Mayor Cavalier Johnson
Press Release

Pres. Johnson successfully provides funding for 195 new police recruits in the 2022 City budget


By - Oct 28th, 2021 04:18 pm

Common Council President Cavalier Johnson’s proposal for three police recruit classes of 65 each, for a total of 195 new officers in 2022, was recommended for approval during today’s meeting of the Finance and Personnel Committee.

“The continuing increase in crime throughout Milwaukee is unacceptable, and staffing the police department is crucial when considering how to best address public safety issues in our city,” said President Johnson. “During the past two years, we’ve seen our average sworn strength decline by more than 100 officers, and without the budget amendment passed today it would have declined by over 100 more.”

“This investment is one piece of the puzzle, along with continuing to support prevention and intervention efforts,” Johnson said, adding: “I will continue to be a champion for eradicating violence on all fronts.”

Adding the additional police recruit classes will have $0 effect on the tax levy due to federal funds that have become available.

All budget amendments will be considered for adoption at a special meeting of the full Common Council set for Friday, November 5 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be televised live on the City Channel (channel 25 on Spectrum Cable and channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse in the City of Milwaukee) and via streaming video on the city website at

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2 thoughts on “Pres. Johnson successfully provides funding for 195 new police recruits in the 2022 City budget”

  1. Marty wall says:

    A press release. Wow.
    The sad, untold story from our president is that over one- half of the present police recruit class and the future classes consist of suburbanites. For 18 budgets In a row, the Mayor’s Police Chief and Fire Chief have lamented the lack of diversity in their ranks. Now the problem is residency as well. To celebrate the continuation of a rigged “old boys” hiring practice bodes poorly for our city’s future. Thank you.

  2. NieWiederKrieg says:

    When you look at the demographics of the members of Milwaukee’s police and fire departments, you’d think that nearly every single one of them was hand picked by Scott Walker, Robin Vos, and Donald Trump….

    Who’s in charge of selecting all these City of Milwaukee police and fire recruits, anyways?… Is it the County Executives of Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington Counties?

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