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 December 15, 2014 - Sheriff Clarke released a public service announcement in support of law enforcement officers. To listen, CLICK HERE.  Text below.

Our law enforcement officers are under attack and need your help. This is Sheriff David Clarke.  Opportunistic politicians in high profile positions are bending over backwards trying to score some cheap political points.  Aided by cop-hating anarchists, they are slandering your communities’ finest.  Are we perfect?  Far from it; but our communities would collapse into chaos without us.  Most people get that. The next time you see an officer, stop them and thank them for their service.  They need that…Can I count on you?




 November 26, 2104 - Local Milwaukee activist approves of violence in Ferguson.  Read comments here.

 Alderman Donovan sent out  a news release today about the City of Milwaukee public safety in disarray: Click here to read release.


City of Oak Creek's Community Health Improvement Plan - Alcohol and Drug Task Force is hosting a community discussion on teen drug use and prevention, "What Parents Don't Know and Teens Aren't Telling," on Oct. 30, 2014, 6pm-8pm.  Read more.


 This is one reason why Sheriff Clarke embraces the fact that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calls him unreasonable:


 2014 MCSO Awards Program - Sheriff Clarke honored deputies, correctional officers and civilians for heroic acts and community service.  Read details in the program. Visit our Facebook page to see photos of all of the recipients.



 August 26, 2014 - Editorial cartoon in the Chicago Tribune, by Scott Stantis.  Caption: "We, the media, find you guilty! How do you plead?"  (Media to law enforcement officer).



 June 27, 2014 - Editorial cartoon in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 'We will continue to report subtle insinuations that ALL police officers are RACIST thugs and militarized soulless drones to BOOST our RATINGS - so stay tuned!'


 June 16, 2014 - Alderman Donovan issued a news release today, "Where's the Plan," and a copy of his letter to Mayor Barrett after a particularly violent weekend of shootings in Milwaukee. Looks like Sheriff Clarke is not the only one accusing the mayor of being MIA on crime and violence.  The Sentinel Journal usually ignores Alderman Donovan like they do the Sheriff,  so do not expect this to receive any print news attention.  Click here to read release and letter.

June 5, 2014 - Nice letter from Marquette University's Father Wild to Sheriff Clarke in thanks for his support of Wisconsin Act 265.  Click here to read letter.

 June 3, 2014 -  Looks like others are beginning to speak out on what has been said by the Sheriff for quite some time.  It should be obvious to anyone with their eyes wide open that Tom Barrett's lack of vision and strategy is painfully obvious. Click here to read news release from Ald. Joe Davis. "Milwaukee, is out of control."


February 24, 2014 - Mayor Barrett's State of the City Address


 February 7, 2014 - Tom Kertscher's "PolitiFact" on Sheriff Clarke's comments made during interview on residency is more fiction than fact. Listen to the interview for his full response to reporter Don Walker.  Sheriff doesn't claim the entire bill is city tax as Kertscher states.


 November 13, 2013 - Milwaukee is Dying the Death of a Thousand Cuts: Is There a Doctor in the House?  MPS chart


October 31, 2013 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Misrepresents sheriff's park patrol stats in "editori-a-lie."


October 29, 2013 - Squad dash cam video of pursuit of drunken driver.  DUI-3rd crashes, car goes airborne and strikes squad's front window, injuring deputy.

 October 29, 2013 - Squad dash cam of second squad involved in pursuit, crashing into attenuator barrels and debris from drunken driver crash.

 October 29, 2013 - Squad dash cam from third squad, showing first two squads involved in crash caused by drunken driver.




- Sheriff Clarke received his master’s degree in Security Studies from U.S Navy Vice Admiral Richard W. Hunt at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California in September 2013. Click here to read NPS news release.
Vice Admiral Hunt received his BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975 and a Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management in 1988 from the Naval Postgraduate School.

- August 2013

 Sheriff Clarke appears on Geraldo Rivera's Fox News program to discuss the stop and frisk law:

Segment 1 - Geraldo Rivera introduction to the segment on the stop and frisk law

Segment 2 - Sheriff Clarke states the activist judge's decision is not grounded in law and will not stand

Segment 3 - Discussion on racial profiling

Segment 4 - Final comments on racial profiling


- Sheriff Clarke sat on a panel at Community Brainstorming on Saturday, June 22.  The topic for discussion centered on the 2nd Amendment and the black community in Milwaukee.  Read more here. 


