Police Services Challenge

Over the past 20 years, the South Milwaukee Police Department’s staffing level has decreased, despite a greater demand for officer time due to increases in crime and drug-related incidents including:

  • Burglaries
  • Thefts
  • Heroin overdoses


As a result, South Milwaukee is now well below the local and national average for the number of officers based on our population size. In addition, South Milwaukee has fewer officers per person than every other municipality in Milwaukee County, except Greenfield.

Additionally, there has been an increase in service calls beyond law enforcement’s traditional duties, including providing assistance to citizens with mental health and alcohol/drugs issues.  The complexities of these incidents require officers to spend more time on the scene, preventing them from fulfilling other duties.

After a comprehensive review of South Milwaukee’s public safety service needs, the City has identified a need to hire additional officers to fulfill all of the department’s response and preventative responsibilities.