Does Shorewood Have Enough Police Officers?

The village has 1.82 officers for every 1,000 people living in the community. Use this searchable database on Patch to see how this compares with others around the state.

When it comes to how many police officers a community should have, is there a right number?

Federal statistics show the Shorewood Police Department was near the middle of the pack in terms of staffing ratios among North Shore police forces in 2011.

With 24 police officers serving a community of 13,219 people, the police department staffed 1.82 officers for every 1,000 people living in the village in 2011. That ratio was slightly above neighboring Whitefish Bay — a village of 14,171 that also staffs 24 officers. 

Use this searchable database on Patch to find the different populations of municipalities across Wisconsin and see how your town ranks with police protection.

Here's a breakdown of staffing at North Shore police departments and Milwaukee:

Municipality Officer ratio Population Law enforcement employees Officers Shorewood 1.82 13,219 29 24 Whitefish Bay 1.69
14,171 26 24 Fox Point 2.53 6,730 18 17 Bayside  2.95 4,408 20 13 Glendale 3.33 12,928 43 47 Mequon 1.51 23,233 35 43 Milwaukee 3.12 597,426 2,586 1,862

There are no federal or state — or even local — mandates for how many officers provide optimal protection and service. 

"Ready-made, universally applicable patrol staffing standards do not exist," The International Association of Chiefs of Police states in a recent patrol staffing and deployment study. "Ratios, such as officers-per-thousand population, are totally inappropriate as a basis for staffing decisions."

Instead, the study says needs should be determined by a number of different factors, including:

  • Priorities
  • Number of calls for service
  • Population size, density and composition
  • Citizen demands for protective services
  • Municipal resources

Data is from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual Crime in the United States report, which incorporates information reported to the FBI by law enforcement agencies. This report covers 2011.

How do police stay busy in Shorewood

Read the regular police blotters to find out

CowDung December 04, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Scott Walker won't let the drones unionize, much less strike...
Adam W. McCoy December 04, 2012 at 06:37 AM
How about the imminent zombie apocalypse?
David Tatarowicz December 05, 2012 at 03:34 PM
You left out River Hills City River Hills Population 1,604.00 Total law enforcement employees 12.00 Total officers 12.00 Total civilians 0.00 Officers per thousand people 7.48
David Tatarowicz December 05, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I think an important part of the equation is the number of CSO's (community service officers aka parking checkers) .... I think that CSO's can do a lot more of the routine service calls that are not domestic in nature that would free up sworn officers for the heavy lifting. CSO's can also be used for traffic control --- and why not for routine school matters that are not criminal in nature? Right now I am not aware of any CSO's at night, but they could be the ones enforcing parking regulations and giving the sworn officers more time to prowl the alleys and streets and deterring break ins. CSO's can also be a good training ground for eventual promotion to officer status, and ideal candidates could be those enrolled in criminal justice programs full or part time, and working as CSO's full or part time, as may be co-ordinated. I think Shorewood has about the right proportion of sworn officers considering vacation, sick leave, holidays, 365 day staffing needs, etc ......... but additional CSO's can help keep the officers more focused on what they can do best.
David Tatarowicz December 05, 2012 at 03:44 PM
How do Glendale and Mequon have more officers than employees ? Glendale 3.33 12,928 43 47 Mequon 1.51 23,233 35 43


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