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Earlier this month, former Milwaukee Police Department Capt. Eduardo Negron became the new head of MPS’ Division of School Safety and Security, according to an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
MPS considers the safety of children a number one priority. It is constantly evaluating and replacing trustworthy leaders, and also updating programs to ensure the best possible approach to keeping kids safe.
Here are three programs MPS utilizes to accomplish that.
1. Futures First Initiative (FFI)
FFI centers on academic and life success for at-risk MPS high school students. In addition to working towards raising academic scores and keeping kids from dropping out, FFI also attempts to reduce the number of juvenile and gang-related arrests.
VPP provides training and support for school staff in violence prevention programs. The focus is to enhance staff classroom management skills, to improve student social skills and conflict resolution skills, and to reduce bullying within the school setting.
The Safe Schools/Healthy Students focuses on reducing the levels of disruption and violence in schools among many other services. Violence prevention, anger management, and conflict resolution classes are available for sixth grade students. The program also funded a federal grant for the Violence-Free School Zone Initiative.
For more information:
A timeline of important improvements to increase safety in MPS
All city of Milwaukee anti-violence programs and initiatives