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On Crossing Guards

You may have seen that the South Milwaukee City Council voted last week to enter into a contract with a firm to handle school crossing guard duties.

I agree with that decision.

In working with Twin City Security Inc., we are joining communities like Cudahy, West Allis, Wauwatosa, Waukesha and Shorewood who have decided that the best way to deliver this service is by partnering with a third-party firm to do it.

For South Milwaukee, it was a difficult choice, but the right one as we continue to look for more efficient ways to deliver our services.

There are seven school crossing guards in all, and, until the new contract, all were hired and managed by the South Milwaukee Police Department. The city funds four of them. The school pays the city back for the services of the other three. Going forward, Twin City will supply the guards, removing the burden of managing the program from the police department.

The SMPD has long managed to do more with less. The numbers don’t lie — on a per-resident basis, we have the smallest department in the area. And we must manage those resources closely, ensuring the department is delivering on its core responsibilities in every way possible. Managing the crossing guard program took away from that.

Day-to-day oversight of the program — from hiring to firing to payroll to dealing with absences and the like — has proven more and more time-consuming. The program literally has taken patrol officers of the street; at times, officers have had to man crossing guard stations to fill in for guards away from work. That is not acceptable to me.

No one is saying crossing guards are unimportant. However, when balanced with the other duties our police department performs, we feel this is the right move, especially with contracted program costs being similar to our internal costs.

I want to thank all of our guards for their service.

I know some have become local institutions, and we are honoring one of them — Helga Allen, stationed near E.W. Luther for many years — during our police awards ceremony at our May 17 council meeting.

All have also been offered a chance to apply at Twin City, and I hope they do.


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Three Injured In Grant Park Crash; OWI Suspected

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

On January 18, 2016, SMPD Officers were dispatched to a single car accident in Grant Park.  Officers located a vehicle, approximately 80 feet from the roadway, off Grant Park Drive and into the woods, near the south end of the “S-Curves.” 

The three occupants of the vehicle, all adults from Milwaukee, were transported to the hospital for evaluation and treatment of non-life-threatening, injuries.

The 32 year old driver is being investigated on suspicion of Operating While Intoxicated.

The South Milwaukee Police Department reminds motorists to drive sober, wear their seatbelts at all times, and obey speed limits to prevent motor vehicle accidents. 

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35-Year-Old Man Killed In South Milwaukee Car Crash

Tragic news today. From the South Milwaukee Police Department:

On December 19, 2015 at 6:38am, the South Milwaukee Police Department responded to the intersection of 10th Avenue (Hwy 32) and Marquette Avenue for a report of a single car crash. The vehicle had traveled through the intersection and struck a fire hydrant, a traffic light standard, and then a utility pole at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was eastbound in the westbound lane at the time of the crash. The sole occupant of the vehicle was a 35 yr old male who was still in his seat belt and breathing at the time of police arrival. The South Milwaukee Fire Department responded and Flight for Life was requested. The subject died in the ambulance at the scene and Flight was cancelled. The crash is still under investigation at this time and the SMPD is being assisted by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department in reconstruction efforts. 

The victim was identified as David K. Kelly of Waukesha.

Please keep the victim’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Fraud Alert: Scary Scam Alleges Abduction

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

SMPD has received some reports from citizens who are being called by an unknown person claiming that a relative of the citizen has been in an accident and is now being held against their will by the caller and his associates. The caller threatens bodily harm to the person they claim to be holding if the citizen does not produce money or if they hang up the phone.

The scammer …tries to keep the citizen on the phone with them while directing them to obtain cash and bring it to a specific drop off location. Many times the scammer will be vague in their description of the relative they claim to have abducted (they will give vague physical characteristics and/or vehicle) which then causes the citizen to fill in information. This makes it appear that the suspect/caller knows details about that relative. In the reports that we have taken on incidents of this type the relative who was alleged to have been held hostage was contacted and found to be fine, never abducted, and knew nothing about any accident or situation.

This is not a new scam and is one that has been seen in many jurisdictions. If you receive a call of this type, please contact the police. Calls have been reported to have come in to both cell phones as well as land line phones.


