Milwaukee Police Department

  • Agency: Milwaukee Police Department
  • Address: 749 W. State Street, Milwaukee, 53233 WI
  • Chief: Edward A Flynn (Chief of Police)
Phone: 414-933-4444
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Milwaukee Police Department is located at 749 W. State Street, Milwaukee, 53233 WI. The Chief of Police of the department is Edward A Flynn. The Milwaukee Police Department phone number is 414-933-4444.

Milwaukee Police Department News

In a room packed with family and friends, Chief Edward Flynn promoted 17 members of the Department. Promoted from Office Assistant I to Office Assistant II was Philicia McHenry and Kelly Carr. Promoted to Office Assistant IV was Office Assistant II Ingrid Cuevas. Promoted to the rank of Detective were Police Officers Thaddeus Schimmels, Andrew Marx, Michael Flannery, Matthew Bughman, Andrew Bell, and Sergeant Debbie Allen. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant were Sergeants William Walsh and Steven Johnson. Promoted to the rank of Sergeant were Police Officers Robert Smith, William Schmitz, Carrie Pocernich, Juan Lopez and Justin Jolliff. Promoted to the rank of Latent Print Examiner is Forensic Investigator Benjamin Hurley.

The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to the community. Today we honor Acting Detective George Raabe who was killed in the line of duty November 2, 1937. Detective George Raabe was shot and killed and two policemen were wounded as a gun battle raged over two floors at the main plant of the Luick Dairy at 1132 North 6th Street. One bandit was killed. A second man was captured and a third was identified as the gunman who killed Raabe. It is believed that the bandit waited in the shadows of the darkened first floor and when Raabe reached the lower landing he opened fire, killing him. Police were seeking the gunman and two accomplices who had forced the combination of the safe from the company cashier at his home. All five men were believed to be a Chicago gang who had planned the robbery for two months. About noon a tip came into police who rushed to a Ninth Street apartment and found the bloodied gunman in bed and the other two accomplices. They were arrested without incident. The wounded gunman was taken to the hospital where he admitted to killing Det. Raabe. Detective Raabe, 36, was the 24th member of the Milwaukee Police Department to be killed in the line of duty. He was born Oct 10, 1901 and joined the force May 27, 1929. Detective Raabe left behind a widow and 6 children: Richard, 14; Charles, 13; Tommy, 9; William, 7; George Jr., 5, and Grace, 4. We remember.

Congratulations to MPD Lt. Cassandra Libal as she was awarded the Community Partners Award by the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division. The award was presented during a ceremony on November 1 at Milwaukee County Behavioral Health. The award recognized Lt. Libal for her work in the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and for advocating for patients in a professional manner. We're proud of the work Lt. Libal has done as well as all of our CIT members!

Milwaukee Police are asking the public’s help in reuniting a stolen dog with its owner. The dog, a 1 ½ year-old female named ‘Fluffy’, was stolen from the 2300 block of W. Burnham Street around 2:30 p.m. on October 14. The suspect, a 26-year-old Milwaukee man, has been arrested and charged with Theft of Domestic Animal but is not forthcoming about the dog’s whereabouts. Pictures of ‘Fluffy’ are attached to this e-mail and anyone with information is asked to call Milwaukee Police District Two at 414-935-7221.

The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to the community. Today we honor Police Officer Albert Kohn, who died in the line of duty on October 29th, 1975. Standing on his traffic post at Wisconsin Acenue and Water Street, Officer Kohn heard the description of a Chicago man wanted for armed robbery broadcast on his radio. Officer Kohn spotted the man and arrested him. As Officer Kohn was calling for a patrol wagon to pick up the prisoner, the man broke free and bolted. Officer Kohn gave chase. A few blocks later while running up the ramp of a parking garage, Officer Kohn collapsed. Responding backup officers captured the suspect and Kohn was taken to St. Mary’s hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officer Albert Kohn was 44 years old with 22 years of service on the Milwaukee Police Department. He left behind a wife and daughter. We remember.

