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South Milwaukee Police Release Annual Report

It was a busy year for the South Milwaukee Police Department … and their 2014 annual report sums it up well.

Check it out here.

Success piled up, from the department’s successful certification efforts to the addition of body cameras for all officers to all of its efforts in the community, including Shop with a Cop, Justice for a Cure and Community Night Out, among others.

And while crime was up from 2014 in some key areas, longer term trends are still very good … and I am as convinced as ever that our police department is doing all it can to operate effectively with one of the smallest forces per capita in the region.

I thank them for their hard work.

As Chief Ann Wellens put it in the report …

The officers and the staff of the South Milwaukee Police Department take great pride in serving our community. It is their goal to provide the best service possible to the citizens of South Milwaukee. The data found in this Annual Report represents only a snapshot of the total activities of the members of the South Milwaukee Police Department over the past year. … The members of the South Milwaukee Police Department, working cooperatively with our citizens and elected officials, have met many difficult challenges during the past year. The future holds many new and different challenges. Members of the Police Department are dedicated to meeting those challenges with the support of the community and our elected officials. We will continue to work towards the safety and wellbeing of all citizens of South Milwaukee.


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Police: Walgreens Employee Injured During Robbery

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Update: Added an image of the suspect.

Scary stuff from the South Milwaukee Walgreens today.

From the South Milwaukee Police Department press release

On May 27, 2015, at 12:48pm, the South Milwaukee Police Department received a call of an armed robbery at Walgreens, located at 2985 South Chicago Avenue, in South Milwaukee.

Preliminary investigation shows that a black male, displaying a handgun, did obtain prescription medication from the pharmacy.  He also assaulted an employee of Walgreens during the robbery.  He was then seen exiting the store, running in a northwest direction.

An employee was struck in the head by the suspect, with the gun, suffering a non-life threatening injury. 

The South Milwaukee Police Department is currently investigating this incident.

I’ll keep you posted.

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Recognizing Our Police (And Citizen) Heroes

2015 police honorees

Tuesday’s South Milwaukee City Council meeting was one of my favorite ones of the year — our chance to recognize police officers and citizens for their life-saving and heroic acts, and all-around good work and partnership.

In all, six officers, one public safety officer, two auxiliary officers, three citizens and one business were honored with awards as part of National Peace Officers Week. Here is a full list of winners, and their stories.

I congratulate and thank all of them. Among the stories …

Investigator Hill – nominated by Officer Rivamonte

On December 20, 2014 at approximately 9:44pm the South Milwaukee Police Department took a report of a suicidal subject who had slashed his wrists and left his mother’s residence on bicycle.  Officers were given the general area of Grant Park to search for the subject who was in a mental health crisis.  After searching for a significant amount of time Investigator Hill located the subject’s bicycle hidden in some bushes; after searching the area he located the subject.  The subject was unconscious and bleeding from cuts to both wrists.  Investigator Hill provided immediate medical assistance to the subject.  Officers carried the subject to Lake Drive so the South Milwaukee Fire Department could treat his injuries.  If Investigator Hill had not continued to search for the subject he would have died in Grant Park that evening (it was cold 15 degrees and the subject was not properly clothed).                     

Officer Dews, Officer Fournier, PSO Maxim and Auxiliary Officer Ceparski – nominated by Officer McLean

On February 16, 2015 at approximately 3:27am the South Milwaukee Police Department received a 911 transfer call from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.  PSO Maxim was unable to speak with the 911 caller as the phone call ended prior to transferring.  PSO Maxim was unable to make contact with the 911 caller as calls went to voicemail.  PSO Maxim advised officers the 911 caller had reported he had fallen in the woods in Grant Park near the lagoon.  PSO Maxim looked up the 911 coordinates to assist in locating the caller.  Officers searched the area described by the 911 caller and found him lying on the snow covered ground.  The subject was unable to stand and officers carried him to the roadway where the South Milwaukee Fire Department took over and transported the man to St. Luke’s South Shore for medical treatment.  Had the officers not located the man he possibly would have died due to the cold weather conditions.

Mrs. Phylis Stoesser

Lt. Milow nominated Mrs. Stoesser for a Citizen’s Recognition Award for her actions on July 2, 2014.

On July 2, 2014 the South Milwaukee Police Department took a report of a missing elderly woman with early stage dementia/Alzheimer’s from the 1500 block of Manitowoc Avenue.  Mrs. Stoesser observed an elderly woman near her residence (1000 Block of N. Chicago) who appear confused and lost.  Mrs. Stoesser engaged the woman in conversation and then began to follow her as she continued to walk on N. Chicago.  Mrs. Stoesser notified the police department who upon arriving at the scene determine the elderly woman to be the one missing from the 1500 block of Manitowoc Avenue.  Mrs. Stoesser’s compassion and concern for the woman is commendable.

The department also honored longtime former auxiliary officer Kurt Olson for his volunteer service to the city, and Mike Wolf, manager of the South Milwaukee Walmart, for their support of the Shop with a Cop program and Community Night Out.


