Police and Fire Commission Chooses Next Police Chief: William Jessup

The South Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission has chosen our next Police Chief: longstanding Milwaukee Police Department leader William Jessup, who was officially sworn in on January 16th.

Jessup was with the Milwaukee Police Department for 27 years and most recently served as an assistant chief for MPD, heading its Investigations & Intelligence and Risk Management Bureaus, which include the Training Academy, Human Resources, Information Technology, Communications, Internal Affairs, Public Relations, and budgeting.  Mr. Jessup has commanded MPD’s District 7 operations on the city’s northwest side, and has previously served as an MPD inspector, deputy inspector, lieutenant, detective and officer.

Jessup also has personal ties to the South Shore, having grown up in Cudahy, and working as a paid on call firefighter and emergency medical technician there before beginning his professional career in law enforcement.

William Jessup is replacing Ann Wellens, who is retiring after 28 years on the SMPD, including 12 as its chief. We wish Ann well, and welcome Bill to South Milwaukee.

Well-Deserved Recognition For Our Police Department

SMPD accreditationThe South Milwaukee Police Department continues to deliver. But don’t take my word for it.

Consider that of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, which has once again accredited our department following a rigorous review of the SMPD earlier this year. It is the fifth time the department has been accredited, the most in the state, and the department is one of less than 50 in the state to be going through the accreditation process.

The department was recognized at our City Council meeting Tuesday night.

WILEAG exists to “promote excellence and professionalism in policing” and includes 237 standards it promotes with local police departments. From the accreditation report:

The assessors were in agreement that the South Milwaukee Police Department is an excellent example of a WILEAG approved law enforcement agency; and is why they are sought out by law enforcement agencies for guidance when looking to become WILEAG accredited.

SMPD follows their Mission Statement: “We, the members of the South Milwaukee Police Department, are dedicated to providing a proactive, full service department that enhances the quality of life in our community by reducing crime through the protection of life and property”.

Central to their mission is a set of values that guide their work and decisions which allow them to make significant contributions to improving the quality of life in South Milwaukee; those values are: Human Life, Integrity, themselves, Excellence, Cooperation, Accountability, Laws and the Constitution. …

Reflecting on their proofs of compliance, feedback from the community and professional associates, and our observations of the agency, the team concluded unanimously that the department had achieved compliance with the applicable standards established by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group.

Congratulations to the SMPD!

Pictured above, from left to right, are South Milwaukee Chief Ann Wellens; Stan Stojkovic, professor and dean of the UWM Helen Bader School of Social Welfare; Lt. Pete Jaske and Capt. Jill Kallay.