City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention

City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention Our core mission is to promote and preserve life.

“James Sokolowski works hard to get more students to go to college. It’s a role he embraces more than two decades after ...
01/22/2020
Once a high school dropout, grad inspires MPS students to achieve

“James Sokolowski works hard to get more students to go to college. It’s a role he embraces more than two decades after he dropped out of high school at age 16.

Sokolowski manages the M3 Early College program, which allows Milwaukee Public Schools high school students to earn college credit at UWM and Milwaukee Area Technical College. M3 (pronounced M-cubed) is a multifaceted collaboration of those three organizations, and among its many goals are boosting student achievement and closing the equity gap in educational attainment.” - UWM

James Sokolowski battled through challenges to get his GED and eventually a master’s. Now he’s helping others by leading the M3 Early College program.

The City of Milwaukee Health Department is honored to partner with Milwaukee County, first responders, and community age...
01/22/2020
Trauma Response Team helping mother heal after son's death

The City of Milwaukee Health Department is honored to partner with Milwaukee County, first responders, and community agencies to provide this critical service to youth and families throughout our city.

"Oftentimes people may not know where to get help ... it is critically important that we recognize the importance of ensuring that people have access to counseling and support to be able to begin that healing journey," said Reggie Moore with the Office of Violence Prevention.

Last year in Milwaukee, eight children died. Every child has a network of family and friends affected by that loss. That's why the city's Trauma Response Team is there to help.

However, the city does not just support families of shootings, but any type of trauma like domestic violence, sexual assault, and bullying.

"Our goal is to support families. So after exposure to a stressful life event, our goal is to connect with families and meet them where they are at," said Theresa Barnett, a clinician with the Trauma Response Team.” - TMJ4 NBC

A Milwaukee mother is sharing her story for the first time since the death of her 5-year-old son.

"Lincoln Hills, which is about 30 miles north of Wausau, has faced long-running problems and multiple lawsuits that have...
01/21/2020
Three Lincoln Hills nurses reprimanded for giving inadequate care to 14-year-old inmate

"Lincoln Hills, which is about 30 miles north of Wausau, has faced long-running problems and multiple lawsuits that have cost the state more than $25 million in settlements and legal costs. The boy involved in the 2016 incident is not among those who have sued the state for his treatment."

Our focus as a community must be around the three-tiered approach to prevention (prevention, intervention, healing) versus a high dependency on punishment and maltreatment. It provides a major boost to both social and financial capital to service on the front end.

A doctor who performed emergency surgery on the boy in 2016 called the actions by the nurses at Lincoln Hills School for Boys inexcusable.

01/20/2020
Goalcast

As we honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, we encourage you to remember not just his words but his actions. Peace was not an event or part-time endeavor, but his life mission. It was a pursuit that was considered radical in its day and he pursued it relentlessly through efforts to advance racial, economic, and social justice in America and throughout the world. As Milwaukee advances its Blueprint for Peace we leave you with Dr. Kings message about a Blueprint for Life.

"Don't allow anybody to make you feel like you are nobody." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Community Justice Action Fund
01/18/2020
Community Justice Action Fund

Community Justice Action Fund

A group of Milwaukee kids were throwing snowballs at passing cars. A driver reacted by shooting at them, wounding two children, ages 12 and 13. This is violence, and our communities deserve better. #EndGunViolence #BreakTheCycle

The City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention and 414 LIFE will be on the "Earl Ingram Show" tomorrow from 12:00pm...
01/18/2020

The City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention and 414 LIFE will be on the "Earl Ingram Show" tomorrow from 12:00pm-2:00pm. We will discuss the Blueprint for Peace, 414 LIFE, and OVP efforts focused on community youth engagement, mental health, suicide, sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence prevention.

Tune in to Resistance Radio 1510AM or online

Shout out to our partners at Running Rebels, Unite MKE and Ignite Change. In addition to reductions in homicides and non...
01/17/2020
Running Rebels credits anti-carjacking video for reduction in carjackings

Shout out to our partners at Running Rebels, Unite MKE and Ignite Change. In addition to reductions in homicides and non fatal shootings Milwaukee has also seen a 17% decline in carjackings from 2017-2019 and a 9% drop 2018-2019. Community driven efforts do make a difference. #knowpreventionknowpeace

Some teens who want to prevent carjackings in Milwaukee are celebrating their success.

