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

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

On Friday, April 13, 2018, the temperature was 36˚ with a wind child of 24˚. It was raining with winds of 20-30 mph. District One squads responded to a three vehicle accident at N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. & E. Michigan Ave, where the driver of the striking vehicle fled the scene on foot. The female subject was located behind the Discovery World Museum and had walked out on the aluminum dock to the far south end of the dock. The female subject jumped over the rail on the side of the break wall and into the water and later climbed up on the rocks. Officer Matthew Dresen maneuvered out onto the rocks with a life jacket toward the female. Officer Michael Stinson and Officer John Tietjen each put on wetsuit in the event that the female subject went back in the water. Officer Dresen made contact with the female subject and utilizing his professional communication skills managed to get the life jacket on her. Gaining additional compliance from the subject he was able to pull her further up the rocks away from the water. Officer Chris Peterson and Officer Luke Lee assisted on the docks in high wind and rain with the other officers to formulate a plan to get everyone back to safety. All officers spent a significant amount of time in the challenging weather conditions until Milwaukee Fire Department responded to assist with the subject. With the combined efforts of the officers on scene and MFD, the subject was brought to safety. The female subject was transported to the hospital for medical treatment and charged with OWI 1st offense.

Join us in recognizing the behind the scenes professionals who are responsible for getting you the help you need. One moment they may be answering a call for police and the next they may be talking someone through providing life saving CPR over the phone. These highly trained individuals take pride in the service they provide to callers in need. Mayor Tom Barrett, Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton, Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing and Police Chief Alfonso Morales gathered at the 911 Communications Center to thank telecommunicators and dispatchers today during National Telecommunications Week. A week dedicated to the women and men of 911 call centers across the nation.

Congratulations to MPD Officer Marty Gonzalez who is retiring from the force this week after 25 years. Officer Gonzalez is unique because he has spent his entire career at MPD District Five. Thank you Officer Gonzalez for your service to the City of Milwaukee and the residents of the North Side!

Fast Food, Quick Work: District Four Officers Make Quick Arrest of Robbery Suspect Officers from District Four of the Milwaukee Police Department made a quick arrest of a suspect wanted in an armed robbery at the KFC/Taco Bell in the 7200 block of N. Teutonia Avenue. Around 7:45 p.m. on April 7, a suspect entered the restaurant and pointed a gun at the employees. One of the employees immediately called 911 and gave police important details about the description of the suspect. The suspect demanded money from the register and jumped the counter. The suspect then chased the employees and stole personal belongings from an office before he fled from the scene. MPD squads arrived on the scene quickly and began searching for the suspect. The 26-year-old Milwaukee man was found after a short foot chase and was arrested. The suspect’s gun was recovered as well as the items belonging to the victims. This teamwork and communication by District Four officers led to the quick arrest of an armed and dangerous criminal. Great job by all involved!

Milwaukee Police teamed up with deputies from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office as well as troopers from the Wisconsin State Patrol to conduct Operation Truck Stop, a collaborative effort which takes place several times a year to inspect commercial vehicles. During a news conference Monday Joleen Tichelaar, told of the deadly consequences of poorly maintained trucks. Her husband Jay was killed in May 2017 when a brake drum broke off a truck traveling in front of his car on the freeway and crashed through his windshield. Officers, who are trained commercial vehicle inspectors, are on patrol specifically looking for traffic violations made by commercial vehicle drivers or obvious equipment violations. Officers then make a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver is informed to follow the squad to a makeshift inspection site that safely allows for a complete vehicle inspection with room for large semi-trucks to maneuver. Park-and-ride locations are often used. Unlike your personal vehicle, any commercial vehicle can be stopped at any time for inspection, however officers prefer to focus their efforts on vehicles with identifiable violations to stop for inspection, and not to stop a vehicle just because they can. As with your personal vehicle, you are less likely to be stopped if your license plate is properly displayed and your head lamps, tail lamps, brake lamps and turn signal lamps are all in working order. During an inspection officers may examine all of the following: driver's license, medical examiner's certificate and waiver, alcohol and drugs (if applicable), driver's record of duty status (as required), hours of service, seat belt, vehicle inspection report, as well as the brake system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, turn signals, brake lamps, tail lamps, head lamps, lamps on projecting loads, safe loading, steering mechanism, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, and weight. Vehicles inspected included tow trucks, dump trucks, small and large box trucks, semi trucks, and roll-off dumpster trucks. During the last inspection drivers were taken out of service for violations that prohibit them from driving a commercial vehicle. There were also seven trucks that had to rectify problems before belong allowed to leave. There was also a semi truck that had a perfect inspection.

