This afternoon the City of Milwaukee just got less safe
Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan November 8, 2019
Today the Common Council failed to restore the Mayor’s budget cut that will reduce the Milwaukee Police Department by 60 police officers. This is bad news for the entire city going into 2020.
In fact, my warning stands: If you live in an area of the city already hit too frequently by crime and disorder, prepare yourself because it’s only going to get worse. And if you live in an area that’s just been a little challenged by criminal activities, I can tell you – sadly – that it’s only going to get worse.
Over the past 10 years we’ve reduced the Milwaukee Police Department by a few hundred cops. This means going into this budget we were already behind the eight ball – and by a wide margin.
They call the police.
My fear is that we are falling deeper and deeper into a hole when it comes to adequate police staffing and coverage. We also have a severe shortage of detectives, and that means fewer crimes are being solved across the city.
We must start seeing police officers for what they bring to our neighborhoods and to our city. They are not a luxury item and they ARE a resource for safety and prosperity.
They are a crucial necessity and we better start treating them that way.
More about the 2020 Milwaukee Budget
- City Hall: Council Overrides Every Barrett Veto - Jeramey Jannene - Nov 26th, 2019
- City Hall: Barrett Issues 8 Budget Vetoes - Jeramey Jannene - Nov 19th, 2019
- This afternoon the City of Milwaukee just got less safe - Ald. Bob Donovan - Nov 8th, 2019
- City Hall: Council Cuts Police, Adopts $1.6 Billion Budget - Jeramey Jannene - Nov 8th, 2019
- City Hall: Proposal Uses Lead Abatement Funds for Marketing - Jeramey Jannene - Nov 7th, 2019
- Transportation: Street Safety Funding Passes Committee - Jeramey Jannene - Nov 6th, 2019
- Omnibus budget amendment supports birthing moms pilot, violence interrupters, participatory budget initiative and more - Ald. Milele Coggs - Nov 1st, 2019
- Eyes on Milwaukee: Proposal Would Fund Emergency Housing - Jeramey Jannene - Oct 31st, 2019
- City Hall: Proposal Gives Residents a Basic Income - Jeramey Jannene - Oct 31st, 2019
- City Hall: Community Outpouring Over City Budget - Isiah Holmes - Oct 14th, 2019
- Mayor Barrett’s 2020 Budget cuts 60 police officers – and that’s the good news - Ald. Bob Donovan - Oct 10th, 2019
- City Hall: State Republican Lawmakers Oppose Barrett’s Budget - Jeramey Jannene - Oct 7th, 2019
- Budget Deliberations Should Focus on Using the People’s Dollars to Improve and Save Lives - Ald. Milele Coggs - Oct 4th, 2019
- The challenges and opportunities of the 2020 city budget - Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton - Sep 30th, 2019
- Disappointing budget increases taxes, relies on sales tax pipe dream - Ald. Nikiya Dodd - Sep 24th, 2019
- Mayor’s budget cuts deep, fall short - Ald. Tony Zielinski - Sep 24th, 2019
- City Hall: Mayor’s Budget Cuts Cops and Property Tax Rate - Jeramey Jannene - Sep 24th, 2019
- City Hall: Tax Hike Would Give City $50 Million Per Year - Jeramey Jannene - Sep 9th, 2019
- City Hall: Barrett Kicks Off 2020 Budget Process - Jeramey Jannene - Aug 16th, 2019
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