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Is it possible to forecast crime in the City of Milwaukee?

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It’s not a perfect science, but analysis of police data and some tech tools are allowing Milwaukee police officers to better forecast where they put their resources and perhaps stop crime before it happens.

Police say the ShotSpotter system helps them identify the sounds of gunfire. Noises in high crime areas are sifted through using the special software.

“The acoustic sensors are designed to detect gunfire,” said Lieutenant Chris Blaszak. “You see these very sharp, distinct spikes in sound.”

If the sounds captured by the system match the unique noise and signature of gunfire, squads are alerted. A pinpoint of the area shows up on officers’ computers within seconds.

From there, the data is recorded, allowing police to see where the concentration of shooting is taking place across the city and what time it’s occurring.

Special Report: New program to keep incarcerated juveniles close to home

Special Report: New program to keep incarcerated juveniles close to home

For families of Milwaukee youth locked away in the side-by-side secure detention facilities of Copper Lake and Lincoln Hills schools in the unincorporated town of Irma, Wis., a visit is more like a journey. Four hours north they go, past countless barns, rolling hills and rows of hardwood trees. And that’s if they have a car and can afford the gas to get there, let alone an overnight stay at a hotel.

After the 2011 closing of Ethan Allen School, a boys’ reformatory in southeastern Wisconsin, there was no other option but to send male juveniles to Irma, cut off from their families. But a recent policy change approved by the Milwaukee Common Council has made it possible for some young men to be sentenced closer to home... Read More

Milwaukee Police Department launches new website

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Police Department launched on Wednesday, May 2nd a new website it calls, “The Source.” It can be found at milwaukeepolicenews.com.

MPD created “The Source” to give the public what it calls, “genuine, unfiltered information from us – from the latest crime stats to a hard hitting story about an officer’s work that you won’t see anywhere else.”

MPD says it’ll use the site to correct the news stories that got it wrong and highlight the ones that got it right.

Milwaukee Police say crime is down in the city

Milwaukee Police say crime is down in the city

News Release from Milwaukee Police Department:

Crime continued to drop in the city of Milwaukee in most violent and property crime categories, in the first quarter of this year, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn reported today.

There has been a 42 percent decrease in violent crime over four years and a 34 percent decrease in crime overall since 2007. The attached chart compares the first quarter of 2011 to the first quarter of the past four years.

Using data to both analyze and predict crime, the Milwaukee Police Department has been honing in on areas of the city where crime is occurring and is implementing deployment strategies accordingly.

15-year-old arrested in Elm Grove for concealed weapon, traffic offenses

15-year-old arrested in Elm Grove for concealed weapon, traffic offenses

 

15-year-old arrested in Elm Grove for concealed weapon, traffic offenses

15-year-old arrested in Elm Grove for concealed weapon, traffic offenses