King Drive Partners, MPD to be honored for unique crime prevention partnerships

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MPD Chief Edward Flynn

Two major public safety events will take place at King Commons II Gallery, 2775 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at 1pm on December 10th. The community will recognize the commitment of 20 police officers, prosecutors, urban planners and community members who just completed a six-week, community safety certification program designed to teach safety assessment and collaborative crime-fighting responses.

In addition, the King Drive Partners and Milwaukee Police Department will be honored with a MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award for reducing crime and spurring lasting economic development along the historic Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in downtown Milwaukee.

The SafeGrowth course, offered in Milwaukee by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and developed by AlterNation provides a holistic approach to crime prevention and aims to help people assert their own sense of control over neighborhood problems in collaboration with government, private sector and nonprofit partners.

As a result of the dedication of community leaders participating in this program, the neighborhoods in Police Districts 2, 3 and 5 will experience a big boost in safety.

Participants learned how to alter the environment in their neighborhoods to reduce and prevent crime.

The King Drive Partners and Milwaukee Police Department will be honored with a MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award. The national award, sponsored by MetLife Foundation and administered by the LISC, recognizes partnerships between community organizations and police departments that have reduced crime and spurred positive development in low-income communities.

At the ceremony, MetLife Managing Director Scott Downs and Agency Sales Director Elizabeth Henriks  will present the $15,000 award to the Milwaukee partners, who are among just 11 winners selected out of 720 applications from 48 states.

Composed of over 100 businesses along the historic Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, the Business Improvement District (BID) served as a key leader in the multi-agency King Drive Partners.

Public safety and maintenance are a strong focus of the BID, and these are supported through a Public Safety Committee, which targets the perceptions and realities of crime, fear and disorder.

The Public Safety Committee works to identify where BID resources should be allocated by analyzing crime data collected by the city and then partnering with police to modify officer deployment to advance collaborative goals.

Since inception of the partnership, the area has welcomed dozens of new businesses and gained more than $200 million worth of new commercial and residential development, due in part to drops in real crime and improvements in how the area is perceived.

These two events mark another milestone in LISC’s commitment to public safety. LISC is a recognized leader in revitalizing distressed urban neighborhoods, and takes a comprehensive approach to community development with a strong emphasis on public safety.

LISC’s approach to building sustainable communities includes expanding investment in real estate, increasing family prosperity, stimulating economic development, improving access to education, and supporting healthy environments and lifestyles.  The King Drive Partners is a multi-agency partnership. Lead agencies include the Historic King Drive BID, Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation, and the City of Milwaukee.

The BID is an organization responsible for the improvement, economic development and promotion of the two-mile stretch of Martin Luther King Drive. MLKEDC is the leading sponsor for most of the commercial development along the King Drive corridor.

In the past 15 years there has been over $200 million of new development in the BID.

This success can be attributed to the collaborative effort of the BID members, its partners, and the Harambee residential community.

About LISC: LISC is the nation’s leading community development support organization. Since 1980, LISC has marshaled $9 billion from 3,100 investors, lenders and donors to foster the revitalization of more than 300 urban neighborhoods and rural communities.

LISC Milwaukee concentrates its efforts in the central city where LISC helps underwrite and facilitate comprehensive community planning, and supports the implementation of these plans through grants, loans, and technical support.

As a national program, LISC’s Community Safety Initiative supports strategic alliances between police and community developers to reduce crime, disorder and fear in troubled neighborhoods.

LISC has administered the MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Awards since 2002. More information about LISC can be found at

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