TWO AND A HALF TIMES NY'S MURDER RATE
Some chilling statistics in Jerry Slaske's piece in Sunday's paper.
"Milwaukee, the city that once billed itself as a great place to raise a family, now has a higher murder rate than Chicago, Los Angeles and New York - cities held up in these parts as cauldrons of crime.
In fact, Milwaukee's murder rate is almost 2.5 times that of New York City.
It might do well for those who select Milwaukee's next police chief to read an article in the August 2007 issue of Governing magazine titled "Bratton's Brigade."
It documents the progress of William Bratton subordinates who have gone their separate ways in police work. Bratton, of course, is credited with cleaning up New York City when he was that city's police chief in the 1990s. He's currently police chief of Los Angeles.
In the book, "The Turnaround: How America's Top Cop Reversed the Crime Epidemic," Bratton dismissed the notion that the job of police was to respond to crime.
"Crime, the theory went, was caused by societal problems that were impervious to police intervention," he wrote. "That was the unchallenged conventional wisdom espoused by academics, sociologists and criminologists. I intended to prove them wrong."
And he did. "