ON-Lion Letter
With support from the local Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the City of Milwaukee's Fire and Police Commission is retaining the Hanover Justice Group in New Jersey to review violent criminal activity in the city and indentify strategies that the Milwaukee Police Department can employ to have a sustainable impact on the level of crime.  The review will be led by George Kelling, a professor at Rutgers University's School of Criminal Justice and chairman of the Police Institute there.  Kelling's work will help develop the criteria used to evaluate candidates seeking to be the city's next police chief.

Kelling is a nationally prominent crime-control analyst and co-author, with Bradley Prize recipient James Q. Wilson, of the "broken-windows" theory of crime control.  According to the "broken-windows" theory, unchecked disorder and other signs of crime lead to increased fear, more-serious crime, and more-severe urban decay.

"As we work to strengthen our Police Department, it's important to me that we are using every resource as best we can to make our residents and neighborhoods safer," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.  "I am grateful to the Bradley Foundation for their partnership in our efforts to reduce crime in the community."

Kelling is also a fellow of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research's Center for Civic Innovation, which the Bradley Foundation also supports.  He has consulted with police agencies around the world on crime-control issues and is also currently working with the Los Angeles Police Department and its chief, Bill Bratton.

During the late 1980s, Kelling developed the order-maintenance policies in the New York City subway system that ultimately led to radical crime reductions there.  He later worked with the New York Police Department, helping it dramatically reduce crime, as well.  He earned his master's degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

"Like others in the community, the Bradley Foundation is concerned about public safety, and we have great confidence in the work of Dr. Kelling and his associates," Bradley president Michael Grebe said.  "We are pleased to be able to support this project."
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