The Milwaukee Police Department says its The Source website “provides the whole story — the one that television, radio and newspapers don’t have space or time to provide their audiences.” Also, “we’ll correct the news stories that got it wrong and highlight the ones that got it right.”
Police Chief Ed Flynn writes in one post:
This news site replaces the outdated face-to-face briefings with a select few media representatives, with a contemporary platform that enables anyone who wants to, with access to information for all. That is the essence of public information. To the Journal Sentinel I say, “Welcome to the 21st Century.”
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has aggressively covered the police department, while Milwaukee Magazine has been friendly to Chief Ed Flynn and his department. One of its writers said earlier this year that “no Milwaukee chief in modern times has presided over a bigger reduction in crime. Yet, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has done series after series of ‘Watchdog’ stories criticizing the department.”
The police department’s press release is after the jump.
CITY OF MILWAUKEE POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE
Edward A. Flynn, Chief of Police
CONTACT: ANNE E. SCHWARTZ DATE: May 7, 2012 414-935-7209
CHIEF FLYNN ENCOURAGES COMMUNITY TO COME TO “THE SOURCE” FOR MPD NEWS
Chief Flynn invites you to The Source at www.milwaukeepolicenews.com, the Milwaukee Police Department’s Website news source for the community and the media to learn the most up-to-date information on MPD.
The Source provides the whole story – the one that television, radio and newspapers don’t have space or time to provide their audiences. We’ll post updates on current investigations and show videos of crimes in progress where you can help us catch the suspect. We’ll give you the opportunity to check out our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages where you can “follow” or “like” what we post there. We’ll correct the news stories that got it wrong and highlight the ones that got it right. The Source will share the good news stories on outstanding police work and heroic actions by officers not always covered in the mainstream news outlets.
We encourage you to check back to The Source at www.milwaukeepolicenews.com when you hear news reports that prompt you to seek more information. We’d like you to check us out first, because we will provide the news to you at the same time we’re providing it to the media. That way, the community and the news media receive it all at the same time – you don’t have to wait for 5 p.m. or 10 p.m. to get the story. And you get it all right there.
The Milwaukee Police Department envisions a Milwaukee where all can live safely and without fear, protected by a police department with the highest ethical and professional standards. Our mission is, in partnership with the community, to create a maintain neighborhoods capable of sustaining civic life. We commit to reducing levels of crime, fear and disorder through community-based, problem-oriented and data-driven policing.
Milwaukee Police Officers are working in the community every day. Wonder what they’re doing? Now you have The Source.
Police Administration Building, 749 West State Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-0531 (414) 933-4444