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Star For Immediate Release
December 17, 2015

CONTACT: Mary Brandenberger

Department of Justice launches collaborative review of the Milwaukee Police Department

MILWAUKEE – The Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, today announced the start of the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance program with the Milwaukee Police Department.

“As part of the collaborative reform process, the COPS Office will conduct a thorough, independent and objective assessment of the Milwaukee Police Department's policies, practices and accountability systems,” said COPS Office Director Ronald Davis. “The findings and recommendations that come from such an assessment will empower the community to hold the department accountable to the best standards of the law enforcement profession.”

Following the assessment, the COPS Office will issue a public report detailing the findings of the assessment, along with specific recommendations for improvement. The COPS Office will assess progress made in implementing those recommendations over an 18-month period following the initial assessment. Two progress reports will be released tracking implementation of those recommendations.

The COPS Office's Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance is an independent and objective way to transform a law enforcement agency through an analysis of policies, practices, training, tactics and accountability methods around key issues facing law enforcement today. The initiative is designed to provide technical assistance to agencies facing significant law enforcement-related issues. Using subject matter experts, interviews and direct observations, as well as conducting extensive research and analysis, the COPS Office assists law enforcement agencies in enhancing and improving their policies and procedures, operating systems and professional culture.

The COPS Office is currently providing CRI-TA in Spokane, Wash.; Philadelphia; St. Louis County; Salinas, Calif.; Fayetteville, N.C., and Calexico, Calif., and has completed the process in Las Vegas.

The COPS Office, headed by Director Ronald Davis, is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of more than 127,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training and technical assistance. For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit