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With law enforcement agencies hurting for candidates, 30 fired or forced out officers back working as jail guards in Wisconsin
At least 25 jail officers currently working in the state have been fired or forced out from previous positions in law enforcement, according to data from the Wisconsin Department of Justice obtained through an open records request. About half come from the Milwaukee area.
Nearly 200 law enforcement officers currently employed in the state were fired from previous jobs in law enforcement, resigned in lieu of termination or quit before completion of an internal investigation, according to data from the Wisconsin Department of Justice obtained through an open records request.
Every other House member from Wisconsin – Republican and Democrat – voted in favor
Republican redistricting put Fitzgerald brothers – who live 13 miles apart – in different congressional districts
Experts call it “shenanigans,” “different species of gerrymandering”
BEFORE AND AFTER: See how Wisconsin Republicans redrew the state’s congressional districts to their advantage
The Badger Project has put together a side-by-side comparison of how the eight Congressional Districts changed in the 2011 redistricting process to show how Republicans gave themselves a partisan advantage.
The total number of law enforcement officers and the total number of police academy graduates in Wisconsin are both at a ten-year low. Recruiting and retaining officers has become more difficult, making it an employee’s market.
Police chiefs lament difficulty in filling positions; cities innovate to try to reduce violence, stress
In Wisconsin, public officials generally must retain all public records, which includes emails. But state legislators have no legal obligation to do so.
According to the state’s Open Records Law, every public official in Wisconsin must keep their records should anyone from the public want to see them. Except for state legislators.