2 MPD officers assigned to every squad car following threats to officers

Matt Montgomery

2 MPD officers assigned to every squad car following threats to officers

CREATED Oct. 8, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 8, 2012

MILWAUKEE- The Milwaukee Police Department is taking extra security steps following threats in response to the Derek Williams case.

For the foreseeable future, two officers will be assigned to each squad car throughout Milwaukee, sources confirmed to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's John Mercure.

Milwaukee Police Association President Mike Crivello says two officers in a squad is safer for the police and for the public.

"One-man squads can be dangerous," says Crivello to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure."  "When the department takes safety enhancement measures, we absolutely appreciate them."

The alleged threats against police were made during a Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission meeting last week surrounding the Derek Williams case.  Williams is the man who died in Milwaukee police custody last year while officers did nothing to answer his cries for help.  A video of the incident recently released has sparked outrage in the community.

Crivello says he is satisfied with Milwaukee's Police Department prioritizing officer safety.

"At this point and time, I believe they (Milwaukee's police leaders) are doing everything they can to ensure our officers are safe."

However, Crivello believes some plans by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett -- proposing three furlough days for officers in 2013 -- and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele -- wanting Milwaukee police officers to monitor county parks -- would be stretching officers too thin.

"It doesn't add up," says Crivello in terms of officers keeping the city safe.  "We have to do more things than what we are doing."

A spokeswoman for Milwaukee's Police Department tells Newsradio 620 WTMJ that the department cannot and will not discuss deployment strategies.

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