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Milwaukee Could Lose 20% of Police to Retirement by 2018

June 24, 2016  | 

Some 339 officers with the Milwaukee Police Department will be eligible to retire by the end of 2017. That means nearly 20% of the city's 1,889 sworn police officers could retire over the next 18 months.

"It's certainly not a revelation," said Mike Crivello, president of the Milwaukee Police Association. "For years, I have been preaching to the Fire and Police Commission, the Common Council, and the mayor's office that this would happen."

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said the city has been closely tracking officer retirement numbers for years, and considers retirements when hiring new officers.

"We are well aware of the fact that there are going to be a significant number of people eligible for retirement, and that goes directly into our budget planning process," Barrett said.

The mayor said he anticipates the city will hire more new police officers to cover those retiring, but added that the total number of officers may not increase.

Sworn police are eligible to retire at age 57, or after 25 years of service, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

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kevcopAz @ 6/25/2016 7:55 AM

I fully understand that the city needs to watch the budget and can't have 300+ officers in waiting and ready (and being paid) to replace those that are leaving, but they need to stay a little ahead since new officer take time to train and become street ready. Some sites are worse, in Phx we had the DROP program, one reason we had it was to "plan" and be ready for officers to replace those that are required to leave at the end of 5 years of DROP. Yet our city chose to not hire for 6+ years! thus when these officers left all hell broke loose. Street was under,banned, detectives were not replaced, units folded and those that remained were stretched to cover. This caused OT $ which drained the budget more then it would have to just hire some folks along the way. Stupid, poor planning. This was NOT the police Chief/Department but the city pols.

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