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Shopping With A Cop, And Shopping Local

Just a quick shout out to organizers and supporters of two great events on Saturday that showed how our community steps up around the holidays.

First, thanks to Walmart for making Christmas a little merrier for eight local families through the Shop with a Cop program. And thanks to the South Milwaukee Police Department for stepping up to bring this program to our city. Our city workers give back to the community they serve, and that’s inspiring to see.

Also, thanks to everyone who helped put on the South Milwaukee Christmas Market on Saturday, for South Milwaukee High School for serving as welcome hosts. With more than 80 vendors, this was the biggest and best indoor market yet.

Check out more photos from both events on my mayoral Facebook page.

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Winter Parking Permits For Sale

Restrictions begin Dec. 1.

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

As a reminder, please be advised that winter parking permits have been available for purchase at the police department since Nov 1. Winter parking permits are required to park on city streets Dec 1 to March 31 from 3am-6am. Permits cost $25 per month for the 4 months, but a 4 month season permit can be purchased for only $80 for a savings of $20. Permits can only be purchased at the police department 7am-8pm, Monday thru Friday. Permits are not available for purchase on weekends or holidays, so please plan ahead. The police department urges residents to obtain your permit(s) early to avoid long lines for the end of the month rush. More information can be found on the SM City website at www.smwi.org within the “city departments” tab under “police department”, or at the SMPD website at www.smpolice.com within the “parking permits & regulations” tab.

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Evacuation After Car Crashes Into Home, Ruptures Gas Meter


Update: Check out coverage from Fox 6 and CBS 58. And be sure to like my Facebook page for more timely updates. I initially posted something on this on Facebook shortly after it happened.

From the South Milwaukee Fire Department …

At approximately 5 PM this evening, SMFD responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries involving two vehicles. One of the vehicles ended up striking the front of a house and its gas meter. The area was evacuated since the flow of gas could not be stopped as the gas line was severed below the valve. WE Energies had to come in and dig up the gas main to clamp off the flow of gas. One patient was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

And from the South Milwaukee Police Department …

On 11-9-15 at 1653 hours numerous 911 callers reported a vehicle had crashed into the front of a house in the 800 block of Milwaukee Avenue in South Milwaukee.  The vehicle had caused the gas line to break at the house and people in that area were evacuated.  The accident was a two car accident and it appears the driver of the vehicle that struck the house accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the break.  The driver of the vehicle that struck the house had only minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment.  Nobody else was injured.  The gas was shut off and people were allowed to go back in their homes after 90 minutes. 

Scary stuff, but deep thanks go out to all of the first responders from across the area for their quick action.

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Silver Alert Issued For South Milwaukee Man


Have you seen Garry Lonergan?

If so, please contact the South Milwaukee Police Department at 414-768-8060.

More details from Fox 6.

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Help Wanted In Finding Battery Suspects

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

The South Milwaukee Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the four (4) persons and vehicle depicted in the contained video in relation to a substantial battery which took place at 1123 Milwaukee Avenue in South Milwaukee, reported to the SMPD at approximately 2:48AM on Sunday Nov 1, 2015. If any person knows the persons or vehicle associated with this crime they are encouraged to contact the SMPD at 414-768-8060. Thank you.

See the video in this WISN report.

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Innovating Around Crash Reporting

“South Milwaukee is the first department in the state to transition to an electronic crash reporting platform and can serve as a template for other agencies state-wide.”

I love reading quotes like this … and innovating in how we deliver our services.

That statement describes a new online service being offered by the South Milwaukee Police Department allowing commercial entities (like insurance companies and law firms) to obtain accident reports electronically through an automated, online platform, 24/7.

I’ll let Police Chief Ann Wells explain the Lexis Nexis Police Reports service better …

“The ability to offer accident reports in an electronic format will save our officers and clerical staff countless hours in processing time. This new system will also provide a benefit to our citizens who are looking to expedite the insurance and/or legal process associated with an automobile accident. Instead of sending physical copies of our reports to the state and then mailing requested copies to insurance companies and law firms, those organizations can now request and access them online. This has the potential to cut delivery time from 10-20 days down to one or two.”

