Milwaukee Police Chief Pledges to Move Forward With Reforms

October 10, 2017

Two months ago, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn criticized a draft of a federal review of the department as riddled with errors.

Flynn would not detail what those mistakes were — then or now — and an updated version of the document doesn't either.

Despite that, Flynn recently reiterated that he agrees with most of the draft report's recommendations.

"I am embracing the recommendations for MPD because, like any other police department, we could always improve," he said in a written statement last week.

"It’s important to demonstrate to the community our willingness to examine our systems and processes and look for ways to improve them." 

No final version of the review exists, nor will one be produced after the U.S. Department of Justice changed its collaborative reform process to focus more on crime reduction tactics instead of accountability and reform of police agencies.

The change falls in line with the new presidential administration’s stated goals of reducing crime and promoting local control of police agencies.