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Common Council approves resolution calling on FPC to utilize public database with officers' information

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Common Council approved a resolution Tuesday, July 7, requesting that the Fire and Police Commission implement a database with public information regarding police officers' and firefighters' badge numbers and records.

The item was introduced by Alderman Russell W. Stamper II. 

It requests that the FPC utilize a public database providing information to the public regarding incident reports, disciplinary actions, citizen complaints and related information. The information would be searchable by name and badge or other identification number. 

“Our police officers and firefighters are sworn to protect and serve the people. They work for the residents of Milwaukee just as elected officials do, and as public serving employees their records should be open for anyone to see,” said Alderman Stamper. “Especially in these times when trust is low this measure can only help rebuild trust and increase transparency. Transparency is change. Transparency is trust. We look forward to working with the MPD and the Fire and Police Commission in bringing this database to fruition.”

Options for the database include a mobile app, a listing on the FPC website or another publicly accessible forum.

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