MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Milwaukee's police chief is urging officers to get out of their squad cars and walk the streets to interact with people who live in the city.
Chief Edward Flynn says a good way to reduce the crime rate is for officers to do less driving through troubled neighborhoods and more talking with residents, so the officers can learn more information about crimes and gang activity.
Gun violence has spiked in Milwaukee this year. As of Thursday, 62 homicides were reported, which is 19 percent more than last year at this time. There have been 343 non-fatal shootings over the same time period, which is up 5 percent.
Flynn says lawmakers need to get tougher on crime, but it's also up to his officers to be more active in the community.
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