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Death Investigation Underway Following Report Of Accidental Shooting

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

At approximately 6:31 am the South Milwaukee Police Department Communications Center received a 911 call reporting an accidental shooting at a residence located in the 2500 block of Lake Shore Boulevard. Officers responded to the residence and located a victim who had been shot inside the residence. Life saving measures were attempted but were unsuccessful.

The South Milwaukee Police Department is currently conducting a death investigation.

There are no further details at this time.

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Partnering To Combat The Heroin Epidemic

The South Milwaukee Police Department is committed to fighting the battle against heroin in our community. And I stand with them.

One key front in that fight: education.

The department sent home a note and a flyer with more information on heroin abuse to all school parents last week. Here is the note …

Across the nation there is a growing heroin epidemic. Recently the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article titled “Heroin deaths in Milwaukee County jump 72%.” The South Milwaukee Police Department working together with the South Milwaukee School District is committed to protecting our youth and educating our parents regarding this epidemic.

 Through education, enforcement and working with the medical field we can fight this epidemic. It is a goal of the Police Department to partner with parents in an effort to stop this addiction.

 On the South Milwaukee Police Department website ( is educational information addressing the heroin epidemic. Please visit the South Milwaukee Police Department this educational information. Additional information can be found at

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Police: South Milwaukee Man Arrested After Confronting Officers With Firearm

Yet another reason to thank you to our police officers for all they do …

From the South Milwaukee Department:

On Thursday February 26, 2015 at about 8:00pm the City of South Milwaukee Police Department was called to a home in the 3200 Block of 15th Avenue in the City of South Milwaukee, for a report of a man making threats to his family that he was going to “Commit Suicide by Cop”.  The callers further reported that the man making these threats was in possession of an improvised firearm fashioned from a BB gun and a shotgun shell.

Upon arrival of the officers they were confronted by the man at the front door.  The man was brandishing what was later determined to be a BB gun with a live shotgun shell affixed to it.  The man ignored orders to drop the item and surrender but did eventually throw the object down and walk out of the residence toward officers, while telling the officers to shoot him.  The man did not comply with further directions to be taken safely into custody and an electronic control devise (ECD/Taser) was deployed on the subject.  The man was then forced into handcuffs and taken into custody.  The man stated that he tried to fire the weapon at the officers but threw it down when it failed to go off. 

The man continued to resist after he was taken into custody, kicking one officer in the chest. The man, a 23 year old resident of South Milwaukee, was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for medical examination.  No officers were injured to the point of seeking medical attention.  This matter will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office for possible criminal charges.     

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Wanted: For Alleged Attempted Armed Robbery At Walmart

allegedrobberFrom a South Milwaukee Police Department press release …

On January 7, 2015 at about 1:30pm, the SMPD received a call of an armed robbery which had just occurred at Walmart located at 222 N. Chicago Ave in South Milwaukee. A male suspect fled the store on foot prior to police arrival. Subsequent investigation revealed that nothing of value was taken, although a firearm was displayed. The area was checked with several officers including officers from the Cudahy PD, and a K9 unit from Franklin PD with negative results. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’3, thin build, unk age, wearing a tan mask up to his nose, blue jeans, a brown coat, red hoodie, white tennis shoes (possible Nike brand), and displayed a black handgun in his left hand as he approached the service counter. Subject fled on foot southbound from the store and then westbound on the south side of the building. Anyone having information on this suspect is asked to contact the South Milwaukee Police Department at 768-8060. Case officer is PO Darrell Mussatti 8am-4pm.

I’ll keep you posted. And thanks to our police department for their hard work in tracking this guy down.


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Three In Custody Following South Milwaukee High School Threat

Update: Check out coverage from TMJ 4, WISN and Fox 6.  

Here is the press release …

And great work by the South Milwaukee Police Department and the school district to get to the bottom of this.

Thankfully it was only a threat.


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Reminder: Winter Parking Restrictions Begin

Just a quick reminder that winter parking restrictions kick in on Monday …

From the South Milwaukee Police Department website:

During the period from December 1st to March 31st, no person shall park a vehicle on any street in the City of South Milwaukee between the hours of 3:00 AM and 6:00 AM.

However, vehicles may be parked during such hours if a permit is obtained from the Police Department …

Any vehicle parked in accordance with the above shall only be permitted to park on the EVEN numbered side of the street on those nights whose calendar date before midnight is even (N and W sides of the street are even), *Where parking is normally permitted only on one side of the street this section shall apply.

Learn more about buying a permit in my previous post.

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Police Nab Sex Offender Fugitive

Thanks again to the South Milwaukee Police Department for keeping us safe … more great work.

The press release …

On the evening of October 31st, 2014, SMPD received an anonymous call regarding the whereabouts of a felony sex offender fugitive that had been featured on Fox 6 that evening.  This person was being sought by the U.S. Marshals, along with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Corrections.  After verifying the offender, Christopher Perkins, might be staying with a girlfriend in the 600 block of Mackinac Ave, officers conducted a knock and talk at the residence.  Christopher Perkins was found inside the residence and surrendered without incident.  The South Milwaukee Police Department would like to thank our community partners for assisting in the recovery of this fugitive.