Please join the City of Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault tomorrow morning for the monthly me...
01/15/2020

Please join the City of Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault tomorrow morning for the monthly meeting.

“The Office of Violence Prevention says the decrease is in large part due to the Blueprint for Peace, implemented in 201...
01/14/2020
Milwaukee sees lowest murder rate in five years

“The Office of Violence Prevention says the decrease is in large part due to the Blueprint for Peace, implemented in 2017. Through a collaborative effort with law enforcement, Health Department, community leaders and more, they've all worked together to establish a presence in the community.

The decrease is something city leaders say should be applauded but they say these numbers don't necessarily show what's being done to prevent shootings from happening.

Reggie Moore with the Office of Violence Prevention says different groups met with 178 gunshot survivors last year.

"We've hired credible messengers from the community to be able to interrupt cycles of retaliatory violence," Moore said.” - TMJ4

The City of Milwaukee says its murder rate is the lowest its been in five years.

City and community leaders said the trends are moving in the right direction, but their efforts cannot stop."Of the 97 h...
01/14/2020
City leaders tout falling crime numbers, refocus efforts on 2020

City and community leaders said the trends are moving in the right direction, but their efforts cannot stop.

"Of the 97 homicides reported in 2019, eight of them were children under the age of 18. Five of those children were under the age of 5," Milwaukee Violence Prevention Director Reggie Moore said. "Every story, every survivor and every loss reminds us what's at stake if we fail to continue this momentum."

There were slightly fewer murders and carjackings than in 2018, according to official statistics.

“Five years ago, homicides in Milwaukee spiked to levels not seen since the 1990s. Now, the city has closed out its seco...
01/13/2020
'Dramatically changed the direction': Milwaukee leaders highlight drop in homicides, credit collaboration

“Five years ago, homicides in Milwaukee spiked to levels not seen since the 1990s. Now, the city has closed out its second year in a row with fewer than 100 homicides — and officials are focused on maintaining that progress.

Of 11 cities with comparable demographics and socioeconomic factors, Milwaukee had the lowest homicide rate last year and only Milwaukee, Chicago and New Orleans have had consistent declines in homicide rates since 2015, according to the city's Office of Violence Prevention." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee's homicide rate — about 16.4 per 100,000 people — has continued to decline and so has its ranking among the nation's most violent cities.

‘We as men need to take a stand:’ Milwaukee campaign against human trafficking goes global
01/12/2020
‘We as men need to take a stand:’ Milwaukee campaign against human trafficking goes global

‘We as men need to take a stand:’ Milwaukee campaign against human trafficking goes global

MILWAUKEE -- Saturday, Jan. 11 marked National Human Trafficking Awareness Day -- and people in Milwaukee spoke out about the "silent epidemic," with Milwaukee considered a major hub. An event at the Convergence Resource Center in Milwaukee was aimed at helping men make a change. "It's everywhere an...

DPW Milwaukee
01/11/2020
DPW Milwaukee

DPW Milwaukee

Snow Emergency Requiring Alternate Side Parking In Effect

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works has declared a Snow Emergency for
January 11, 2020. There is no parking allowed on arterials from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and alternate side parking will be required on side streets (odd-side tonight) from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Posted street signs take precedence. Please read the street signs for winter parking instructions BEFORE YOU PARK.

Arterials (No Parking)
To confirm the arterials which do not allow any parking and for additional parking restriction information visit milwaukee.gov/winterparking. Residents can also call (414) 286-CITY (-2489).

Side Streets (Alternate Side Parking)
All residents who park overnight on a Milwaukee side street must move their vehicles to the ODD numbered side of the street by 10 p.m. on January 11, 2020 through 6 a.m. on January 12, 2020.

Parked vehicles should be flush to the curb and out of the flow of traffic. This includes the streetcar route and other city roadways.

