Wisconsin Police

Protesters gather in Kenosha the second night of protests on August 24th, 2020. This was before the clashes with police later that night. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Racial disparities task force releases first recommendations

BY: - April 22, 2021

The Wisconsin Assembly task force on racial disparities released its first report Wednesday from the law enforcement subcommittee, recommending 18 legislative actions to set statewide rules for law enforcement policies and rules. The recommendations include increased data collection of controversial police practices, creating requirements for how police respond to instances of excessive force and providing […]

Several newly-deployed body cameras and batteries sit in the patrol room charging and downloading video at the West Valley City Police Department on March 2, 2015 in West Valley City, Utah. West Valley City Police Department has issued 190 Taser Axon Flex body cameras for all it's sworn officers to wear starting today

Where in Wisconsin are police interactions on video?

BY: - February 9, 2021

Less than half of Wisconsin law enforcement agencies equip officers with both body and dashboard cameras, according to survey data from the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ). Of the agencies that responded to the survey, nearly a quarter use only dash cams and 12% don’t use cameras at all.  When mapped, the data reveals large […]

Wisconsin Trump election rally

The thin blue line flag: symbol of police pride or violent insurrection?

BY: - February 2, 2021

In late October, then-President Donald Trump — in the midst of a scorched Earth re-election campaign that touted a pro-law enforcement message and painted him as the candidate of “law and order,” — appeared at a rally in Waukesha.  Trump arrived in southern Wisconsin two months after a white Kenosha cop had shot Jacob Blake, […]

Several newly-deployed body cameras and batteries sit in the patrol room charging and downloading video at the West Valley City Police Department on March 2, 2015 in West Valley City, Utah. West Valley City Police Department has issued 190 Taser Axon Flex body cameras for all it's sworn officers to wear starting today

Nearly one-eighth of Wisconsin law enforcement agencies don’t use body or dash cams

BY: - January 22, 2021

Most Wisconsin law enforcement agencies, 88%, equip officers with body cameras, dashboard cameras or both, according to survey data released by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ). However, 12% of agencies don’t have any way of recording officer interactions with the public.  DOJ learned that nearly half of the 434 agencies that responded to its […]

Wisconsin State Capitol Police car in front of Wisconsin Capitol. (Photo: WI Department of Administration)

Wisconsin’s total law enforcement spending 15th in nation as communities enter budget season

BY: - October 28, 2020

Wisconsin’s local governments have entered budget season amid an economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and an upwelling in calls for the defunding of police departments by local activists.  But a new report from Money Geek shows Wisconsin ranks 15th nationally in the proportion of its state and local expenditures spent on policing and […]

Butler Village Hall

A Waukesha County village, population 1,800, spends more per person on police than Milwaukee

BY: - July 6, 2020

The role of the police in our society has been under a microscope since the killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department in May. Local Policing is an ongoing series analyzing the culture, tactics and actions of departments big and small across Wisconsin. If you have a story to share about your local […]