On December 1, 2006, Governor Jim Doyle announced that nine Wisconsin cities will receive $1.1 million to put more police on the streets to fight crime. Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Janesville, Beloit, Kenosha, Wausau, West Allis, and Stevens Point will receive Office of Justice Assistance (OJA) ‘Beat Patrol’ grants to put more police on the streets to identify and prevent criminal activity that affects the quality of life of communities and local residents.
Officers will work community patrol shifts, often called beat patrols, to increase police presence and deter crime and will also be given assignments to lower the backlog of unsolved cases awaiting investigation.
Beat patrol grants are awarded to cities with a population over 25,000 based on their violent crime rate and population. The beat patrol grant program began in 1995.
The City of Wausau will receive $68,250 to hire an additional police officer. These funds will be critical to fighting a high crime rate in the city.
The City of Milwaukee will receive $200,000 for six beat patrol officers and the City of Madison will receive $200,000 to continue funding four officers. The City of Green Bay will receive $179,050 to retain three officers performing beat patrol duties.
Kenosha will receive $135,730 for two beat patrol officers; West Allis $125,900 for two officers; Janesville $105,200 to continue funding an additional beat patrol officer position; Beloit $87,575 for a beat patrol officer; and Stevens Point will receive $75,000 to retain a previously funded beat patrol officer position.