The Badger Institute has conducted a survey of Wisconsin police departments’ processes used when disciplinary actions against police offers are issued. The survey most intensely focuses on Madison and Milwaukee police departments, with findings that transparency at Madison police departments regarding police discipline processes very much surpasses the transparency at Milwaukee police departments. There is also much work to be done regarding police departments’ transparency across the entire state.
Regarding the disciplinary processes statewide and the highlighted deficiencies in Milwaukee police departments’ disciplinary transparency, many solutions are offered in the Badger Institute’s report titled, “How to Make Police Discipline Fair, Quick, Transparent and Decisive”. Solutions offered include extending Act 10 to police, extending probationary periods, eliminating arbitration and ensuring details of police misconduct are accessible to citizens across the state.