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Welcome to the North Side

District Five is comprised of a 7.7 square mile area with a district population of nearly 68,000 residents.

This area of the city is home to diverse and vibrant neighborhoods as well as some of Milwaukee’s most prominent historical buildings. In the south of the district lies the young, hip Riverwest area and the Brewers Hill neighborhood with its array of historic architecture. To the north, lie the Arlington Heights neighborhood and Harambee, a name derived from the Swahili word for “Pulling Together.” Through their strong churches and community centers who partner with MPD, that’s exactly what they do, pull together to give hope for the future.

District five boasts both old homes and new developments. But the Northside’s most valuable asset is a solid core of community-minded people. Residents who work hard to make their neighborhood a better place to live.

Large corporations employing over 16,000 people, including American Motors and AO Smith, closed their doors leaving a challenging environment for residents. Business districts were created in these former areas, which include Century City and Riverworks and are revitalizing the neighborhoods of District Five and creating additional employment.

The Bronzeville area is being rejuvenated with events like Bronzeville Days and new businesses including Pete’s Fruit Market and Gee’s Clippers. District Five is also the host to the longest running Juneteenth Day Festival in the nation.

The District Five Police Station
is located at 2920 N. 4th Street.

MPD in District Five

Tactics, programs and community outreach used by the police department throughout the district.

liason officer

Community Liason Officers

MPD officers communicate, coordinate and partner with community organizers to bridge the gap between the residents of District Five and the police department.

community prosecution unit

Community Prosecution Unit

The MPD works closely with community organizers, aldermen and the Department of Neighborhood Service (DNS) to target quality of life issues and help address long term issues specific to the district.


District Events

The MPD helps host events in the district that help improve community relations like National Night Out, a community Thanksgiving dinner and various Christmas projects.

community meetings

Community Meetings

Officers host monthly meetings held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Martin L King JR. Dr. Library to address community concerns and share crime prevention tips

District Five 2017 Crime Stats vs. Previous Year

Versus the previous year, decreases in theft (-9%), motor vehicle theft (-17%), and armed robberies (-21%).




Motor Vehicle Theft


Armed Robbery

Community Leaders

Claudia Pizano

Safe and Sound Community Prosecution
Unit Coordinator

Claudia is the Safe and Sound Community Prosecution Unit Coordinator in District Five. She helps to facilitate neighborhood concerns between the public and the police.

Carol Knuth

Coalition for Hope Block Watch

Carol is the treasurer for the Coalition for Hope Block Watch. Coalition for Hope encompasses the community located on the west side of District Five and is just west of Atkinson Park. Each year they fund raise to buy and collect backpacks for neighborhood children and host a summer picnic for the community.


Amani/Dominican Center

Through the center, officers and the community work together on several projects, including listening sessions, the Amani Safety Team, Christmas giving projects, a movie day for youth in the neighborhood and a day trip to the zoo. In addition to all of the community outreach that Amani does, they also have educational opportunities, promote economic development and work to better health outcomes for the Amani area.
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Northcott Neighborhood House

While hosting the longest running Juneteeth Festival is certainly a major event, Northcott also assists the community with job placement/training, child care and a food pantry.

MPD Resources

Various MPD organizations and community programs are available to assist a variety of communities across Milwaukee.