Photos courtesy of MPD
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
March 4, 2015
Milwaukee, WI - On Wednesday, at least 17 young adults between the ages of 18 to 25 from Milwaukee were sworn in as ambassadors with the Milwaukee Police Department. Each young ambassador will be paired with a police mentor during the first Milwaukee Ambassador Police Program (MAPP) funded by federal, state and city transitional job entities. The class will last one year on the job training for the ambassadors. The ambassadors will work 20 hours per week in the police department and will receive weekly training at the police academy.
They will earn $10.66 an hour and will be assigned to different police districts, the police academy, Office of Community Outreach and Education and the 911 communications unit, according to Chief Flynn. The ambassadors salaries are provided by the federal Workforce Investment Act funding made available through the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and supplemented by city community block grants.
The young ambassador police program allows the opportunity for qualifying recipients who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, criminal justice or continued education in public safety.
The 17 recipients for the MAPP were sworn in by Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn. Mayor Tom Barrett, several Milwaukee Common Council members, local pastors and members of the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board were present at the swearing in ceremony.