Wisconsin Senators Pass Law Enforcement Proposals

The Wisconsin Senate passes several law enforcement proposals. One of these would make it easier for you to learn about use of force policies. Another might make it harder for bad offices to access another city’s police department.

This is because a proposal requires police services to publish their policies on the use of force online; Another bill would require a police candidate who previously worked for another ministry to allow his former employer to forward his employment records to the new ministry. “A candidate who refuses to perform the waiver will not be considered for employment by the interview agency or considered for certification by the board.”

Another bill calls on the Wisconsin Department of Justice to collect and publish data on the use of force by police, including when they fire their guns.

The house’s most controversial debate was about proposed changes for the Milwaukee Fire and Police Board, the body that hires and fires chiefs, disciplinary officers and sets standards.

“I have to be honest about four years ago I told him no I was not for it and I felt after Mayor Barrett put individuals on [who formerly worked in firefighting and policing]I had to admit that I saw the benefit of the expertise they brought and how I could call and say, ‘Well, explain that to me,’ “State Senator Lena Taylor said ( D-Milwaukee), co-sponsor of the proposal.

Taylor was the only Democrat to vote for it, as the Senate approved Measure 22-11. The Milwaukee Police Union should have a say in one place on the Fire and Policing Board. They would draft a list of five candidates – and the mayor would appoint one of the five to the commission. It would be the same for the firefighters union. The joint council would hold hearings and then vote on whether to confirm the appointments.

If the mayor did not fill one of the vacant posts, the common council would have the power, unless he was one of the posts for the unions. If the mayor did not fill one of these two positions, the union would make the appointment.

“It’s about bringing knowledge to that audience and knowledge to the board, so they can make informed decisions about what’s going on, how policies work, what are the procedures and what are the techniques currently in use, “said Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), a former police officer and sponsor of several police bills.

Besides Taylor, all Democratic senators voted against the changes to the FPC.

“I think it shows political patronage and that is something that will lead to more problems. Right?” State Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) said.

“Retiring a police officer or not is not the way to improve this bill. This is not the reason why thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand change, ”said Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee).

That same bill would require public hearings when hiring a police chief – and the Joint Council would hold hearings before confirming members of the Fire Commission and the police.

Another bill that the Wisconsin Senate passed 33-0 would expand community policing.

“We have been working on COP house, for how many years?” asked the godfather, Senator Wanggaard.

“Quite a lot,” replied Senator Taylor.

COP Houses, which is an acronym for community-based police houses, already exists Root.

“I’m thinking of the quarter block captain who needs a place to meet, they can meet at the COP house for individuals to come together,” Senator Taylor said. “I think of the little children playing in the neighborhood, they can go to the COP house and maybe build a garden, do activities that are not what they normally do with the police, in order to build these relationships. “

“A COP house gives the officer the opportunity to be part of a fabric of that community,” said Senator Wanggaard. “They manage to build the confidence of the people who live there, and now it is a neighbor helping the neighbor. It is not an occupying force.”

Bills would still need assembly approval before going to the governor’s office.

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Bills go to the Assembly, then the governor’s office.

What was not discussed on Tuesday were strangulation and the use of force statewide. This debate could take place next week.

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