Department

Critics Demand Federal Probe of Police Department

Huge turnout at listening session, many call for civil rights investigation of MPD's "patterns and practices."

James Methu’s Statement on Public Safety in Milwaukee
Press Release

James Methu’s Statement on Public Safety in Milwaukee

“Mayor Barrett seems to only care about addressing the issue of crime in the community around an election.”

Murphy’s Law: What Has Mayor Barrett Accomplished?
Murphy’s Law

What Has Mayor Barrett Accomplished?

After nearly 12 years in office, his impact can be seen -- if you look hard.

Nate Hamilton Still Fighting for Justice

Nate Hamilton Still Fighting for Justice

Brother of Dontre Hamilton, who was killed by a cop, has created the Coalition for Justice.

Now Serving: Street Food Tapas for Brady Street
Now Serving

Street Food Tapas for Brady Street

And a new pie place for 55th and North. Both places sound yummy.

U.S. Rep. Moore Welcomes DOJ Investigation of Milwaukee PD
Press Release

U.S. Rep. Moore Welcomes DOJ Investigation of Milwaukee PD

In response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s announcement that it will launch a collaborative reform initiative with the Milwaukee Police Department, Congresswoman Moore released the following statement:

Murphy’s Law: “The NRA’s Vision for America is Anarchy.”
Murphy’s Law

“The NRA’s Vision for America is Anarchy.”

Chief Flynn say legislature’s “insane” concealed carry law causes crime and threatens police safety.

Plenty Of Horne: All Hail Our Business Improvement Districts
Plenty Of Horne

All Hail Our Business Improvement Districts

City party celebrates work of 35 BIDs, which have helped improve many city neighborhoods.

Murphy’s Law: Does Milwaukee Need More Police?
Murphy’s Law

Does Milwaukee Need More Police?

Mayoral candidate Bob Donovan thinks so. How does this city compare to others?

Barrett’s Chief of Staff misses mark (and has a short memory!)
Press Release

Barrett’s Chief of Staff misses mark (and has a short memory!)

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 29, 2015

Plenty of Horne: Donovan Wants Fewer Police “Chiefs”
Plenty of Horne

Donovan Wants Fewer Police “Chiefs”

And "more Indians." Alderman and mayoral candidate proposes to redo police staffing to cut higher-ups.

Profile: MaryNell Regan on the Hot Seat
Profile

MaryNell Regan on the Hot Seat

New head of embattled Fire & Police Commission wants to allow more community input into its decisions.

MPD telecommunicators are scapegoats for poor policies, lack of management
Press Release

MPD telecommunicators are scapegoats for poor policies, lack of management

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 5, 2015

The State of Politics: Walker’s Post-Campaign “To Do” List
The State of Politics

Walker’s Post-Campaign “To Do” List

Back from his failed presidential campaign, what are his policy priorities for the state?

Chief Flynn Calls for Tougher Gun Laws

Chief Flynn Calls for Tougher Gun Laws

Bashes concealed carry law, says carrying illegal firearm should be a felony.

Safe Zones Need More Police Cooperation?

Safe Zones Need More Police Cooperation?

Ald. Hamilton, community, police disagree on how to make project work.

Body cameras = more politics than policing
Press Release

Body cameras = more politics than policing

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan August 31, 2015

Chief Flynn’s gun violence comments disappointing
Press Release

Chief Flynn’s gun violence comments disappointing

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan August 28, 2015

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn goes “On the Issues”
Press Release

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn goes “On the Issues”

With 2015 far from over, the city has already recorded more homicides than it did in all of 2014.

Murphy’s Law: Milwaukee Municipal Court Under Fire
Murphy’s Law

Milwaukee Municipal Court Under Fire

It imprisons debtors and seems bloated with staff. Will city demand changes?

Police Ambassadors Serve Community

Police Ambassadors Serve Community

MPD ambassadors provide bridge between officers and community.

