MILWAUKEE – The beginning of the year was violent in the city of Milwaukee. The first few months of 2022 have seen three law enforcement officers shot dead in the line of duty, children killed and six people found dead in a Milwaukee home. This year’s homicides exceed the record set in 2021.
“We have a problem with conflict resolution in our community,” Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman said.
Norman knows that behind the numbers hide human beings.
Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman
“We know we need to make sure we’re available, that we communicate with our partners, and that we have the right resources,” Norman said.
City statistics show that incidents of theft, rape, aggravated assault and burglary are down. Chief Norman said the Milwaukee Police Department is looking at the numbers to find out why. But one of his first steps was to shift resources.
“Investigative teams do fewer property crimes, more unfortunate violent crimes, non-fatal, homicides,” Norman said.
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The former homicide investigator thinks the same old solutions won’t cut it.
“We can’t just pull over to get out of it; patrol out to get out of it,” Norman said. “Understand that there are partnerships with our preventative care. 414Life, is working with MPS to see what we can do with mentorship.”
In an interview with FOX6 News in early February, Chef Norman spent a lot of time talking about the importance of partnerships and community engagement.
“Even though the police are part of the dialogue, there are other people who know how to get to the bottom of things, which contributes to poor conflict resolution, which is associated with guns,” Norman said.
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The police say they won’t get far without the help of the community.
“It’s not an us versus them. It’s an us,” Norman said. “Being able to have that type of dialogue, a conversation to say how can we serve better.”