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Milwaukee Police Department Reviews

Updated November 26, 2016
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  1. "Detective"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Detective in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Detective in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Milwaukee Police Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working in law enforcement in an urban setting has a multitude of opportunities to impact the struggle for social justice. Further, it provides a stable income and reliable benefits.

    Cons

    The work can be dangerous. There are long hours. The stressors can come from a lot of directions.

    Advice to Management

    Be a resource to your direct reports. Try to be a cushion between them and upper management.


  2. "Life happens"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Fun job, a true brotherhood. In Milwaukee something crazy happens everyday, you gain experience so fast but that's also a downfall as well.

    Cons

    Politics is unreal these days. With so much taken out of your check (retirement, union, taxes, ETC) my check with NO OT on it was $1600 bi-weekly. A little over $100 a day after taxes...to fight crime in the city of Kilwaukee, it wasn't worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Do something about the morale. A lot of police officers develop alcohol related issues and instead of pushing them out when something happens, take care of your officers and make it mandatory that they seek help.


  3. "Helping the community was the best part!!!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Police Telecommunicator in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Police Telecommunicator in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Milwaukee Police Department full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with people from all walks of life and cultures!!
    Building lasting relationships with co-workers
    Helping the community

    Cons

    Leadership is weak in some ways
    We cannot help everyone, even when they need help

    Advice to Management

    Learn more about your workers and commend people on the good work that they do and do not try to shoot people down all of the time.


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  5. "Rewarding to work with many people who really care, Good Health Benefits, and Reasonable Hours."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civilian
    Current Employee - Civilian

    Pros

    Pay Ranges are clearly defined, Well defined working hours, Vacation and Comp time. Good Health Benefits Available. Occasional Inservice Training Updates, Secure and Safe Environment, Sexual Harassment Policies in place, Equal Opportunity Employer, Good Working Environment constantly improving older areas of buildings, ability to transfer between departments, Employs some of the top talented criminal investigators in the country, Department is often used as a model for other departments across the country. Orderly and Acceptable Indoor work environment for most locations. Job for life if you want it.

    Cons

    Very little room for suggestions from civilians. Quasi Military. Top down Philosophy. Department very dependent on a Good Chief and a Good Mayor. Department often suffers due to to politics and popular opinion from the city council. Some supervisors are old school and due not understand the significance of harassment policies. Rules and Regulations often broken within its own departments and employees. Secretive. Must be able to withhold sensitive information from any and all relationships. Making up stories or covering things up is par for the course. Everyone watches their own back. Sometimes you thing you have a friend but they will easily sell you out to protect themselves or help someone else. Element of trust between co-workers is low. Department never has enough funding for sometimes very basic and essential needs. Upper management often takes risks in favor pleasing the chief or mayor. Roll Call Information and training is often skipped over or not received by all persons which has led to very serious consequences. There is often a very deep resentment from the bottom up and employees count the days til retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Take more of an interest in the ideas of the department as a whole especially those working in the lower ranks as they are often the ones working directly with the public and have many ideas of how to improve operations. Give proper recognition to those who come up with good usable ideas no matter what their ranking. Don't let up on the important things, like signing off on Roll Call Training as the consequences and public upset is not worth the bad habits that lead to laziness. Take harassment complaints seriously no matter what the gender, race, or rank because the department still employs individuals who are only out for themselves and don't have any respect for what it means to have a pleasant working environment without prejudice.