Children from the community celebrated Halloween with a haunted house, food and resource fair with District 7 Officers at the District 7 police station.

The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to the community. Today we honor Richard E. Wagner, who died in the line of duty October 25th, 1990. Officer Richard Wagner was on foot chasing a suspected auto thief who had bailed from the car at the intersection of North 15th Ave and West Columbia Streets, shortly before 1 A.M. The suspect eluded Wagner and when he returned to his squad car, Wagner collapsed. He was rushed to the hospital and despite tremendous effort, doctors could not revive him. Officer Wagner died of a heart attack. Officer Wagner was to receive a meritorious duty citation on November 18th, for pulling a wounded officer from the line of fire during a shootout the previous May. Police Chief Philip Arreola gave the award posthumously. Officer Richard Wagner was appointed to the Milwaukee Police Department on November 19, 1973. He was 41 years when he died and was survived by his wife Donna; two sons aged 15 and 13 years, and a 9-year-old daughter. We remember.

The owner of the photos has been located! Thanks to all who called and helped.

UPDATE: We have located the owner of the photos. Thank you for your assistance in identifying him. Milwaukee Police were given a quantity of personal photos, picturing the owner with professional athletes. The owner has not been identified and we would like to reunite the photos with him. Anyone with information is asked to call 414-935-7209.

The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to our community. Today, we honor our fallen brother killed in the line of duty in 1959. Sgt. Raymond Nencki died October 5th, 1959, at County General Hospital after a two-week fight for his life. On September 23rd, police were called to 63rd and Capital because of a man behaving oddly, going door-to-door. When approached by police in the alley, the man pulled a gun and shot Sgt. Nencki twice. His partner was able to return fire, killing the man. The suspect was later identified as the man who killed the wife of the vice-principal of Brown Street School a day earlier. Attending physicians said death was due to an infection that set in almost immediately after one of the two .38 caliber bullets had torn through his colon. Sgt. Nencki received 72 pints of blood in transfusions. Sgt. Raymond Nencki was 38 years old and had served with the Milwaukee Police Department for 11 years, following his service in the Army. He was made sergeant November 7, 1953. Sgt. Nencki was married and had a step-daughter. We remember.

162nd ANNIVERSARY OF THE MILWAUKEE POLICE DEPARTMENT The Milwaukee Police Department was officially formed October 4, 1855. The included photo is the oldest known photo of Milwaukee Police Officers taken sometime in the first few years. Also pictured is William Beck, the first Chief of Police, and his badge which is proudly on display at the Police Academy. Beck was also the 4th and 6th Chief of the Milwaukee Police Department. When the Village of Milwaukee was founded in 1834, it had a town marshal. When Milwaukee became a city in 1846, it had a city marshal. At that time, most of the crime fighting was served by Sheriff’s Office, which tried to keep crime down, but the rapidly growing Milwaukee with a huge flow of immigrants was too much for the Sheriff and his deputies to handle. In 1853 Herman L. Page, who later became MPD's third Chief, was elected Sheriff. He knew a farmer named William Beck living near Granville who had been a detective on the New York police force. Page made Beck a deputy sheriff and told him to get busy catching thieves. Beck caught a lot of them but lawlessness continued, and citizens began demanding their own dedicated police force. On September 3, 1855, Alderman Powers introduced an ordinance for the creation of a police force. The ordinance was printed in the official papers of the city the next day. After some amending the ordinance passed and on October 4, 1855, officially creating the Milwaukee Police Department. William Beck was chosen Chief of Police by Mayor James B. Cross and given the unanimous vote of the Common Council. His salary was $800 per year. The first policemen were Fred Keppler, John Hardy, George Fischer, James Rice, Lawrence Ryan, William Garlic and James Smith who were paid $460 per year. Lawlessness and social misconduct reached such proportions in the 19th century that the State Legislature in 1855 authorized Milwaukee County to build a penal institution to be called “The House of Refuge,” the first house of corrections. Also in 1855 Milwaukee, German immigrant Friedrich Eduard Johannes Müller, founded the Miller Brewing Company.

