Rep. Jon Richards to introduce bill to pay for police overtime

James Kust

Rep. Jon Richards to introduce bill to pay for police overtime

CREATED Aug. 13, 2013

MADISON - Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) has announced that he will introduce legislation that would provide $500,000 in matching funds to boost city policing in Milwaukee.

Richards is a member of the Joint Finance Committee, and said he will introduce the bill "within the next week."

"Milwaukee is willing to step up to the plate and do its part to pay for increased policing," said Richards. "I am proposing that the state meet us halfway and continue supporting Milwaukee."

The state has partnered with the Milwaukee Police Department to help prevent crime since 2006. But during recent budget deliberations, several neighborhood safety and community policing programs were dropped from the budget.

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