Here is that Fox 6 story.

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Winter Parking Permits On Sale Nov. 3

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

It is that time of year again…

Winter Parking Season will soon be upon us. Permits will go on sale starting November 3, 2014. Cost of the permit is $25.00 per month or $80.00 for the entire 4 month season. Any person who wishes to park a vehicle on the street between the hours of 3am and 6am must purchase a parking permit. Alternate side parking rules also apply. Winter parking is enforced 7 days a week.

Permits can be purchased at the Police Department Monday-Friday from 7am – 8pm. There will be no permit sales, or citation payments accepted, outside of these hours OR on weekends and Holidays. (Holidays this season are Nov. 27, Nov. 28, Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and Jan.1) **NOTE***The Thanksgiving Holiday falls on November 27 and 28 which means that residents will have to purchase their December permits prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday in order to have them in time for the beginning of winter parking regulations on December 1, 2014.

PLEASE PLAN AHEAD, get your permits early. Parking permission will not be given because you did not have time to purchase a permit. Please come in early and get your permit purchased before the Thanksgiving Holiday.



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Well-Deserved Recognition For Our Police Department

SMPD accreditationThe South Milwaukee Police Department continues to deliver. But don’t take my word for it.

Consider that of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, which has once again accredited our department following a rigorous review of the SMPD earlier this year. It is the fifth time the department has been accredited, the most in the state, and the department is one of less than 50 in the state to be going through the accreditation process.

The department was recognized at our City Council meeting Tuesday night.

WILEAG exists to “promote excellence and professionalism in policing” and includes 237 standards it promotes with local police departments. From the accreditation report:

The assessors were in agreement that the South Milwaukee Police Department is an excellent example of a WILEAG approved law enforcement agency; and is why they are sought out by law enforcement agencies for guidance when looking to become WILEAG accredited.

SMPD follows their Mission Statement: “We, the members of the South Milwaukee Police Department, are dedicated to providing a proactive, full service department that enhances the quality of life in our community by reducing crime through the protection of life and property”.

Central to their mission is a set of values that guide their work and decisions which allow them to make significant contributions to improving the quality of life in South Milwaukee; those values are: Human Life, Integrity, themselves, Excellence, Cooperation, Accountability, Laws and the Constitution. …

Reflecting on their proofs of compliance, feedback from the community and professional associates, and our observations of the agency, the team concluded unanimously that the department had achieved compliance with the applicable standards established by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group.

Congratulations to the SMPD!

Pictured above, from left to right, are South Milwaukee Chief Ann Wellens; Stan Stojkovic, professor and dean of the UWM Helen Bader School of Social Welfare; Lt. Pete Jaske and Capt. Jill Kallay.


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Crime Alert: Vehicle Break-Ins

Just in from the South Milwaukee Police Department …

During the past few days, the SMPD has received reports of vehicles being entered and rummaged through.  To help keep your property safe, remember to remove your valuables from your car when you leave it.  Purses, phones, wallets, GPS units, etc., left on seats in plain view are easy targets.  It takes the same amount of time to break a window as it does to open a door (several of these incidents involved unlocked cars) so relying on locking the doors will not ensure your property will remain where it belongs!  

If you see people looking into cars, or pulling on car door handles, call to report it.  Please provide as detailed a description of what you saw and you you saw doing it. 

To get on the SMPD’s Crime Alert email list, email Officer Mike Hill at

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Crime Headlines: Tactical Situation In South Milwaukee Ends Peacefully

For those wondering about the tactical situation in South Milwaukee today, here is a quick update from police …

This morning at about 9:00am the South Milwaukee Police Department received a report of an armed and suicidal subject in a residence in the 400 block of Bay Heights Rd. After successful negotiations the subject peacefully exited the residence and was taken into custody at approximately 2:35pm. There is no further information at this time.

Also, NOW has published new police blotters here and here.


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Police Department Can Help You Avoid Being A Crime Victim

From the South Milwaukee Police Department:

Protect yourself before it’s too late.

We as individuals can take a number of steps to keep our homes and businesses secure to reduce the chances of becoming the victim of a crime. We can do this sometimes with little effort and little cost.

For a crime to happen and for you to be a victim, 3 elements need to be present. Those are the Desire, Opportunity, and Ability to commit a crime. We as individuals can only control one of the three and that is the Opportunity. A good Physical Security plan for your home or business is the best way to reduce or eliminate a criminal’s opportunity to make you the victim of a crime. The question is, do you want to do something to avoid being a victim now…or wait until after you have been a victim?

As a service to our homeowners and business owners, the South Milwaukee Police Department offers FREE Physical Security Evaluations of your property. This will include an in-depth evaluation, some additional helpful tips, and a report you get a copy of.

For information, or to set up your evaluation, please call the South Milwaukee Police at 414-768-8060 and ask for Officer Brian Fleming 8am-4pm or Mike Hill 4pm-12am.


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