Designated Milwaukee Public Schools lots will be available for off-street parking beginning
January 11, 2020 at 7 p.m. All vehicles must be moved from MPS lots by 7 a.m. the following morning. For a list of school parking lot locations, go to milwaukee.gov/snowparking.

Stay informed
• Sign up for Winter Parking Text Alerts, Parking Text Alerts, and/or E-Notify email messages at milwaukee.gov/winterparking.
• Follow DPW on Facebook and Twitter – both @milwaukeedpw
• Join Next Door to receive DPW updates (City residents only)
• Call (414) 286-CITY for information and assistance
• Check the DPW website at milwaukee.gov/snow

Your cooperation will ensure that DPW crews can access as much of the street pavement as possible to clear ice and snow effectively, efficiently, and most importantly, safely.

Kirkpatrick said Cespedes has recently taken part in the department’s crime meetings, and police are looking to help ide...
01/10/2020
Oakland hires anti-violence czar. Will he help the city reduce violent crime?

Kirkpatrick said Cespedes has recently taken part in the department’s crime meetings, and police are looking to help identify the best areas for his team to work.

“The goal is to work with him, to field the upstream factors that contributed to why a person would pick up a gun,” she said.

In the future, Cespedes said he could envision a program in Oakland similar to one he inspired in Los Angeles called Summer Night Lights. After finding that violence spiked on certain nights from July 4 to Labor Day weekend, Cespedes’ team dedicated the program to those times specifically.

Neighbors were encouraged to declare a recreational center as a cease-fire zone, and it would be open for extended hours and offer free food, activities and other resources.

“Gang members would in fact be encouraged to be at the park, so everybody would participate,” Cespedes said.

Cespedes’ original program built the framework for an initiative that still operates in 32 sites, and was credited with a 57% reduction in gang-related homicides within two years.

Amid a recent increase in violent crimes, officials are looking to the city’s new chief of violence prevention to help Oakland reverse course.

Today was the first day in our team development and strategic planning series for 2020. We appreciate the knowledge, ski...
01/10/2020

Today was the first day in our team development and strategic planning series for 2020. We appreciate the knowledge, skill, and insight provided by Denise Thomas today. Effective and strategic communication is critical to everything we do in service to our community.

“We often hear stories about murders sparked by trivial disputes. And we also hear the same solutions proposed year afte...
01/09/2020
On The Knife's Edge: Using Therapy To Address Violence Among Teens

“We often hear stories about murders sparked by trivial disputes. And we also hear the same solutions proposed year after year: harsher punishments, more gun control.

But what if science can help us find new solutions? Can understanding how we make decisions help us prevent these tragedies?” - NPR

What would drive someone to take another person's life? When researchers at the University of Chicago asked that question, the answer was a laundry list of slights: a stolen jacket, or a carelessly lobbed insult. It made them wonder whether crime rates could be driven down by teaching young men to p...

“More than four months have passed since community peace activist Quanita 'Tay' Jackson was shot and killed near Moody P...
01/08/2020
Tay Jackson's murder remains unsolved 4 months later

“More than four months have passed since community peace activist Quanita 'Tay' Jackson was shot and killed near Moody Park. Milwaukee police said they have yet to find the person who fired the stray bullet that killed the 20-year-old back in August.” - TMJ4

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers. There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. All calls are anonymous: 414-224-TIPS

More than four months have passed since community activist Quanita 'Tay' Jackson was shot and killed near Moody Park. Milwaukee police said they have yet to find the person who fired the stray bullet that killed the 20-year-old back in August.

Catch us live tomorrow morning from 8:00-9:00am on Resistance Radio 1510AM. We’ll be discussing the state of violence in...
01/08/2020

Catch us live tomorrow morning from 8:00-9:00am on Resistance Radio 1510AM. We’ll be discussing the state of violence in Milwaukee, progress made in 2019 and plans for 2020.

Milwaukee Succeeds
01/07/2020

Milwaukee Succeeds

What happens when behavior, developmental, or environmental issues create the need to coach more than just sports?

