CBS 58 asks MPD: What does 2,000 arrests really mean?
MILWAUKEE- In our on-going CBS58 news investigation, we continued to dig into the violent crime numbers brought on last month by a comment made by Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn.
In an August 26th news conference, the chief bragged about his department and the number of arrests made following a month of shootings and homicides.
He said "We've stepped it up a notch, you don't make 2000 arrests in a month if you haven't stepped it up."
So CBS 58 asked the chief, did they really step it up because monthly data shows that 2,000 arrests is actually common for the department.
Of the 21,311 arrests, 8,577 were for felonies, 8,816 for misdemeanors, and 11,312 for non-criminal offenses (matters disposed of with a municipal citation). These three numbers do not sum because the categories are not mutually exclusive (arrest for more than one category).
In 2012, there were four months with over 3,000 arrests, so far in 2013, there have been no single monthly totals over 29-hundered.
Chief Flynn explained that the "stepping up" really means a better focus on high crime areas in the city and high interest individuals.
The Chief went on to explain that, while overall arrest numbers stay about the same, certain types of arrests have increased.
For example: Numbers show there's been a 22 percent uptick in robbery arrests, a seven percent bump in recklessly endangering safety, and a nine percent increase of felons possessing firearms.
Overall, according to MPD numbers, year to date crime overall has dropped despite the spike in homicides, shootings, and robberies.
The chief explained that he believes with thoughtful deployments, working with community, use data to drive activities, and focuings on the right people and places, the department is going to make an impact on the crime rate even more.