Police Expenditure

  • The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) requested $312 million dollars in 2020.

  • Revenue from property taxes in Milwaukee is no longer enough to pay for the police department

  • The police budget has increased by over 25% in the last five years.

  • Last year the MPD spent $20 million more than the Milwaukee Fire Department, Health Department, libraries, and neighborhood services combined.

  • The 2018 budget included cuts to 75 firefighter jobs and six fire station meanwhile in 2018 the police department received $293.7 million.

Photo Credit: Joe Brusky

Photo Credit: Joe Brusky

Previous Budget Breakdown

  • Health : 2 %

  • Neighborhood Service: 3%

  • Library: 3%

  • Other: 3%

  • Administration: 7%

  • Fire: 17%

  • Public Works: 19%

  • Police : 46%

 

Comparison of Police Expenditures

Police Expenditures in neighboring cities are less than that of the Milwaukee Police Department. *Source: From 2017 Forbes Article - How Much Do U.S. Cities Spend Every Year On Policing?