America SCORES, wants to invite you to Milwaukee Youth Sports Alliance's introductory 5-session series that will provide the information necessary to understand the impact of stress on the brain, how it influences behavior, and how coaches can properly introduce stress in a way that allows the brain to reset and build resilience.

Series funded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

Register here >> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfaNE79162p4fP6eHxUxCybCaoayWOvEXw2pStPhnItrGfiMQ/viewform

Psychological and emotional abuse are just as traumatic as physical. Please share.
01/07/2020

Psychological and emotional abuse are just as traumatic as physical. Please share.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
01/03/2020
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Police are asking for the public's help locating Manuel Salazar-Gutierrez.

MILWAUKEE — The death of a 1-year-old child is being investigated as a homicide. Alonzo Lamar, Junior or A.J. as his fam...
01/03/2020
City renews focus to alert parents and families to the resources to keep kids safe

MILWAUKEE — The death of a 1-year-old child is being investigated as a homicide. Alonzo Lamar, Junior or A.J. as his family called him died Wednesday night. The death is sparking a renewed focus by the city to alert parents and families to the resources to keep kids safe.

Reggie Moore, the director the Office of Violence Prevention, said his office is reaching out to the family. The city is also trying to spread the word about free resources for parents who need it.

The first homicide of year in Milwaukee is a one-year-old child. Alonzo Lamar, Junior or A.J. as his family called him died Wednesday night. The death is sparking a renewed focus by the city to alert parents and families to the resources to keep kids safe.

01/03/2020

“Although public discourse can indirectly or directly blame health inequities on black youth, our study provides evidence that racial discrimination in society is a fundamental cause of these health inequities,” English said. “Knowing this, people in positions of power...have a responsibility to consider discrimination as a critical aspect of the daily experience and health of black teens.”

If you or someone you love is a victim of human trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1 (888) ...
01/03/2020
'Under the Radar': Human traffickers targeting Milwaukee-area hotels

If you or someone you love is a victim of human trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1 (888) 373-7888, text "HELP" to 233733, or for emergencies call 911.

A strategic dark network of human traffickers is already in place in the Milwaukee area, and with major events coming in 2020 like the Democratic National Convention, some say the problem may get worse.

“US Attorney Matthew Krueger says the charges send a warning to any business owner who works with a pimp to facilitate i...
01/02/2020
Owner, Manager Of Clyman Strip Club Indicted On Federal Sex Trafficking Charges | Daily Dodge

“US Attorney Matthew Krueger says the charges send a warning to any business owner who works with a pimp to facilitate illegal prostitution. Krueger says when a pimp is involved, women are often being trafficked by force, fraud, and coercion.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Hughes, of the Milwaukee Field Office says the collaborative efforts of the FBI, working closely with local law enforcement, makes it possible to bring offenders to justice who work with pimps who victimize women.

Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the charges brought against Siegel and Hoeft send a strong and clear message that such criminal activity will not be tolerated and authorities will use all resources available to hold offenders accountable.”

(Clyman) The former owner and a manager at a shuttered Dodge County strip club have been indicted on federal sex trafficking charges. Michael Seigel of Fox Lake used to own …

According to the National Gun Violence Archive, today marks the 7th day without a gun related homicide in Milwaukee. The...
01/01/2020
Homicide, gun violence continued to plague city in 2019

According to the National Gun Violence Archive, today marks the 7th day without a gun related homicide in Milwaukee. There was 1 non-fatal shooting in the entire city on New Year’s Eve. Lets continue to work together to prevent gun violence in 2020 and beyond.

“99 people in Milwaukee fell victim to homicide in 2019, according to Milwaukee police. It would mark the fourth year in a row the number of homicides in Milwaukee decreased — there were 101 people killed in the city in 2018, 118 in 2017, 142 in 2016 and 145 in 2015, according to data maintained by the Journal Sentinel.

“Although violent crime in our city has been trending down over the last four years, it is important to remember that we still have a significant way to go, said Reggie Moore, director of the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s Office of Violence Prevention.” - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The total marked the fourth year in a row the number of homicides in Milwaukee decreased.

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