Grant money could put even more MPD officers on the streets

CREATED Oct 31, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Some city leaders have been pushing for more police on the streets, and it looks like that could actually be happening.

Ten new officers could be added to the MPD force with money that could come from a $1.25 million federal grant. But that would only cover half the cost of hiring the new officers.

Due to the increase in violence on Milwaukee's streets, Mayor Tom Barrett proposed hiring 100 new officers in this year's budget. These 10 would be in addition to that.

According to the Journal Sentinel, the mayor needs to get the approval from the Common Council to accept the Justice Department's grant money. The mayor will discuss his entire budget with them on Friday.

If Barrett's plan is given the green light, that would mean 110 new officers. Alderman Micheal Murphy would like to go even further and hire an additional 10 officers using taxpayer money.