Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn swore in 17 “ambassadors” yesterday to work with police officers for a year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. All of the ambassadors are between ages 18 and 25. Some are college graduates, while others are continuing their education. Many have other part-time jobs. Each ambassador will be paired with a police officer mentor for one year. They will work part time, earning $10.66 an hour, at district stations, the training academy, the 911 communications center and in the Office of Community Outreach and Education.
Their salaries are paid through federal Workforce Investment Act funding that flows through the state Department of Workforce Development and is supplemented with local community development block grants. Not only will the ambassadors learn from the officers, but the officers will learn from them, Mayor Tom Barrett said. “This is about how we become a better community,” he said. “For this city to succeed, we have to be a city where the residents can respect and work with the Police Department. We also have to be a city where the members of the Police Department can respect and work with members of the community.”