Alderman Davis requests police records of delayed response to rape report
Press Release

Alderman Davis requests police records of delayed response to rape report

News release from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.

For safety and accountability, it’s time to re-make the FPC
Press Release

For safety and accountability, it’s time to re-make the FPC

The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission (FPC) is a great idea, with increasingly poor results.

Milwaukee’s public safety crisis increasing fear, frustration of residents
Press Release

Milwaukee’s public safety crisis increasing fear, frustration of residents

Administration’s own policies fueling more crime, violence and mayhem

Heads must roll over outrageous delay in police response to rape case
Press Release

Heads must roll over outrageous delay in police response to rape case

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. July 23, 2015

Chief’s comments outrageous
Press Release

Chief’s comments outrageous

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan July 20, 2015

Chief Flynn defends pursuit policy in wake of rolling crime crew
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Chief Flynn defends pursuit policy in wake of rolling crime crew

Gangs turn to rolling drug houses, exploiting police chase policy
Citation

Gangs turn to rolling drug houses, exploiting police chase policy

Mayor Barrett again not the highest-paid employee in city of Milwaukee
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Mayor Barrett again not the highest-paid employee in city of Milwaukee

Work needed toward a multifaceted solution to deadly violence
Press Release

Work needed toward a multifaceted solution to deadly violence

Statement from Alderman Jim Bohl July 7, 2015

To stop the violence, honesty and hard choices are needed
Press Release

To stop the violence, honesty and hard choices are needed

Perhaps my opponent is right, but perhaps he's not.

Mr. Mayor: Why no public review process for Chief Flynn?
Press Release

Mr. Mayor: Why no public review process for Chief Flynn?

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. July 1, 2015

Murphy’s Law: The Disappearance of Dan Bice
Murphy’s Law

The Disappearance of Dan Bice

 The state’s top political reporter has disappeared. Is the Journal Sentinel killing his column?

Alderman Donovan asks for answers about secret MPD email system
Press Release

Alderman Donovan asks for answers about secret MPD email system

Alderman Donovan requested answers to specific questions about the purported secret e-mail system.

For mayor, ignorance is bliss on MPD video snafu
Press Release

For mayor, ignorance is bliss on MPD video snafu

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 12, 2015

$1 Million Plan to Upgrade Near West Side

$1 Million Plan to Upgrade Near West Side

Milwaukee Police, Marquette University and Harley-Davidson involved in project to redevelop area and cut crime.

Police-involved shooting in 2nd District
Press Release

Police-involved shooting in 2nd District

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. April 15, 2015

Alderman Donovan asks for change in MPD vehicle pursuit policy
Press Release

Alderman Donovan asks for change in MPD vehicle pursuit policy

Current ‘no chase’ policy is emboldening criminals, Alderman Donovan says

A good cop, and a bad Fire and Police Commission decision
Press Release

A good cop, and a bad Fire and Police Commission decision

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan March 24, 2015

Plenty of Horne: Crowd Celebrates City Birthday Party
Plenty of Horne

Crowd Celebrates City Birthday Party

Politicians, PR people and other notables schmoozed away. The best rumor was that Chief Flynn might be retiring.

Murphy’s Law: Does “Broken Windows” Theory Hurt Milwaukee?
Murphy’s Law

Does “Broken Windows” Theory Hurt Milwaukee?

Police Chief Ed Flynn is one of the foremost practitioners of aggressive policing getting national criticism.

Back in the News: Chisholm Decision Triggers Controversy
Back in the News

Chisholm Decision Triggers Controversy

DA decides not to charge officer who killed mentally ill man, leaving community divided over issue.

Murphy’s Law: America’s Newest Hero, David Clarke
Murphy’s Law

America’s Newest Hero, David Clarke

He’s in the news everywhere and conservatives are falling all over themselves in adulation.

Washington Park Neighborhood and MPD Awarded National MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award
Press Release

Washington Park Neighborhood and MPD Awarded National MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award

Mobilizing Residents/Partnerships leads to improved neighborhood safety

Neighborhood Groups Who Target Crime

Neighborhood Groups Who Target Crime

Three community groups win awards for working with police on crime prevention.

