MADISON – The political action committee for the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) announced on October 4 that it is running a television ad supporting incumbent Senator Jim Sullivan in his reelection bid for the state senate. Representing the vast majority of law enforcement officers working in Wisconsin’s towns, villages, cities and counties, the WPPA hopes that the ad will shed light on the senator’s accomplishments. Sullivan was recognized in May as the WPPA’s “Legislator of the Year.”
“The WPPA’s mission is to protect and promote public safety, as well as the interests of the dedicated men and women who serve to provide it,” said WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer. “Jim Sullivan’s leadership in the senate as an ardent and consistent advocate for law enforcement and public safety is crucially important in order to keep Wisconsin a safe place in which to live, work, and raise a family.”
Among the WPPA’s list of legislative accomplishments on behalf of the state’s law enforcement community, the WPPA specifically pointed to Sullivan’s authorship of “The Police Protection Act,” which holds suspects accountable for injuring law enforcement officers if they attempt to flee or resist an arrest. Prior to the enactment of this vital new law, most of those suspects were never charged with a crime.
The television ad supporting Jim Sullivan distinguishes his law enforcement voting record from that of his challenger’s, State Rep. Leah Vukmir, and will air in the Milwaukee media market in the month of October. The WPPA’s efforts will also include two digital billboards, located on Highway 100 at Bluemound Road and on Interstate-94 at Highway 41.
Palmer continued, “The fact of the matter is that the WPPA’s legislative report card is the most cumulative and objective in Wisconsin. Jim Sullivan scored very well and Leah Vukmir scored very poorly. We think that’s something that people ought to know.”
With over 11,000 members from nearly 400 local association affiliates, the WPPA is the state’s largest law enforcement group.