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West Allis Police chief meets with residents on crime

Posted: 10:50 PM, Jul 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-11 18:22:34Z

WEST ALLIS -- The West Allis Police Chief met with residents Tuesday night to talk about crime after a week of several high profile crimes.

Chief Patrick Mitchell said that crime in the city is down despite recent events. 

Residents like Tanya Gross showed up following last week’s sexual assault at McCarty Park .

“[I] just wanted to get some sense of what the chief was feeling in terms of safety there… I like to come here because I like to understand the bigger scope, is it exploding with crime or are we just hearing about it because of social media” said Gross. 

Mitchell compared April through June of this year to the same time last year and says that crime is down nearly 17.5 percent.

“The numbers for the city of West Allis year to date are really good,” said Mitchell.

On the recent sexual assault, Mitchell said “that is an incredibly unusual event for our city. We had one reported stranger sexual assault last year in our entire city.”

The chief meets with the public at these types of meetings every quarter. The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office is handling the sexual assault investigation at McCarty Park.