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Wisconsin Works to Decrease Police Misconduct

Posted on: May 16th, 2017 by Chicago Police Misconduct Attorney

Police misconduct and brutality are in the news more often than not these days, especially here in Chicago.  There are countless news stories about police officers abusing their power, and it’s left a broken trust between communities and the local law enforcement.  Now, our neighbors to the north are trying to do something to stop instances of police misconduct from happening.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has created a database of officers that have resigned during an internal investigation, quit before being fired, or have been fired with cause.  The DOJ asks law enforcement agencies to report any officer that fits these categories, so they remain flagged if they try to get another job in law enforcement.

The theory behind this database is to stop officers from hopping agency to agency and continuing to rack up allegations and problems.  Sadly, this happens all too often, and there has not been a way to track it.  Now, if a flagged officer tries to apply for another job, the agency will be alerted to any issues following that officer.  Wisconsin hasn’t had many instances of police problems, and since the creation of this database in January, 59 officers have been flagged.

It also appears that many people in the state are behind this idea, including the head of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, the largest union in the state.  He said, “… no one wants a bad cop out of the profession more than a good one.”

We are excited Wisconsin has stepped forward and created this database because it is a move in the right direction to ending police misconduct.  Steps like this can help start to rebuild the trust between the public and law enforcement, which is at an all-time low right now.  We hope that more states take notice of this database and make pushes to create their own.  The only way we can end this problem is to work together, and this is a good start.