Milwaukee Police unveils special deployment for July 3 fireworks
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MILWAUKEE - As hundreds of thousands of fireworks fan descended on Milwaukee’s lakefront, police want you to know they’re there and watching closely.
“What we’ve done is created a special deployment to basically react to the fact that tonight we’ll have a second city within our city limits,” Chief Ed Flynn explained to his staff.
More than 100 extra officers have been called in to help with crowd control, by foot, boat, bike, horse and in their squads.
MPD’S main concern comes when the fireworks end.
“When the crowd breaks, we’ll certainly shift following, monitoring creating a safe environment for the crowd to go home,” said Flynn.
To help deter trouble makers, police have brought in extra flood lights at specific locations. They’ve also added temporary cameras and lights for constant surveillance of Kilbourn Park.
“This is so we can monitor the crowd as they get to that point and we’ll also have officers staged and deployed all the way up to Holton Street,” said Dept. Inspector Donald Gaglione.
The park has posed problems in past years for police, said Gaglione. In 2011, a flash mob of teens tore through a nearby gas station at North Humboldt and East North Avenues.
Flynn said North Avenue has always been a priority area for them to patrol on July 3 because of the number of residences.
However, “Obviously the events of two years ago are troubling and are on our mind,” he said. “We find a proactive police presence there seems to go a long way toward deterring misbehavior.”