- Letter from Milwaukee resident in support of Sheriff Clarke. The writer noted that he sent it as a letter to the editor, but he only sees negative letters printed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


- County Board committee votes 4 to 3 to silence Sheriff Clarke on personal safety announcements.  Read Supervisor Alexander's news release detailing the hypocrisy of some of her colleagues on the board.  Click here.


- M Magazine, Milwaukee's premier lifestyle magazine, features a cover and profile story on Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.  Read the article here.


- May 2013 - Click here to listen to Sheriff Clarke's third personal safety announcement.

 Text of message:

 I’m Sheriff Clarke. To avoid being a victim of crime you don’t have to be the toughest or fastest person on the block. Your age and gender don’t matter either. Here’s what’s important…attention to your surroundings is critical…recognize the threat… know who’s around you when walking down the street, getting into your car or going into your home. And if you smell trouble??? Trust your instincts…be decisive…use the element of surprise against your attacker, and most importantly, be ruthless in your response.  Are you ready?


-May 17, 2013 - The Milwaukee County Board Supervisor Pat Jursik proposes an ordinance aimed at Sheriff Clarke to prohibit his Public Safety Announcements.  Read the ordinance here.


- May 3, 2013 - Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and members of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office command gather outside Hi-Mount Boulevard Community School for a wreath-laying ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the disappearance of Alexis Patterson. They are joined by The Reverend Don Darius Butler, MCSO Associate Chaplain and Pastor of Tabernacle Community Baptist Church in Milwaukee.The school, at 49th and Garfield in Milwaukee's Washington Heights neighborhood, was attended by Alexis, a 7-year-old and a first-grader, when she vanished on May 3, 2002. Sheriff Clarke continues to plea that anyone having information regarding Alexis Patterson contact the Milwaukee Police Cold Case Hotline at 414.935.1212 or the Milwaukee Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center at 414.278.4788. Information leading to the return of Alexis, or those responsible for her abduction, remain eligible for a $10,000 reward from the Sheriff's Office.  Click to view picture of ceremony.


- May 1, 2013 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article and statement from Sheriff Clarke on judge's ruling to shift control of the County Correctional Facility-South (formerly the House of Correction) away from the Sheriff's Office.  Read article and statement here.


- April 9, 2013 - Read Charlie Sykes' take on a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about an audit regarding the Sheriff's Office:  At what cost would these savings come? 


- March 7, 2013 - An undercover deputy was able to get a gun through six court complex security screening checkpoints recently.  The County Executive's Office oversees court complex security.  Sheriff Clarke has called attention to County Executive Abele about problems with the Milwaukee County Courthouse Complex security since 2011.  Read the letter the sheriff sent the county executive in Nov. 2011 with recommendations on improving security.  The letter was ignored, and the sheriff sent out a release in Nov. 2011.  Read letter here.  Read release. 


- March 4, 2013 - Letter from Sheriff Clarke to Senator Lindsey Graham regarding testimony of Chief Flynn on Feb. 26.  Read the letter here.


- March 2013 - Click here to listen to Sheriff Clarke's second personal safety public service announcement

   Text of message:


This is Sheriff David Clarke. Violent crime went up nearly 10% in Milwaukee. Are you the next victim? You don’t have to be! But that’s your call.
Armed criminals are being put back on the street by a soft-on-crime court system even before the ink dries on police reports. Are you prepared to handle a life or death threat?
Wisconsin’s Personal Protection Act now gives you the same advantage that I have. Now it’s the crook who has to wonder what you might do. It can be a great equalizer… but you always have to think survival… Remember, it’s you and me now.
- February 26, 2013 - Sheriff Clarke on the Sean Hannity Show with rape victim Amanda Collins.  Listen to the segment - Part 1.   Segment Part 2.


January 2013 - Click here to listen to Sheriff Clarke's personal safety public service announcement

   Text of message:

   I’m Sheriff David Clarke, and I want to talk to you about something personal…your safety. It’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game, but are you ready? With officers laid-off and furloughed, simply calling 9-1-1 and waiting is no longer your best option. You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back; but are you prepared? Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?


 Comic strip shows reaction to the personal safety message.  Click here to view.


- January 28, 2013 - Milw.Journal Sentinel Poll: Is Sheriff Clarke right to call for citizens to arm themselves for self defense?  Click here for poll results


-  December 19, 2012 - National topic - gun control:

-  September 27, 2012 - MCSO Awards Ceremony.  Click here to read about this year's awardees.