Back in the News: The Ed Flynn Factor
Back in the News

The Ed Flynn Factor

Politico Magazine concludes Milwaukee is an innovator in policing. Why? Chief Flynn’s leadership.

City Residents Welcome ShotSpotter

City Residents Welcome ShotSpotter

Milwaukee Police program uses 110 sensors in 11-square mile area to detect gunfire and fight crime. Residents are seeing the impact.

District Attorney watches while the City of Milwaukee implodes
Press Release

District Attorney watches while the City of Milwaukee implodes

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. November 11, 2014

Op-Ed: Cops in Shootings Should Be Promptly Named
Op-Ed

Cops in Shootings Should Be Promptly Named

Police Chief Flynn waited more than five months to identify officer who shot Dontre Hamilton. The public deserves better.

Barrett administration public safety in disarray
Press Release

Barrett administration public safety in disarray

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan November 3, 2014

Key information remains under wraps in Dontre Hamilton case
Press Release

Key information remains under wraps in Dontre Hamilton case

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. October 31, 2014

Executive Order, Keystone: No on the pipeline, yes on the cops
Press Release

Executive Order, Keystone: No on the pipeline, yes on the cops

Press release from the Red Arnold campaign

Cop’s firing warrants more comment
Press Release

Cop’s firing warrants more comment

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 16, 2014

Firing of officer involved in Red Arrow Park shooting reeks of politics
Press Release

Firing of officer involved in Red Arrow Park shooting reeks of politics

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 15, 2014

Murphy’s Law: Another Newspaper Attack on Chief Flynn
Murphy’s Law

Another Newspaper Attack on Chief Flynn

Has the Journal Sentinel renewed its war against the police chief or was its Sunday story simply botched reporting?

MPD actions further damage public faith
Press Release

MPD actions further damage public faith

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. September 15, 2014

County Executive Abele & Mayor Barrett Host 9/11 Ceremony
Press Release

County Executive Abele & Mayor Barrett Host 9/11 Ceremony

Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Chris Abele, Governor Scott Walker, British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott and other local leaders will honor the victims of September 11, 2001.

Bill Would Require Body Camera on Police

Bill Would Require Body Camera on Police

Ald. Milele Coggs will introduce legislation requiring Milwaukee Police Department to buy and use body cameras.

Could Milwaukee Be the Next Ferguson?

Could Milwaukee Be the Next Ferguson?

Five reasons why it won't -- and seven reasons why it might be next.

Donovan accepts icy challenge from Chief Flynn
Press Release

Donovan accepts icy challenge from Chief Flynn

Alderman vows ice bucket challenge will create big splash but ‘won’t budge a single hair’

Sheriff Clarke is right on the money
Press Release

Sheriff Clarke is right on the money

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan August 5, 2014

Juvenile crime problems go up, and curfew enforcement goes down
Press Release

Juvenile crime problems go up, and curfew enforcement goes down

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan July 1, 2014

Murphy’s Law: “We Have Criminals Shooting Criminals!”
Murphy’s Law

“We Have Criminals Shooting Criminals!”

And bystanders getting shot. Chief Flynn calls on legislators to get tougher on felons with guns.

Gun Bill Dies Without Shots Being Fired

Gun Bill Dies Without Shots Being Fired

Despite overwhelming support for bill toughening penalties for felony firearms offenses, Alberta Darling and Republicans give up on it.

Gun Bills Fail, Shots Fly

Gun Bills Fail, Shots Fly

Chief Flynn implores legislature to pass bill targeting illegal gun possession. Will Republicans respond?

Council will honor former officer severely wounded in 2009 shooting
Press Release

Council will honor former officer severely wounded in 2009 shooting

News release from the Common Council

Washington Park Residents Face Prostitution Problem

Washington Park Residents Face Prostitution Problem

Neighbors meet with police, seeking solutions to prostitution and drug trafficking.

