MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman and Mayor Cavalier Johnson provided on Tuesday, July 5 a mid-year review of crime, crash data and homicide clearance rates.
Police department data shows most violence crime and reckless driving is down, but homicides are on pace to break a record.
"What is different in this day and age we are using firearms to resolve simple conflicts," said Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman.
Chief Norman expressed frustrations as he addressed the direction of crime in the city.
"Seeing that we made strides. We’re not where we were previously with homicides but we’re not where we need to be. One death is a death too many," Norman said.
MPD data shows 110 homicides so far in 2022. At this time in 2021, there were 80 – and there were 81 at this point in 2020.
"When we talk about how we can change this direction, it’s always a plural word We," the chief said.
With work from the community and police, Norman said the department is making gains.
"We've moved over investigators into the homicide unit to deal with the clearances and ensuring there's accountability," Norman said. "For total violent crime, we saw and 8% decrease in the past six months…Rape, robbery and aggravated assault decreased between 8-14%."
For more information, see the Crime Data Sheet (above). Data is alsopublicly available through the Milwaukee Police Department.