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MPD Officers: Community Relations Improving, Even If It's Not Always Seen

Captain Heather Wurth (L) and Sergeant Sheronda Grant (R) visited WUWM to talk about the police-community partnerships the public doesn't get to see.

Throughout WUWM's Project Milwaukeeseries this week, we've heard from police leaders, activists, and experts about what's being done to mend police-community relations in Milwaukee. We also wanted to hear how officers view the issue.

WUWM's Teran Powell sits down with Milwaukee Police Department Captain Heather Wurth, who's been with the police for more than 20 years, and 17-year veteran Sergeant Sheronda Grant.

Both say the public doesn't always learn about the positive interactions between police and residents.

"I really think that we sometimes don't get the credit that we deserve, and the community doesn't get the credit that they deserve either for their participation in the police-community relationship," Wurth says.

They also agree that the media plays a role in how the public might view the police as well.

However, both Wurth and Grant say, they have a job to do, they love it, and that's what keeps them going.

"That human interaction... that day to day connection that you have with people is something that really keeps me doing my job," Wurth explains.

» Find all of the Project Milwaukee: To Protect And Serve reports here.


Teran is WUWM's race & ethnicity reporter.
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