MADISON, WI -- Representative Magnafici (R - Dresser) supports a package of bills supporting law enforcement departments across Wisconsin.
“Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect their communities, but unfortunately, there’s been a condemnation of the profession,” Rep. Magnafici said. “Showing my support for those who serve to protect us is a top priority.”
Wisconsin currently has 13,576 law enforcement officers – the lowest number in a decade. Retirements and resignations are the most significant contributors to the crisis, with retirements up 45 percent and resignations up 18 percent.
At the same time, crime is on the rise. For the first time in four years, the number of violent crimes has increased compared to the previous year. Wisconsin outpaced the rest of the nation with a nearly 9 percent increase in violent crime, and Milwaukee broke its homicide record for the second year in a row.
“My constituents understand that investing in our officers and police departments is about keeping our communities safe,” said Rep. Magnafici, “The Assembly’s action taken today aims to reverse the trend of rising crime and police officers leaving the force.”
The package allocates approximately $25 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to recruit, retain, train, support, and equip law enforcement departments.
The legislative package now heads to the state Senate for consideration.