FPC action to encourage residency for police officers and firefighters a positive for Milwaukee
Statement of Common Council President Cavalier Johnson January 22, 2021
During Thursday’s meeting of the Fire and Police Commission (FPC), the commission voted to approve a resolution that awards preference points for city residents applying for promotions within the fire and police departments. This now compliments an existing policy of offering preference points for residency to applicants for entry-level positions in the police and fire departments.
It was in 2013 when the state Legislature passed a law ending residency requirements. When it occurred, this action could only be described as an overreach, and it has had negative repercussions locally.
Yesterday’s action by the FPC is a step in the right direction. However, I still strongly believe residency should be reinstated at the state level. It is in the best interest of our communities long term.