Ald. Bob Donovan
Press Release

Cutting corners in police hiring may come back to bite us

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 23, 2014

By - Oct 23rd, 2014 10:34 am

Yesterday I sent the attached letter to Michael Tobin, executive director of the Fire and Police Commission, regarding some disturbing information I have received from trusted sources pertaining to shortcuts that are now apparently taking place in background investigations of officer candidates.
Also attached is Mr. Tobin’s emailed non-response to my letter.

For years I have been doggedly pursuing nearly every possible avenue to add police officers to Milwaukee’s neighborhoods. However, I believe it is essential that each and every candidate be vetted thoroughly, and that background investigations are conducted accordingly. If my sources are correct, we are now cutting corners and not vetting appropriately, and that is unacceptable to me and should be unacceptable to every law-abiding citizen in our city!

Sadly, based on Mr. Tobin’s non-response, it also now appears that even elected city officials are unable to get a straight answer from this administration.

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