Milwaukee leaders address uptick in violence in a town hall meeting

Posted at 10:41 PM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-26 23:45:10-04

There was a packed house at Milwaukee's Black Historical Society Monday night for a town hall meeting about violence.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn shared his department's current strategy to prevent crime.

"We also need to continually work with the neighborhoods that people can come together and feel brave enough and not worry about getting shot at, not worry about their car being vandalized, not worry about their child being beaten up," Flynn said.

A former police chief and the Director of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing Michael Scott talked about using information from departments across the country.

"The idea is to bring together what we know from research, what we know police have been doing around the country to deal with these problems and share that knowledge," Scott said.

Milwaukee police say problem-oriented policing is a theory they've been using for years and it's a concept Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention wants to see more of.

The goals of problem-oriented policing are organizational transformation, community partnership and proactive problem-solving.

"The police alone, they don't control all the conditions that drive a lot of crime problems and it means that the police need help," Scott said.

Some community members left feeling discouraged, but others say they learned a lot.