The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to our community. Today, we honor our fallen brother killed in the line of duty in 1899. Officer John Kassow was killed on September 30, 1899. He was beaten to death with his own baton after being called to a residence near 25th and Orchard for a family trouble. Officer Kassow was born August 2nd, 1864, and was appointed to the Milwaukee Police Department March 1st, 1890. He left behind a pregnant wife and two young children. We remember. In 2014, onmilwaukee.com posted a story of Officer Kassow's death on their website. It provides some personal details as to the family's loss of this fine man. The story can be found here: http://onmilwaukee.com/buzz/articles/kossow.html

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The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to our community. Today, we honor our fallen brother killed in the line of duty in 1970. Patrolman George Fish died on September 22, 1970, of a massive infection, one month after being wounded in a shootout during a holdup at the Ranch House Tavern at 1900 W. St. Paul Avenue on August 21st. Fish was struck in the chest by a .38 caliber bullet that had passed through the body of one of the suspects. In the heat of battle with the armed suspects, Fish’s partner fired the shot as one of the suspects aimed a shotgun at him. Patrolman George Fish was 29 years old and had served with the Milwaukee Police Department for 8 years. We remember

The Milwaukee Police Department on Tuesday received body armor, ballistic helmets and specialized bomb squad kits valued at $13,981 from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The awarded body armor and ballistic helmets will protect bomb technicians in the line of duty during emergency situations, while the bomb squad kits will ensure they are able to combat improvised explosive devices, allowing the department to keep their community safe. This grant award will also allow the department’s bomb squad to successfully integrate with the SWAT team, enhancing the safety of Milwaukee residents, as well as those in surrounding areas. Today's announcement was made at the Firehouse Subs location on Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa. The Milwaukee Police Department Hazardous Devices Unit protects no only the City and County of Milwaukee but also responds to calls in the nine county region. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to our community. Today, we honor our fallen brother killed in the line of duty in 1904. On September 15, 1904, Patrolman Ernest Johnson was killed between two railcars at the Northwestern train yards while in search of vagrants. According to a newspaper account at the time, Patrolman Johnson and his partner were in the yard watching for “vags and tramps” stealing rides on trains or sleeping in freight cars. It is believed that Johnson crept between boxcars to watch an outbound train when he was crushed. Patrolman Ernest Johnson was 35 years old and had served with the Milwaukee Police Department for 4 years. He left behind a wife and daughter. We remember.

Mark your calendar and join Milwaukee Police District 2 for their annual Open House! We hope to see you there on Sunday from 12-3!

The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to our community. Today, we honor our fallen brother killed in the line of duty in 1996. The same date as another officer killed two years earlier. On Saturday, September 7, 1996, Police Officer Wendolyn Tanner was shot and killed during a foot chase of a known felon and parole violator that he and his partner were attempting to arrest. Officer Tanner and his partner observed a suspect wanted on a warrant in the area of North 20th Street and West Hampton Avenue. As they approached the suspect, he fled on foot. During the chase, the suspect fired several shots at the officers. Officer Tanner was struck three times, killing him. One bullet entered below his armpit, between the panels of his vest. Another stuck him in the stomach below the vest. The third bullet struck his arm. Officer Tanner's partner returned fire striking the suspect who was later taken into custody after officers followed his blood trail. Officer Tanner was 29 years old and had served with the Milwaukee Police Department for 4 years. He was survived by his expectant fiancée. We remember