Sheriff Clarke made an appearance on Geraldo Rivera's Fox News "Geraldo at Large" program to discuss the stop-and-frisk law and racial profiling. Segment 1. Segment 2. Segment 3. Closing comment-Segment 4.

News Releases

12/14/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 5 Arrests

12/12/2014 Sheriff Clarke to Ring Bells for Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign

12/07/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 12 Arrests

12/06/2014 Deputies Respond to Protesters Walking on Freeway

12/05/2014 Deputies Arrests Drunken Driver Who Had Two-Year-Old Child in Car

12/04/2014 Sheriff's Deputies, Other Law Enforcement Agencies Volunteer for 8th Annual Shop With a Cop

11/30/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 12 Arrests

11/26/2014 Man Dies in Rollover Crash on Freeway

11/25/2014 Court Upholds Sheriff's Termination of Deputy

11/23/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 10 Arrests

11/19/2014 Driver Apprehended After Fleeing Crash Scene

11/17/2014 Sheriff's Detectives Investigate Child Abuse Case at Children's Hospital

11/16/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 7 Arrests

11/09/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 6 Arrests

11/05/2014 Wrong-way Drunken Driver to be Sentenced

11/02/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 13 Arrests

10/27/2014 Sheriff's Deputies and Partner Agencies Arrest 14 Registered Sex Offenders

10/27/2014 Body Found Near Kosciuszko Park Lagoon

10/26/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 7 Arrests

10/21/2014 Sheriff's Office Monitors Sex Offenders During Trick or Treat Hours

10/19/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 11 Arrests

10/17/2014 Jail Medical Staff Follows Infectious Disease Protocol

10/13/2014 Woman Jumps from Hoan Bridge

10/12/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 9 Arrests

10/09/2014 Sheriff Approves Jail Protocol in Place for Ebola Virus Screening

10/06/2014 MCSO Partners with MPD on Truck Inspections

10/05/2014 Plane Passenger Dies at GMIA

10/05/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 11 Arrests

10/03/2014 Man Charged for Making Telephone Threats

10/01/2014 Fatal Crash on US-45 Caused by Reckless Driver-Faces Two Felony Charges

09/28/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 13 Arrests

09/22/2014 Two Drunken Drivers Crash into Each Other, Also Strike Another Vehicle

09/22/2014 Sheriff Clarke to Honor Deputies, Correctional Officers and Civilians

09/21/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 13 Arrests

09/17/2014 Sheriff Applauds Judge in Stiffening Sentence for Concertina Bar Armed Robber

09/17/2014 Deputies Stop Wrong-Way Drunken Driver on US-45

09/16/2014 Recent Budget Move by County Executive Abele Causes Sheriff to Express Concern of Retribution in 2015 Budget (View Email)

09/11/2014 Deputies Arrest Woman Who Assaulted County Security Guard at JJC

09/10/2014 Sheriff to Attend 9/11 Commemoration at Fire Station with St. Marcus School

09/10/2014 Deputies Stop DUI-5th Who Rear-Ended Vehicle on Freeway

09/07/2014 Wrong-way Suspected Drunken Driver in Head-on Collision

                      Operation Drive Sober Results in 5 Arrests

09/03/2014 Safely Securing Items/Furnishings for Freeway Transport

09/02/2014 20 Drunken Drivers, 7 Repeat Offenders Arrested During Labor Day DUI Enforcement

08/29/2014 HOC Inmate on Huber Arrested for Battery at Children's Court

08/26/2014 Sentencing Wednesday in George Webb Fatal Shooting Case

08/26/2014 Watered Down Charge in Exchange for Plea Bargain in Felony Murder-Attempted Armed Robbery

08/26/2014 Sheriff Highlights Dangerously-Low Staffing Levels

08/24/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 6 Arrests

08/23/2014 Car Narrowly Misses Striking Squad, Driver Flees Traffic Stop

08/20/2014 Sheriff Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

08/20/2014 Sheriff Wins Appeal in Case Brought Against Him by Former Deputy

08/19/2014 Sentencing Wednesday in George Webb Fatal Shooting Case

08/19/2014 Deputy Involved in Crash When a Vehicle Runs Stop Sign, Driver Flees Scene

08/19/2014 Sheriff Orders Internal Investigation into MCSO Captain's Arrest for Drunken Driving in Minnesota

08/17/2014 Deputy Injured in Motorcycle Crash

08/17/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 8 Arrests

08/16/2014 Safety Building Affected by Flooding Caused by Faulty Pipe

08/12/2014 Subject Sheriff Pulled Over in DV Traffic Stop Posted Bail; Arrested Again Today for Harassing Victim

