Save 53206

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Opinions -

Milwaukee’s next po­lice chief has to ar­tic­u­late a com­pre­hen­sive plan of how to re­move Milwaukee’s 53206 neigh­bor­hoods from the list of Amer­ica’s high­est in­car­cer­ated black men.

She or he must use a com­pas­sion­ate au­thor­ity and will­ing­ness to con­nect all re­sources: city, county, state, fed­eral, lo­cal busi­nesses, churches, schools, res­i­dents and in­flu­en­tial in­for­mal lead­ers and vol­un­teers in fa­cil­i­tat­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach in bring­ing about a vi­brant and pros­per­ous 53206 com­mu­nity.

Milwaukee’s next po­lice chief must be will­ing to walk into the liv­ing rooms of the 53206 res­i­dents, roll up her or his sleeves and ex­tend a sin­cere hand of­fer­ing and promis­ing to help, to build trust and to do all in their power to re­store hope.

If Milwaukee’s next po­lice chief re­fuses to im­merse her­self or him­self into 53206 to peel off the lay­ers of why and where prob­lems ex­ist, then she or he will be use­less in fa­cil­i­tat­ing and bring­ing about the nec­es­sary re­sources to re­store a vi­brant com­mu­nity.

Many Milwaukee res­i­dents, in­clud­ing my­self, are will­ing to vol­un­teer, men­tor and help those that are less for­tu­nate in Milwaukee. The next chief needs to tap into these re­sources. Sav­ing 53206 from hope­less­ness will save Milwaukee at large.

Os­car O. Perez

Re­tired Deputy In­spec­tor Milwaukee Po­lice De­part­ment


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