The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to our community. Today, we honor our fallen brother killed in the line of duty 23 years ago. Police Officer William Robertson was shot and killed just 15 minutes into his shift, in the early hours of September 7, 1994, when a bullet was fired into the police van he was riding in at N. 24th and W. Brown Streets in a random and unprovoked attack. Officer Robertson had graduated from the Police Academy only six months prior and was still in field training when he was struck by gun fire while on patrol. Robertson was sitting on the passenger side of the van which was being driven by his partner, a 10-year veteran officer who was training Robertson. As they turned south onto 24th Street, the shot rang out. The bullet pierced the driver’s side of the van and traveled across to the passenger area and struck Robertson from behind in the left shoulder area. The ambush was undertaken by two suspects. One of the men was standing on a corner next to a stop sign. When the van approached, he signaled to the second suspect who was hiding in a nearby vacant lot. The second suspect fired a rifle shot into the van, striking Officer Robertson. Both men were convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Officer Robertson was 31 years old and married. His wife was seven months pregnant with twins at the time. He had also worked as a police officer for Whitefish Bay for six years before joining the Milwaukee Police Department. We remember

Come join MPD District 5 for their National Night Out Celebration--Thursday 8/31 from 4-8 p.m. at Gordon Park! Hope to see you there!

The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to our community. Today, we honor our fallen brother killed in the line of duty in 1948. Police Officer Elmer W. Bates was struck by an automobile on August 20th, 1948, and hurled 10 feet into the air as he crossed Lincoln Memorial Drive opposite the North Point pumping station, in answer to another motorist’s call for assistance. The car then rolled over him. Bates suffered a head injury, leg and jaw fractures and severe cuts. He died three days later on August 23rd. Officer Bates was 42 years old and married. We remember

The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to the community. Today we honor Traffic Officer Charles W. Gudgell who was killed in the line of duty on August 22, 1916. Traffic Officer Charles W. Gudgell was run down by an automobile at Eight Street and Grand Avenue (now known as Wisconsin Avenue) around 10:45 on August 22, 1916. He was pronounced dead at Emergency Hospital 25 minutes later having suffered from several broken ribs and a crushed chest. The out of town driver was unfamiliar with the rules of the road in Milwaukee, which may have played a part in the accident. Officer Gudgell's death became part of the national movement for having standardized driving regulations and to require operators to pass a driving test. Officer Charles Gudgell, 33, was born Feb 6, 1883 in Sheffield, IL. He served with the Milwaukee Police Department for nearly six years having been appointed on November 1, 1910. He was married at the time of his death. We remember.

The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to our community. Today, we honor our fallen brother killed in the line of duty in 1930. Patrolman Hilbert Thurow was struck down as he directed traffic at 27th and Townsend on August 22nd, 1930. A truck is said to have made a sudden left turn at the intersection, striking an automobile. The lighter car was flung towards the officer and a pedestrian throwing them to the ground. Officer Thurow was knocked unconscious as he struck the pavement. He died hours later in County Emergency hospital of a fractured skull. Officer Hilbert Thurow was 37 years old and married with two children. He had been a member of the Milwaukee Police Department since 1926. We remember

The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to our community. Today, we honor our fallen brother killed in the line of duty in 1989. Officer Steven J. Hasenstab died August 19th, 1989, at Froedtert Hospital from injuries sustained in a crash on August 8th, at 27th and Vine, while in pursuit of a stolen vehicle. Officer Hasenstab was a 1979 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where he studied law enforcement. He was 33 years old and left behind a wife and daughter. We remember.

The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to our community. Today, we honor our fallen brother killed in the line of duty in 1975. Patrolman Dennis O'Bradovich was shot and killed when four suspects robbed Bryants Cocktail Lounge at 1579 S. 9th Street. He was off-duty and at the lounge with a fellow officer and two female companions when the robbers entered and announced a hold-up. O'Bradovich announced himself as a police officer and at least one of the robbers began shooting. He was struck seven times, but managed to return fire and wound one of the assailants. Two of the suspects were arrested as they ran from the bar and two more, along with a 17 year old girl believed to be the getaway driver, were arrested later in the day. Patrolman Dennis O'Bradovich was 30 years old and had been on the force for 6 years. We remember.