Help us end police residency requirement E-mail
Written by Mike Crivello   

Here in Wisconsin and particularly my city, Milwaukee, all the members of the Milwaukee Police Association are working hard to overturn the residency requirement for police officers. The city has refused to bargain over the issue so we have been forced to turn to the legislative process to accomplish our goals. During the last legislative session we nearly garnered the required support we needed to overturn the law that’s been on the books since the 1930’s and  forces all Milwaukee police officers to live within the city limits.

This year the Governor has included a provision in the state budget that would end the residency requirement and we would like your help in our effort to support this budget provision.

Right now we need to convince the Joint Finance Committee to keep this provision included in the state budget. All of us here in Milwaukee would be very grateful if you could get a letter, call or email off to the officials whose contact information is listed below. As a member of the U.S. law enforcement profession your words will carry enormous clout. And if any of you have had experience overturning your residency requirements I would appreciate hearing from you.

Call or email me when you can. My contact information is listed below.

Here are some things you can point out to the co-chairs of the Finance Committee:  

 Police Officers do not flee the city when residency restrictions are lifted.
 Tax bases are not negatively impacted, as an officer will not leave their home without selling it first for a fair market value to a new family and another tax paying citizen.
 Residency requirements have nothing to do with crime rates.
 Residency requirements have no bearing whatsoever on response times.
 Officers are professionals. Commitment to duty has nothing to with where they live – whether an officer drives a half hour or five minutes to get to work they have the exact same devotion to duty.
 A nonrestrictive residency policy means easier recruitment and retention of officers already on the job.     
 Police officers and their families should have the same right to live where they choose as every other American; forcing them to live in a certain area or city is unconstitutional and a violation of our liberties as Americans.

Please write, email or call the co-chairs of the Wisconsin State Legislature Joint Committee on Finance:

Senator Alberta Darling, Co-Chair
(608) 266-5830
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Representative John Nygren, Co-Chair
(608) 266-2343
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Thanks in advance for your help.

Mike Crivello is the president of the Milwaukee Police Association, Local 21 IUPA AFL/CIO. Tel: (414) 778-0751. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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