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Milwaukee Police Chief and Police Union President aren't on same page for union requests

CREATED Oct. 20, 2011 - UPDATED: Oct. 20, 2011

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MILWAUKEE- Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn and Milwaukee Police Union President Mike Crivello aren't on the same page when it comes to police union requests.

During the raw interview of Police Chief Flynn, Flynn told John Mercure, "current leadership of the union has a particular strategy, that strategy seems to be to undermine confidence and the ability of the police department."

Flynn went on to say the union leadership represents, "some interests," and added that the police union has "never come into my office to demand anything for their rank and file."

Those statement came as a shock Thursday to Milwaukee Police Union President Mike Crivello.

Crivello tells John Mercure of Wisconsin's Afternoon News, that he has spoken to the Police Chief and has "publicly demanded for things that would put our officers in a better position to continue their service to the city."

Crivello added that Chief Flynn knows the police union was unhappy with the fact that police officers were furloughed while police cars were getting painted.

He says his strongest cry is to get more cops on the street.

He says the department needs to get away from the single-man cars that are in the most dangerous parts of the city in the most dangerous times of the day.

"We consistently have advocated for rank and file, while that man, the chief (Chief Flynn), is being divisive or attempting to be divisive either amongst the associations or within the associations, and that's unconscionable."

Crivello also talked about the pending contract extension for Police Chief Flynn.