Read the whole press release here.

Keep in mind that only citizens with insurance can use the service, which also provides these benefits …

  • Elimination of the agency’s need to input crash data;
  • Improved agency investigative strength by providing easy access to their crash reports and those of other participating agencies; and
  • Simplified crash data storage, access and distribution.

Also, a portion of the proceeds of each crash report purchased through the system will be provided to the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association.


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Driver Arrested After 12-Year-Old Struck In Hit-And-Run Accident

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

On 09-22-15 at about 3:26pm the South Milwaukee Police were called to the 1500 block of N. Chicago Avenue (N. Chicago/ Rawson) on report of a pedestrian who had been struck by a car. While officers were responding to the accident scene witnesses reported that the striking vehicle had fled the accident scene. Through witness information officers were provided a license plate and were able to locate the suspect vehicle at an address in Cudahy. The driver was taken into custody at that address. Preliminary investigation indicates that the pedestrian (a 12 year old child) was crossing against the signal. The child was transported for medical treatment as a precaution. 

Case remains under investigation. No further information is available at this time.

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Mark Your Calendars: Three Big August Events

Dinner and a Movie 2


I’m taking some time off from blogging, barring a significant breaking news story.

In the meantime, please mark your calendars for some terrific local events coming up this month …

  • Wednesday, August 12: Community Night Out. The South Milwaukee Police Department invites people of all ages to gather from 5:30 to 9 p.m. behind City Hall to meet public safety workers and other organizations from around the area and enjoy food, games, demonstrations and more. The evening concludes with fireworks. Here is a flyer.
  • Friday, August 21: Guardian Credit Union Dinner and a Movie. Grab dinner at a local restaurant, then check out a free outdoor showing of “Big Hero 6” at 11th and Madison Avenues, site of the farmers’ market. The movie starts around dusk, but come early to enjoy face painting, tattoos and a glow-in-the dark painting project presented by KinderCare. Check out the Guardian website for more information. Here is KinderCare’s website.
  • Saturday, August 29: Restore the Lagoon Festival. Enjoy food, drinks, live music, a silent auction, a kids’ corner and more for this second-annual event held on Oak Creek Parkway at the Mill Pond from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check out a flyer and more information on Restore efforts on the Restore the Lagoon Facebook page.

As you plan for these, I thank you for reading this blog. We’ve blown past 500,000 page views since this launched in 2009, and I look forward to an even brighter future as we push toward one million. One million!

I also ask you to like my Facebook page, which I update regularly with content you can’t find here. And I’m on Twitter (#MayorBrooks).

Transparency is important to me, and I pledge to keep lines of communication open at all times.

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Getting CPR Instructions When You Need Them Most

We’ve enhanced our dispatch service to save lives.

In an effort to increase cardiac arrest survival rates, South Milwaukee went live this week with dispatcher-assisted CPR instructions. We join several other area dispatch operations in offering this, in which certain callers to our 911 system will now be transferred to the Milwaukee County EMS Communications Center to deliver CPR instructions.

Learn more here, and here is an investigative report on how well the program has worked in Oregon.

I thank and congratulate our police and fire departments and dispatch crew for stepping up to be part of this program — and consider it another example of how we’re partnering to invest in our city services.

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Tragic News From Cudahy: Woman Found Dead In Submerged Car

From the City of Cudahy Facebook page …

At 8:23 a.m. the Cudahy Police Department received a 911 call reporting a vehicle was submerged in a retention pond located on the property of the Walnut Ridge Condominium Complex at 6250 S Walnut Lane. The caller did not know if the vehicle was occupied. The Cudahy Police Department and Fire Department responded and advised the vehicle was occupied at least one time and requested mutual aid for an Advance Life Support Ambulance from the city of South Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Fire Department Dive Rescue Team. An elderly female was located inside the vehicle and transported to an area hospital. The elderly female was pronounced deceased at the hospital at approximately 9:36 a.m. The Wisconsin State Patrol is on scene
reconstructing the accident site. This incident is under investigation by the Cudahy Police Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Please keep this woman’s family in your prayers.

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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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