Alderman Donovan offers real alternative to mayor’s “plan ”
Press Release

Alderman Donovan offers real alternative to mayor’s “plan ”

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan

Five shootings in two hours – and it’s only April
Press Release

Five shootings in two hours – and it’s only April

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan April 9, 2014

Supervisor Russell Stamper II Says Safety in Milwaukee County Parks Must be a Priority
Press Release

Supervisor Russell Stamper II Says Safety in Milwaukee County Parks Must be a Priority

Supervisor Says Local Law Enforcement Ready for Summer Season

The State of Politics: Why the Huge Support for Shot Spotters?
The State of Politics

Why the Huge Support for Shot Spotters?

Legislature votes 132-1 to expand Milwaukee program monitoring gunshots.

Surveillance camera grant program will target businesses, commercial corridors
Press Release

Surveillance camera grant program will target businesses, commercial corridors

Launch news conference set for Friday on city’s near south side

Setting the record straight—Milwaukee sends delegation to address violence among black males
Press Release

Setting the record straight—Milwaukee sends delegation to address violence among black males

The work of Milwaukee’s Black Male Achievement Advisory Council, or BMAAC, is garnering national attention, and has already resulted in city officials being invited to participate in this week’s Cities United summit in New Orleans.

Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2014 State of the City Address
Press Release

Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2014 State of the City Address

Milwaukee February 24, 2014 As Prepared for Delivery

Zamarripa Proposal Would Help Undocumented Residents

Zamarripa Proposal Would Help Undocumented Residents

Milwaukee legislator's bill would allow them to get drivers licenses, attend state colleges.

Plenty of Horne: Owner of Strad Violin Tips Her Identity
Plenty of Horne

Owner of Strad Violin Tips Her Identity

The violin's owner was at the scene of the crime and signed her first name to a message published by Frank Almond.

Plenty of Horne: Huge Turnout for City Birthday Party
Plenty of Horne

Huge Turnout for City Birthday Party

Lots of politicians, journalists, lobbyists and others glad-handed each other and drank free beer to salute the city's 168th birthday.

Reward to be offered for Stolen Lipinski Stradivarius
Press Release

Reward to be offered for Stolen Lipinski Stradivarius

$100,000 reward offered for information leading to the safe return of the violin

Mayor Barrett Announces Stolen Thumb Drive Recovered
Press Release

Mayor Barrett Announces Stolen Thumb Drive Recovered

Jump drive with confidential city employee information found by Milwaukee police

Murphy’s Law: Crystal Ball for 2014
Murphy’s Law

Crystal Ball for 2014

25 predictions that are certain (well, maybe) to come true this year.

Attack gives Milwaukee a bloody, broken nose
Press Release

Attack gives Milwaukee a bloody, broken nose

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan December 5, 2013

City leaders are right to crack down on duty disability retirement abuse
Press Release

City leaders are right to crack down on duty disability retirement abuse

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. December 2, 2013

Murphy’s Law: Police Scam Artists
Murphy’s Law

Police Scam Artists

Why does the cop’s union protect officers who rip off taxpayers?

Murphy’s Law: Milwaukee’s Most Underestimated Leader?
Murphy’s Law

Milwaukee’s Most Underestimated Leader?

MPS superintendent Gregory Thornton has quietly righted a ship that once looked ready to sink.

Murphy’s Law: How to Nab Bad Guys
Murphy’s Law

How to Nab Bad Guys

ShotSpotter has become a key tool for city police, but Walker says no to funding and Abele says yes.

Barrett’s 100 cops just won’t cut it
Press Release

Barrett’s 100 cops just won’t cut it

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 30, 2013

The End of Suburbs?

The End of Suburbs?

So argues a new book. And former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist agrees. Are they right?

Op-Ed: Send in the Cops?
Op-Ed

Send in the Cops?

Ald. Donovan wants more cops in MPS, Chief Flynn wants a different approach. Who’s right?