In front of family and friends at the Police Academy Friday, Chief Alfonso Morales promoted the following members: Michael Brunson to Assistant Chief of Police Raymond Banks to Assistant Chief of Police Kenneth Justus to Detective Jerome Battles to Sergeant Also promoted was Robert Thiel to Lieutenant, who was unable to attend. Join us in congratulating them and wishing them well in their new role.

ICYMI: Casey Geraldo from TODAY'S TMJ4 shows how Milwaukee Police and Milwaukee County are working together through CART to help our fellow neighbors who are living with mental illness.

‪Congratulations to Interim Chief Alfonso Morales who was appointed today as Chief of Police until January 2020! ‬

Milwaukee Police are proud to welcome two new specialists to the department: K9 Rocker and K9 Brewer. Thanks to donations made by the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and Summerfest to the @MPD K9 Foundation, Milwaukee Police were able to acquire the two dogs. The K9 units help to secure the events in the City of Festivals and additional teams will allow us to increase our capacity. During a news conference Thursday morning at the new Milwaukee Bucks Arena, the dogs were introduced by Peter Feigin, Milwaukee Bucks’ president, Rick Schlesinger, Brewers’ COO, and Don Smiley, president and CEO of Summerfest. While the dogs rotate assignments and cover all venues, the Brewers’ K9 was appropriately name Brewer and Summerfest’s K9 is Rocker. Brewer is partnered with Office Scott Kaiser and Rocker is partnered with Brian Brosseau. The MPDK9 Foundation is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to provide financial support of the Milwaukee Police K9 Unit.

Major announcement at new arena this morning as Bucks, Brewers, and Summerfest donate money to Milwaukee Police Department K9 Foundation for two new K9s. We’re happy to have these new members on the team!

We never forget those officers who gave their lives in service to the community. Today, we honor Detective Harry Schmidt, killed in the line of duty on April 4, 1925. Detective Schmidt had two Chicago men under surveillance that were believed to be responsible for stealing cars. While he was questioning the men, he was shot to death in street. It is believed the men escaped to Chicago. Detective Harry Schmidt was 34 years old. We remember.

A great event coming up in a few weeks to help benefit the MPD K9 Foundation. We hope to see you there!

ICYMI: MPD Capt. Heather Wurth and Sgt. Sheronda Grant speak with WUWM Radio about how the Department's relationship with the community is improving even if it's not always seen.

As MPD continues to celebrate International Women's Month, we highlight Captain Aimee Obregon and her 25+ years of service. Captain Obregon has served as the Commander of the Sensitive Crimes Division since 2015. She joined the Milwaukee Police Department as a police aide in 1992, and was promoted to police officer in 1995. Prior to her current position, she was a Police Officer in District Three, a Sergeant at District Six and in the Office of Management Analysis and Planning, a Lieutenant in several Districts and the Technical Communications Division, and the Captain at the Police Academy. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice, a Master of Science degree in organizational leadership and a PhD from Cardinal Stritch University – School of Education. We're proud to have Captain Obregon as part of our team!

Congratulations to the 65 recruit officers sworn-in Monday morning at the Police Academy to begin their training. MaryNell Regan, Executive Director of the Fire and Police Commission, administered the Oath of Office. Chief Alfonso Morales, Acting Assistant Chief Raymond Banks and Captain Paul Formolo offered words of advice and encouragement as the new recruits embark on this vocation. Join us in congratulation them as they work to become one of Milwaukee’s Finest.

ICYMI: With nearly 150 years of experience between them, CBS58 highlighted some of the hard-working women of the Milwaukee Police Department. Click on the link to watch this fantastic piece!

The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to the community. Today we honor Police Officer Dennis J. Gorlewski who died in the line of duty on March 25, 1987. Police Officer Dennis Gorlewski was en route to a non-emergency call for police about 1:25 p.m. He stopped in the northbound lane of S. 35th St., preparing to turn left on W. National Ave., when he was struck by an eastbound dump truck that ran a red light. Several witnesses all reported that the dump truck was traveling at a high rate of speed and ran the red light before striking the officer. The force of the impact carried the motorcycle into a pickup truck and pushed them both into a light pole about 50 feet away. Officer Gorlewski was pinned beneath the front of the pickup truck. He was dead on arrival at the Milwaukee County Medical Complex. The collision occurred just two days after police motorcycles returned to the street from winter storage. Chief Ziarnik ended the practice of using motorcycles year round that winter. Police Officer Dennis Gorlewski was 50 years old and was appointed to the Milwaukee Police Department in 1960. He became part of the motorcycle unit in 1964. He left behind a wife and two children. We remember.

Things were “hoppin’” at the Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club on Friday as MPD hosted an early Easter celebration for local students. We hope everyone had a great time!

