According to a Facebook post by Franklin Police, “despite a greater demand for officer time due to increases in crime and the complexity of investigations, Franklin PD’s staffing level has remained the same for nearly 20 years.”
In the same social media post, police said Franklin has one of the four lowest ratios of officers and dispatchers per 1,000 civilians in Milwaukee County, at 1.67.
The department’s yearly calls for service have stayed relatively consistent, hovering between 27,000 and 31,000 between 2008 and 2017, even as the municipality’s population has grown.
But according to police, Franklin’s detectives “are spending more time investigating heroin overdoses and financial crimes related to online identity theft. The complexities of these incidents make the investigations extremely time-consuming.”