Republicans Back Anti-Gun Bill

Republicans Back Anti-Gun Bill

Mandatory three-year term for illegal gun possession has support of Flynn and Barrett. But will it pass?

Where’s the Outrage? Wake Up Milwaukee!
Press Release

Where’s the Outrage? Wake Up Milwaukee!

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan July 29, 2013

Murphy’s Law: Is Milwaukee the Next Detroit?
Murphy’s Law

Is Milwaukee the Next Detroit?

Analyzing this city’s key strengths and weaknesses.

Global Anti-Bigotry Campaign Makes U.S. Debut in Milwaukee
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Global Anti-Bigotry Campaign Makes U.S. Debut in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Jewish Federation collaborates with U.S. Department of State to launch Hours Against Hate

Murphy’s Law: The Decline of Sheriff Clarke
Murphy’s Law

The Decline of Sheriff Clarke

The weirder and crankier he gets, the more unlikely his reelection.

Flynn’s Force: Making Neighborhood Connections
Flynn’s Force

Making Neighborhood Connections

How a community liaison officer gets neighbors involved in combating crime.

Flynn’s Force: How Police Reach Out to Youth
Flynn’s Force

How Police Reach Out to Youth

The STOP program connects police and youth to help gain their cooperation with cops.

New Procedure for Strip and Body-Cavity Searches Needs Public Input, Community Groups Say
Press Release

New Procedure for Strip and Body-Cavity Searches Needs Public Input, Community Groups Say

Letter to Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission Urges Open Meetings

Proposal deserves a closer look…and perspective
Press Release

Proposal deserves a closer look…and perspective

Statement from Alderman Ashanti Hamilton May 9, 2013

Flynn’s Force: Many Youth Feel Harassed
Flynn’s Force

Many Youth Feel Harassed

Black youths in the inner city sound off about police patrols. Part IV of a continuing series.

Alderman Donovan calls for increasing police overtime funding, adding 20 new officers
The New Czar of Community Safety

The New Czar of Community Safety

A partnership between the Milwaukee Police and a community organization will pay for a new leader to work on collaborative solutions to crime.

Flynn’s Force: Nabbing a Violator
Flynn’s Force

Nabbing a Violator

A squad car patrols a high crime neighborhood and turns up a violator. How it works. Part III of a series.

How a Cop Can Win Over Residents

How a Cop Can Win Over Residents

Jesus Gloria, a bilingual, award-winning police officer, has forged connections in his south side district.

Flynn’s Force: Studying the Crime Data
Flynn’s Force

Studying the Crime Data

The police chief meets weekly with top brass to review crime stats and seek improvements. Part II of a series.

Flynn’s Force: The Milwaukee Police In Action
Flynn’s Force

The Milwaukee Police In Action

A ride-along shows how a traffic stop leads to a drug bust. Part I of a series.

Alderman Donovan calls for hiring 300-400 new police officers; points to New York City’s example
Press Release

Alderman Donovan calls for hiring 300-400 new police officers; points to New York City’s example

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan March 11, 2013

“Exhibit A” Criticizes the Sheriff
Press Release

“Exhibit A” Criticizes the Sheriff

Supervisor Patricia Jursik condemns Sheriff David Clarke’s name-calling and dishonesty, applauds the County Executive for appointing an interim Superintendent for the House of Correction

Mayor Tom Barrett issued the following statement regarding the Derek Williams Inquest:
Press Release

Mayor Tom Barrett issued the following statement regarding the Derek Williams Inquest:

“I want to thank Special Prosecutor John Franke for his professionalism while presenting the case and I want to thank the jury panel for their service.”

Plenty of Horne: Every Politician in Town
Plenty of Horne

Every Politician in Town

Well, not quite, but the City's Birthday Party had a big turnout of politicians and insiders.

Murphy’s Law: Hines Would Reduce Fire & Police Commission Power
Murphy’s Law

Hines Would Reduce Fire & Police Commission Power

Council appears to back radical change, Barrett seems lukewarm.

