Ald. Bob Donovan
Press Release

Watching MPD closely during a critical transition period

Joint Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan, Alderman José G. Pérez and Alderman Mark A. Borkowski - March 19, 2018

By - Mar 19th, 2018 01:41 pm

As Common Council members, we read the recent news in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel of the current state of neglect in the Milwaukee Police Department (‘In shambles’: Fire and Police Commission chairman says Flynn left department backlogs in open records, internal affairs – published March 15) with interest and concern.

It has reinforced our belief that the longstanding concerns expressed by many of us and our Council colleagues are not unfounded.

In cooperation with the oversight of the Fire and Police Commission (FPC), the Common Council’s Public Safety & Health and Judiciary & Legislation Committees intend to monitor the progress of Interim MPD Chief Morales in dealing with recently identified issues.

We offer both the MPD and FPC our cooperation toward ensuring that outstanding issues are clearly and transparently identified, effective solutions are set forward and oversight processes are adequate to ensure efficient and effective execution of these critical tasks.

Along with the MJS reporting, former Assistant Chief James Harpole said (in a letter dated 2/6/2018 to the Fire and Police Commission) that MPD has “…finite resources with the current 180 officer vacancies and over 200 civilian vacancies, and so much more.”

And if there are more than 200 civilian vacancies in the department being back-filled by sworn staff, as has been suggested, we will do all we can to help fill those vacancies and get the sworn membership back on the streets.

Additionally, our sworn and civilian MPD staff members deserve timely, fair and thorough internal affairs investigations and our citizens deserve timely, transparent and non-political open records release processes.

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3 thoughts on “Watching MPD closely during a critical transition period”

  1. Jeff Weiner says:

    Good job bathroom Bob. Know we can count on you.

  2. Karla says:

    I support you Bob. Thank you for always looking our for our neighborhood and staying out of the Mayor’s pocket. I hope one day I’ll have your bravery to call out the truth as I see it. You inspire that in me. Thank you.

  3. KRalph says:

    The current city public safety budget exceeds all Milwaukee property taxes collected from the city.
    The police are 180 officers short & 200 civilians?
    Who created these staffing numbers and when and how long can we afford to maintain what staff we have already?
    The state hasn’t increased shared revenue in over 20 some years, but instead give the city employees the right to move out of the city and not be part of where they work. Wiping out 75 years of local control, which the Republicans are terrific at.
    Show me the money Bob, Mark & Jose!

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