In an effort to strengthen and build the mutual trust between the Milwaukee Police Department and the communities it serves, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn announced on Tuesday he is requesting a Collaborative Reform Initiative with the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
In a letter to the Department of Justice, Chief Flynn stated there is room for improvement at MPD and looks forward to working with the DOJ to “establish mutual goals for this initiative, including comprehensive assessments of key areas like use of force, training, discipline and accountability, community perspectives, recruitment and hiring, and the handling of mass demonstrations and protests, among others.” During the Chief’s eight-year tenure, MPD has committed itself to a vision where all citizens of Milwaukee can live safely and with fear and are protected by a police department with the highest ethical and professional standards.
The DOJ initiative was created in 2011 to improve trust between agencies and the community they serve and selected agencies must make changes to the reforms that are presented to them.
The request from Chief Flynn comes on the heels of the November 9 announcement that MPD received its accreditation status from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group. MPD was required to comply with 226 standards in order to gain accreditation status and is only one of a few dozen law enforcement agencies in the State of Wisconsin to achieve this.