Over 100 MPD officers back home after serving at NATO summit
Charles Benson reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE- They were called in to help protect against protesters during the NATO summit in Chicago. Now more than 100 Milwaukee police officers are back home.
After 16-hour days in Chicago, it was time to unload and unwind for MPD's elite team.
Milwaukee sent its Major Incident Response Team to Chicago on Saturday. It's not the first road trip for this highly trained team, but it may have been one its most interesting.
The four day assignment at the NATO Summit in Chicago did not put them face-to-face with the biggest demonstrations, but Lieutenant Mike Schmitz says they did play a role in keeping the streets safe.
"On the international scene, we really worked together to guarantee the First Amendment rights to everybody who came to Chicago," said Lieutenant Mike Schmitz.
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn welcomed home his officers. He called the trip a valuable experience.
"Your city is proud of you, your police department is proud of you and I am proud of you. Well done!" proclaimed Flynn.
The Major Incident Response Team has done duties at the Republican National Convention in Minnesota, the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh and now the NATO Summit in Chicago.
Sergeant Tanya Boll has been to all three. "It's great training and a great experience. We learned from Chicago PD and other law enforcement agencies were there."
The cost of the four day trip will not be picked up city taxpayers. Federal taxpayer funds are being used to cover security costs at the summit.