‪Congratulations to MPD Administrative Assistant Julie Gaszak on her retirement! Chief Morales honored her today for her 35+ years of service! ‬

Milwaukee Police Department Lieutenant Cassandra Libal and Clinician Erin Quandt (MSW, LCSW) talked with Audrey Nowakowski of WUWM Radio this week and discussed the Crisis Assessment Response Team. This collaboration between the Milwaukee Police Department and Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division is a unique partnership enabling police officers to take part in connecting our community to mental health care.

A great family event this Saturday with MPD District Five, The Home Depot and the Milwaukee Fire Department. We hope you can join us to learn how to keep your home safe!

The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to the community. Today we honor Police Officer James J. Rivers who died in the line of duty March 21, 1966. About 2:15 a.m. the suspect robbed the operator of a rooming house at 511 W. Galena St., where he once stayed. The suspect then went to his sister’s house at 3457 N. 13th St. Knowing who the suspect was, the operator called police and the man’s sister and told her what had happened. When the sister refused to let her brother in, he fired two shots into the air and left. Officers saturated the area. Officer Rivers saw the suspect attempting to get into a taxi in the 1100 block of West Burleigh. Officer Rivers called the man over to the squad car where they had a brief conversation and the suspect went back towards the taxi. Then Officer Rivers called him back to the squad car and told him to put his hands up. As the suspect did, he pulled a gun and shot Officer Rivers who returned fire. The suspect was hit in the chest. As another shot was fired from the suspect, Officer Rivers fell to the street. The suspect fled into an alley and tried to hide behind a utility pole, his pistol still in his hand was captured by other officers. Police Officer Rivers died at county general hospital at 8:20 a.m., about five and a half hours after a bullet from a .38 caliber ripped through his forehead. Police Officer James Rivers was 26 years old and had joined the Milwaukee Police Department as a police aide in 1957. He became a police officer in 1961. He had two children, a boy, 5, and a girl, 4. His wife was about six months pregnant.

The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to the community. Today we honor Detective James Lecher who died of his wounds March 21, 1943, one month after being shot. Detective Joseph Lecher died on March 21, 1943, one month after being shot twice when he cornered a burglar in a bedroom in the 5400 block of W. Wells St. Police received an anonymous call about a suspicious individual in a home where the owners were believed to be away. Four detectives responded to the house as they had been in search of a burglar believed to be responsible for more than 100 robberies. Two detectives remained outside while Detective Lecher and another Detective went into the home. Hearing a door slam, the detectives flung it open. Shots rang out from under a bed. Detective Lecher was struck and collapsed. The other detective took a dive to the floor and returned fired striking the suspect under the bed. The capture solved almost daily reports of burglaries on the West side. Detective Joseph Lecher was 36 years old and had been a member of the Milwaukee Police Department since May 23, 1933. He became a detective in April, 1941. He was married and had four children: Joseph, jr., 12; Beverly, 9; Frederick, 7, and Louis who was born 10 days before the shooting.

The Milwaukee Police Department never forgets those members who paid the ultimate price in service to the community. Today we honor two officers who were killed in the line of duty on March 19, 1985. At 9:30 a.m. on March 19th, 1985, Police Officer Rosario Collura and Police Officer Leonard Lesniewski were gunned down in an alley by a man who later said that he did it because he did not want to go back to jail. Collura and Lesniewski interrupted a drug deal at 17th and Center Streets. As the officers were frisking the four men, one of them stepped back, pulled a gun from his back pocket and shot both officers in the chest. Lesniewski was struck in the heart and died at the scene. Collura made it to the hospital and was expected to survive but died about six hours later from uncontrollable bleeding. Leonard Lesniewski was 48 years old and became an officer in March 1969. He moved to the 5th District in April 1984 after 15 years in District 4 on the Northwest Side. He served fours years in the Marine Corps and married his wife Carol when they were 23. They had two daughters. Rosario Collura was 39 years old. He was wounded once before in the line of duty. In 1973, he was one of four officers who were shot during a struggle with a prisoner in the garage of the 5th District. In that incident he was shot twice in the right leg. He was awarded a merit citation for performance above and beyond the call of duty. Collura had been assigned to the 5th District since his appointment in December 1966. It’s where he had grown up, lived at the time and eventually would die. Only two weeks earlier, he switched from the night shift to the day shift, where he thought he’d be safer. Collura was married and had three children—two girls and a boy. The shooter, Terrance Davis, 26 years old at the time of shooting, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to two life terms in prison.

“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” The local group Cops4Kidz is hosting a fun event tomorrow (Saturday 3/17) at MPD District Five. They want you to wear something Star Wars and get a free swag bag! Show up between 4-5 p.m. at the District (2920 N. 4th Street) and May the Force Be With You! **Note: One gift bag per household**