Murphy’s Law: The Incomplete Story
Murphy’s Law

The Incomplete Story

How the Journal Sentinel slants the story on venture capital -- and on downsizing the county board.

Milwaukee Reports Homicide Total for 2012
Press Release

Milwaukee Reports Homicide Total for 2012

Milwaukee reported 92 homicides in 2012 compared to 87 in 2011, a 6% increase.

Murphy’s Law: Biggest Taxer in Town
Murphy’s Law

Biggest Taxer in Town

Over the last five years property taxes have been driven by just one of the five local taxing units: Milwaukee Public Schools.

Maybe Reform Isn’t Needed

Maybe Reform Isn’t Needed

A 2006 report resulted in a restructured Fire & Police Commission. Just what changes are left to make?

The Incredible Flip-Flop

The Incredible Flip-Flop

Did the Fire & Police Commission bend to mob mentality or act as a responsible policy maker?

FPC’s change of heart in Schoen case sets dangerous precedent
Press Release

FPC’s change of heart in Schoen case sets dangerous precedent

Today’s reversal by the Fire and Police Commission on the reinstatement of Officer Richard Schoen should be very troubling to Milwaukee residents.

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.
Press Release

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.

Murphy’s Law: Mayor Backs Flynn, Slams Newspaper
Murphy’s Law

Mayor Backs Flynn, Slams Newspaper

Journal Sentinel’s series on data errors “takes crime fighting officers off the street,” Barrett charges.

Reinstatement of Officer Schoen sets dangerous precedent
Press Release

Reinstatement of Officer Schoen sets dangerous precedent

I am deeply troubled by the Fire and Police Commission’s inexplicable decision Monday to reinstate the employment of Police Officer Richard Schoen, who was fired by Chief Edward Flynn following an excessive force case.

Fire & Police Commission erred in reinstating Officer Schoen
Press Release

Fire & Police Commission erred in reinstating Officer Schoen

I may not agree with Chief Flynn on everything, but I believe he was right when he chose to fire Police Officer Richard Schoen for excessive force.

Murphy’s Law: Journal Sentinel’s Circulation Problem
Murphy’s Law

Journal Sentinel’s Circulation Problem

The statistics point to underlying problems. Meanwhile, some stories are undermining the brand.

Murphy’s Law: Deaths in Custody Decline Under Flynn
Murphy’s Law

Deaths in Custody Decline Under Flynn

Journal Sentinel story criticizing department doesn’t report data showing decline.

Murphy’s Law: Sykes’ Suspicious Smokescreen
Murphy’s Law

Sykes’ Suspicious Smokescreen

Charlie Sykes uses anonymous interview to claim the “family” putting up voter fraud billboards fears for its safety.

Murphy’s Law: Is Chief Flynn Off the Hook?
Murphy’s Law

Is Chief Flynn Off the Hook?

The federal investigation could cool calls for Flynn's resignation.

Alderman Donovan backs MPD, Chief Flynn on Williams case
Press Release

Alderman Donovan backs MPD, Chief Flynn on Williams case

While it appears to now be open season on the Milwaukee Police Department and its leader, I, for one, am standing squarely behind the dedicated and hard working men and women of the MPD and Chief Flynn with regard to the Derek Williams case.

Murphy’s Law: The public is “understandably horrified.”
Murphy’s Law

The public is “understandably horrified.”

Chief Flynn frankly discusses the death of Derek Williams in police custody.

Murphy’s Law: Should Chief Flynn Resign?
Murphy’s Law

Should Chief Flynn Resign?

The city is divided over the chief. But is it all his fault?

Citizens still waiting for answers about illegal strip searches
Press Release

Citizens still waiting for answers about illegal strip searches

Other Council members and I have recently been directing our efforts toward learning more about the tragic death in police custody of Derek Williams, and seeking justice for him.

