Event Recap


Forum Friday: Re-Imagining Public Safety in Milwaukee

By Jeffrey Schmidt

For the July 2021 installment of our virtual event series, Forum Friday, we focused on efforts to re-imagine public safety in Milwaukee. Discussion included an overview of police reform discussions and challenges in Milwaukee and learned more about the city task force recently formed to look at diverting certain nonviolent police calls to other entities. We also discussed how the city and county might better collaborate to strengthen efforts to respond to individuals facing mental health crises.

Milwaukee Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division Administrator Mike Lappen, and Acting Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman joined us to explore these questions.

Watch the discussion here:

During Forum Fridays, we discuss a timely research topic and invite notable guests and Forum members to join the conversation. This doesn’t replace our in-person events such as our Viewpoint Luncheons or Policy in a Pub, which are on hold for now during the current crisis. But, we hope this can be a new way to keep you informed and connected on our state’s most pressing public policy issues. Stay tuned for more Forum Friday events in the near future!

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