— Milwaukee leaders say the city will come up with a
comprehensive, strategic plan to decrease violence that will
go beyond law enforcement tactics.
100 people representing all parts of Milwaukee —
neighborhoods, government, nonprofits, youth organizations,
faith leaders, businesses and public safety officials —
will gather to create a plan this week, the Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel reported.
leaders for years have talked about using a public health
model to focus on ending violence and finding the root
California-based Prevention Institute will help the
participants create a plan meant to serve as a compass to
guide practice, policy and investment in the city.
know that there will be no perfect plan," Mayor Tom
Barrett said. "We know it's a continuous effort, and we
think it's important to have a sense of urgency and have a
high-quality approach with many, many partners."
Moore, director of the city's Office of Violence Prevention,
said the goal is to complete a draft by early spring and
release a plan in early summer. Moore said the process will
Violence Prevention Initiative was a five-year, $8.2 million
effort to lower youth violence, funded by Advancing a
Healthier Wisconsin Endowment.
learned from our initial investment and now are investing in
a broader plan," said Cheryl A. Maurana, the
endowment's director and vice president for academic
outreach at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
the city recorded 146 homicides, which is the highest number
since the early 1990s.