"People from the neighborhood can go in and use the computers free of charge," Zielinski said. "A lot of COP Houses also have playground equipment so kids can come there to play."
Zielinski said the COP House model has reduced crime by up to 70 percent in other cities using the program.
Locations for COP houses in Milwaukee will be chosen using data on crime, calls for service and nuisance calls.
"We want to pick the highest-crime neighborhoods," Zielinski said.
Zielinski said he expects COP houses to be staffed with officers roughly eight to 10 hours each day. He said the hours will be flexible so that officers can be in the neighborhood during community events like evening block parties.
With the Common Council signing off on the proposal, the first COP House location is expected to open next year.
Once a COP House is deemed successful, Zielinski said it will be sold so police can move into a different neighborhood.