Alderman offers solution to reduce crime

CREATED Apr 23, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan said the city needs to hire more police officers  to reduce crime.

He claims money for those officers could come from selling city owned parking structures.

"Perhaps if we were to sell them, that would generate the money that we could use to really improve on our safety, and to me that's what's most critical," he said.

Donovan said the city could immediately hire 100 new police officers if it sold the parking garages.

Donovan also plans on launching a new safety campaign Wednesday -- "Operation Alley Cat."

It will put surveillance cameras in selected alleys around the city.

The cameras are privately funded and footage from them will be monitored by police.

Donovan and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke plan to discuss the program Wednesday afternoon.