Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn addresses 2012 crime stats

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by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE -- Crime statistics have been a sensitive topic for the Milwaukee Police Department, especially after the department released crime stats for 2012.

From 2011 to 2012, the City of Milwaukee saw an increase of crime in six out of ten categories. Aggravated assault offenses went up a little over 33% from 2011, and it's the highest number we've had in the city since 2008. Violent crime also went up significantly with 651 more cases than 2011.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn says that although the overall crime numbers have gone up, the crime rate is 20% lower than it was five years ago. He also responded to criticism over the department's furlough of 1,500 police officers. Chief Flynn said, "None of the furloughs have had any impact on our deployments. People who don't understand the phenomenon shouldn't comment on it..."

Chief Flynn emphasized that the city has made real progress, because the five year trend has been favorable. The most significant drop from 2011 to 2012 was in robberies.

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