Proposal deserves a closer look…and perspective
Statement from Alderman Ashanti Hamilton May 9, 2013
Alderman Donovan’s proposal to add more than $600,000 from the 2013 Common Council Contingent Fund for public safety efforts was placed on file earlier today by the Public Safety Committee (essentially ending its chances of being heard or passing). But despite the committee’s action, I believe the proposal would be a worthy use of those funds. However, limiting the use of those resources to police overtime and the hiring of 20 new officers will do little to address the immediate safety needs facing our neighborhoods. To be clear, further examination of a plausible and immediate plan to address the public safety concerns brought up by this proposal is necessary.
I suggest we follow the model outlined by the Department of Justice that encourages a collaborative effort from residents, community-based organizations and the police department to implement comprehensive approaches to reducing crime. It is a strategy that has proven to be effective nationally but it is critical to have invested partners at the table and resources to follow through on the plan. Chief Flynn is a supporter of this strategy.
Specifically, Chief Flynn worked with the Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) to earn Milwaukee the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant (that ironically is a $600,000 grant over three years) to help residents reclaim their neighborhoods. Expecting the police department to do it alone is a failed strategy and many of our constituents have been asking for a change in policy that offers them the support they need to repair and restore peace to their community.
Press Releases Referencing Ashanti Hamilton
Jun 2nd, 2016 by Ashanti Hamilton
Council president and members issue “All Hands Call” for peace
May 26th, 2016 by Ashanti Hamilton
Statement from Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton May 26, 2016
May 20th, 2016 by Ashanti Hamilton
News release from Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton
May 18th, 2016 by Ashanti Hamilton
The topics of discussion will be unlawful driving, how to prioritize problems, the pressing issues they face as youth and how the community can best support them.
May 9th, 2016 by Ashanti Hamilton
News release from Alderman Ashanti Hamilton
May 3rd, 2016 by Ashanti Hamilton
The new blight-fighting endeavor will advocate public/private partnerships that will demolish abandoned, dangerous and unsanitary properties in the city’s Promise Zones.