Murphy’s Law: Capital Sex Scandal
Murphy’s Law

Capital Sex Scandal

Strange but true: Star member of Gov. Walker’s cabinet is accused of an affair that led to attempted murder.

Murphy’s Law: Abele Under Fire
Murphy’s Law

Abele Under Fire

Has the Johnny Thomas situation poisoned relations between the county exec and county board?

Murphy’s Law: City Defies Journal Sentinel
Murphy’s Law

City Defies Journal Sentinel

Fire & Police Commission will hire consultant the newspaper repeatedly claims is biased.

Alderwoman Coggs seeks word on status of strip search/cavity search investigations
Press Release

Alderwoman Coggs seeks word on status of strip search/cavity search investigations

Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs sent letters today to Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn and Fire and Police Commission Executive Director Mike Tobin (both attached) requesting status updates on the investigations into alleged illegal strip searches and body cavity searches by MPD personnel.

Murphy’s Law: The Journal Sentinel’s Attack Dog
Murphy’s Law

The Journal Sentinel’s Attack Dog

Two stories this week continue its relentlessly biased coverage of Chief Flynn and the police department.

We need a real public safety strategy, not another street roll call
Press Release

We need a real public safety strategy, not another street roll call

We need to fill the MPD officer vacancies and create a real public safety strategy for Milwaukee.

Chief Flynn should provide answers in public forum
Press Release

Chief Flynn should provide answers in public forum

Joint Statement from Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, and Alderman José G. Pérez

Statement on hearing regarding MPD crime statistics
Press Release

Statement on hearing regarding MPD crime statistics

To his credit, Chief Flynn put together an impressive presentation yesterday. The police department apparently reviewed more than 34,000 crime reports.

Watching the Watchdog – Joint Statement from Members of the Common Council
Press Release

Watching the Watchdog – Joint Statement from Members of the Common Council

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s recent investigations into the police department have misled the public about important facts relevant to the safety of our community.

Murphy’s Law: “Indignant” Police Chief Defends Department’s Integrity
Murphy’s Law

“Indignant” Police Chief Defends Department’s Integrity

Chief Flynn provides data that calls into question the Journal Sentinel’s reporting.

The Chatter: Will Allen Goes Viral
The Chatter

Will Allen Goes Viral

From ABC News to Colbert, everybody is celebrating Will Allen.

Murphy’s Law: The War Against Chief Flynn
Murphy’s Law

The War Against Chief Flynn

Why is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel trashing the city’s best police chief in decades?

Eyes on Milwaukee: Free Bus Rides, Moneyball and Renderings, Crime on Buses Way Down, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Free Bus Rides, Moneyball and Renderings, Crime on Buses Way Down, and More

Welcome to the fourth installment of Eyes on Milwaukee. This week we take a look at free bus rides for St. Patrick's Day, the idea of applying Moneyball principles to project renderings, how Police Chief Flynn has apparently managed to cut in half the service calls originated from MCTS buses, the notion of a new union for UWM, and more.

Nearly One Gun Crime Per Household in West Milwaukee

Nearly One Gun Crime Per Household in West Milwaukee

The Village of West Milwaukee has a population of 4,201 people according to the 2000 census, which translates into 2,059 households.

Milwaukee Police District Boundaries Redrawn – Will Affect New UWM Dorm

Milwaukee Police District Boundaries Redrawn – Will Affect New UWM Dorm

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn has had his new police district boundaries approved by the Common Council Public Safety Committee. The new boundaries will have the most significant effects on the East and South sides of Milwaukee.

East Town Shoots Itself In The Foot

East Town Shoots Itself In The Foot

We had originally speculated about the origins of the ban on carry-ins at Jazz in the Park. Our speculation was that it was really a money issue, but that we thought the East Town Association had the right to and should attempt to generate money from the event. Today we received just about all we needed to confirm our suspicions, a couple of great quotes from the Milwaukee Chief of Police Edward Flynn courtesy of the Journal Sentinel article Jazz in the Park fans have a whine and cheese party.