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The Office of Public Relations disseminates information externally to the public via telephone inquiries and through the use of electronic, print and social media. In addition, the office relays information interdepartmentally through memos, videos, electronic correspondence and education. Information may include, but is not limited to; high profile investigations, crime statistics, and community programs and engagement.

Information is disseminated using multiple communication tools which allow for the information to reach a large, diverse range of individuals. Whether it is through news conferences and news releases with the local media, in-person community engagement or education events, the goal is to be as communicative and informative as possible.

The Office of Public Relations fields requests for interviews, speakers and appearances by department members. These requests come from various entities such as schools, professional organizations, local, national and international media outlets, and community members.

Online Reporting

The Milwaukee Police Department launched the new “Police to Citizen” (P2C) site. This site will allow the public to report certain types of offenses online without the need or assistance from a sworn or civilian member.
The purpose of this site is to offer individuals a convenient way to file certain types of reports online. It will also reduce the amount of calls for service which will free up officers for more serious types of investigations.
The following criteria is required to file a report online:
The incident must have occurred in the City of Milwaukee
The reporting person must be 18 years of age or older
A valid email address is required
The following types of reports will be accepted online:
Theft valued at less than $2,500
Vandalism / Damage to Property valued at less than $2,500
Lost Property
There were over 12,050 reports of these types filed in 2021. Currently, there are over 8,280 reports of these types filed in 2022.
The following types of reports will NOT be accepted online:
Violent crime or sex-related offenses (e.g. Battery, Robbery, Kidnapping, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Arson etc.)
A crime with viable suspect information
Motor Vehicle Theft
Burglary
Identity Theft
Any offense involving a firearm (to include lost/stolen firearms)

Come join the Milwaukee Police Department during the National Faith and Blue Weekend which is scheduled from October 7, 2022 – October 10, 2022.

Each Milwaukee Police District will host a community event for all ages in partnership with the faith community. These events are free and open to the public.

Contact Us

General Inquiries: (414) 933-4444 (non-emergency number)

Media Inquiries: (414) 935-7209, (414) 935-7508 (Fax) These numbers are for NEWS MEDIA ONLY.

All general inquiries are to be directed to our non-emergency number. For requests for speakers from the Milwaukee Police Department, contact the Office of Public Relations at: mpdnews@milwaukee.gov.

**PLEASE NOTE***

The Office of Public Relations is staffed Monday-Friday from 8 AM-5 PM CST.  A night Inspector will alert the local media after hours of significant incidents. The Office is closed on weekends/holidays unless there is a matter of public safety, a critical missing person, or a critical incident. Routine media inquiries received on weekends/holidays will be answered on the next business day.