Milwaukee legislators speaking out about bus safety concerns
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MILWAUKEE- Six teens brutally attacked a young mother on a bus last Thursday on a county bus- the latest in a string of attacks.
The incident at 35th and and Fond Du Lac last Thursday is the latest in a string of attacks. It has everyone from county supervisors to city aldermen speaking out. "I think we're seeing a breach in public safety on our buses which is unacceptable," said Milwaukee County Supervisor Eyon Biddle. "I think the sheriff and police chief should get together and talk about these issues," added Alderman Bob Donovan.
Milwaukee Police officers are now boarding buses and monitoring bus stops. This comes after the Sheriff David Clarke said he didn't have the resources due to budget cuts to curb the violence.
Taxpayers are reminded the county pays G4S, formerly known as Wackenhut, $940,000 a year to provide bus security. "We really need to look at what's going on. What is Wackenhut's response to these incidents? We gave them contract we need to hold them accountable," added Supervisor Biddle.
TODAY'S TMJ4 went to the security company's downtown office to get answers. But TODAY'S TMJ4 were told the general manager and operations directors were both out of the office today.
But some are wondering why taxpayers should be paying twice, especially if MPD officers are now patrolling the buses. "Should that money that's going to Wackenhut, is it being used wisely? Should it maybe come to MPD? Are we the better agency to patrol on a consistent basis?" added Alderman Donovan.
G4S did release the following statement to TODAY'S TMJ4: "G4S Secure Solutions helps provide security on county buses through a contract with the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS). We work closely with MCTS and all local law enforcement organizations in the county to prevent incidents on buses and to address those that do occur. We will continue to work with them to address the issues that have arisen in the last couple of weeks to help ensure the safety of the citizens of Milwaukee County."