MILWAUKEE — Governor Tony Evers today announced an additional $20 million in public safety investments in Milwaukee County. The investment will provide a grant to Milwaukee County to build the Center for Forensic and Defensive Medicine, which will house the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management. The center is also funded by $99.5 million in state funds approved by the State Building Commission in August for the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s (DOJ) new Milwaukee Crime Lab. Today’s announcement builds on the Governor’s efforts to invest more than $100 million in violence prevention and community safety across the state.
“I am proud to have invested more than $100 million in crime prevention, violence prevention and health intervention, community safety efforts and ensuring that local law enforcement agencies have the resources to keep their communities safe,” the governor said Evers. “Violence is never the answer and crime has no place in our communities. Point. That’s why I continue to invest in communities across Wisconsin, and this $20 million for Milwaukee County will contribute to local and regional efforts to improve public safety through the latest advances in research and technology.”
“Thank you to Governor Evers’ administration for this important investment in the Center for Forensic and Defensive Medicine,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley. “The co-location of the Office of the Medical Examiner, the Office of Emergency Management and the State Crime Laboratory will advance emergency response coordination to a level never seen before in Wisconsin. This will improve public safety, save lives and enable more efficient and cost-effective emergency response.”
The future Center for Forensic and Preventive Medicine, which will join the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center Campus in 2025, will position the Medical College of Wisconsin as a national leader in the field of forensic medicine, creating a key center of excellence that will benefit the entire Southeast region. Wisconsin The campus will also house a new, state-of-the-art state crime lab that will enhance the forensic services provided by the Department of Justice.
“The center will increase public safety resources, expand forensics expertise, reduce long-term costs through a facility-sharing model, and address regional health equity—a win for Milwaukee and a win for Wisconsin,” the Department of Administration said . (DOA) Authorized Secretary Kathy Blumenfeld.
Since October 2021, Governor Evers has invested more than $100 million in violence prevention and community safety across the state, including:
— $45 million for violence prevention efforts and crime victim support, including more than $8 million for the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) and $17 million for the Medical College of Wisconsin Violence Prevention Project;
—$50 million for local and tribal law enforcement agencies, and to help solve criminal cases related to the pandemic, with additional public defender and assistant district attorney support; $5.5 million for the state’s Public Defender Initiative to create “roving teams” that can provide help where it’s needed most;
— $2.2 million to help the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) take immediate action to combat crime and violence;
— $1 million for summer youth programs and professional learning opportunities to ensure youth are meaningfully engaged, connecting with mentors and making positive contributions to their communities; and
— $800,000 for community safety initiatives in the City of Racine, focusing on a public health approach to violence prevention.
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