Milwaukee mayor pledges more officers, larger police budget
MILWAUKEE (AP) -
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the city plans to hire more officers and give police more money after a deadly month.
Barrett said Friday the Police Department budget "will be significantly larger than this year's budget." He also says the city will be funding "multiple classes of new officers."
Barrett says the final numbers are not known yet, since his administration is still working on next year's budget.
Milwaukee recorded 24 homicides in August - the highest monthly total since July 1991, when the victims of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer were discovered.
Barrett told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the city's Office of Violence Prevention is expected to launch a new initiative within the next month. He says city government and the Police Department "need help in tackling these issues."