More than 500 jail officers fired or forced out across the state in past five years, including more than 200 in Milwaukee County
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.
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
We recently did a story on policing in Wisconsin, focusing on the laws currently on the books and policies on things like cop-related deaths, a “bad cop” registry and use of force. Our managing editor Peter Cameron discusses that story and more in our first podcast.