08/10/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 8 Arrests, 5 Repeat Offenders

08/08/2014 Sheriff Attributes Proliferation of Auto Thefts to Lenient Prosecution

08/08/2014 Sheriff Stops Man in Domestic Violence Incident in Progress Listen to Dispatch Call

08/08/2014 Road Closures for USA Triathlon National Championships

08/06/2014 Sheriff Responds to NNO Criticism from other Elected Officials

08/06/2014 Sheriff's Detectives Nail HOC Inmate in Murder for Hire Case

08/05/2014 Sheriff to Launch MCSO Mobile Phone App

08/04/2014 Sheriff to Address National Night Out Week and Milwaukee Violence

08/03/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 10 Arrests; DUI Driver Strikes Squad, Injures Deputy

08/01/2014 County Lawyer Assaulted at Courthouse After Court Hearing

07/30/2014 Sheriff's Detectives' Armed Robbery Investigation Leads to Arrest of Parks Employee in Inside Job

07/29/2014 Sheriff Reissues Request for Public to be Watchful at Religious Sites

07/29/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 8 Arrests; 3 Repeat Offenders

07/29/2014 Deputy Injured in Motorcycle Crash

07/28/2014 Sheriff Applauds Judge in Stiff Sentence for Drunk Driver

07/27/2014 Sheriff Asks for Public's Help in Monitoring Activity Around Area Religious Sites

07/27/2014 Weather Related Multiple Vehicle Crash on I94 at 35th Street

07/27/2014 Apparent Medical Death in Whitnall Park - Victim Identified

07/21/2014 Hoyte Park (Menomonee River) Drowning Victim Identified

07/20/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 8 Arrests; 2 Repeat Offenders

07/19/2014 Detectives Investigate Death of Taxi Cab Driver

07/18/2014 Deputies Arrest Drunken Driver for DUI-5th

07/17/2014 Deputies Arrest Drunken Driver for DUI-6th

07/16/2014 Previously Fired Corrections Officer Sentenced Today

07/16/2014 Sheriff David Clarke Brings VINE Protective Order Service to Milwaukee County

07/15/2014 Sheriff Orders Motorists to Move Over

07/13/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 8 Arrests

07/12/2014 Squad Struck at Crash Scene - Deputy Injured

07/09/2014 Deputies Arrest Woman for DUI-2nd with Three Children in Vehicle

07/07/2014 Man jumps from Hoan Bridge

07/06/2014 Operation Drive Sober Results in 12 arrests, 2 Repeat Offenders

07/03/2014 Detectives seek charges against three in assault on bus passengers

07/03/2014 Deputies arrest two repeat drunken driving offenders

07/02/2014 Lincoln Memorial Drive, Hoan Bridge Closures for Fireworks

07/02/2014 Sheriff Thanks Media, Public for Their Help in Identifying Assault Suspects

07/02/2014 Sheriff, County Executive Joint Media Release - FMLA Abuse Crackdown

07/01/2014 Sheriff Asks for Public's Help to ID Assault Suspects on Bus




Accident Report Lookup

Crashes investigated by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office are now available. In a continuing effort to improve customer service, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. is using technology to make information more accessible to the public. The new accident report website allows a citizen to locate and print a copy of an accident report completed by the investigating deputy.  Citizens should allow approximately five working days from the date of the crash for the report to be available on the site.

Click here for the Accident Report Lookup website

Snow Emergency / Crash Reporting

Report an accident that occurred on the Milwaukee County Freeway System within 24 hours

Click here to access the form

Citizen Complaint Form

The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing a culture of service that delivers customer satisfaction to its citizens.  We expect our employees to be courteous and professional at all times.  For quality assurance, we have developed an electronic citizen complaint form for your convenience. We value your feedback. 

Complaints submitted through this format are forwarded directly to the Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division for review and investigation.  Please provide us with as much information as possible.  An officer from Internal Affairs will contact you regarding your complaint.  Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke thanks you for taking the time to tell us about your concerns.  Your input is a valuable tool that we use in order to provide the exceptional service that you -- the taxpayer -- pay for and should expect.

Click here for the Citizen Complaint Form

Inmate Search

As part of a continuing effort to improve customer service, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. is using available technology to make the Sheriff’s Office user-friendly and even more accessible to the public.  The inmate search program allows a citizen to find out if an inmate is in custody in the downtown Milwaukee County Jail.
Click here to access the inmate search

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