MILWAUKEE – In response to the announcement that Governor Tony Evers will invest an additional $2.2 million in violence prevention and community safety efforts in Milwaukee, State Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee) said released the following statement:

“I commend Governor Evers for once again doing the right thing for our communities by announcing an additional $2.2 million in public safety investments in the City of Milwaukee. The governor has once again clearly demonstrated that he is in touch with the needs of the people of Wisconsin and our common constituents in Milwaukee. It’s no secret that our state’s largest city has been grappling with a spike in crime since the pandemic began, as have other communities across the state and nation, but under the direction of the Governor Evers, we know he will do whatever he can. to keep our communities safe.

The $2.2 million investment announced earlier today will go towards violence prevention efforts, infrastructure investments that will help the city better manage pedestrian and vehicular traffic on weekends and during events, and helping the Milwaukee Police Department hire civilian contractors to manage technology and processing needs. , allowing the MPD to better allocate staff resources. In addition, a portion of the funding will go towards overtime costs for officers and necessary equipment.

“I am proud to have helped lead conversations about violence prevention and public safety issues throughout my tenure on the State Capitol, and to have been a consistent partner with Governor Evers on these matters of crucial importance. Those of us who have worked on these issues for as long as I know community safety is a nuanced issue with many components, and we Wisconsin residents are fortunate to have a governor who understands that.

Again, thank you Governor Evers for using your powers to help care for our community members and keep our communities safe. I hope the Legislature will follow Governor Evers’ lead and work with him next session to make these changes permanent using our state’s historic budget surpluses! »