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Downtown & The East Side.

District One comprises a 5.1 square mile area of Milwaukee's Downtown and East Side with a district population in excess of 45,000 people.

Milwaukee Public Market
Opened in 2005, this city landmark in the Historic Third Ward has become a downtown food and tourist destination.

Today, District One has a wide variety of differing population groups and neighborhoods as well as many businesses. Downtown is home to large corporations, office buildings, restaurants, hotels and exciting night life and dining. Water Street and Old World Third Street are among the entertainment areas of downtown. District One is also home to UWM and the shops and restaurants of E. North Avenue, Brady Street and Farwell Avenue.

Attractions include Summerfest, the Performing Arts Center, Public and Art Museums and Discovery World, as well as many theaters and music venues. Jazz In The Park, River Rhythms, Farmers Markets, Parades, Air and Water Show, Fireworks Displays, and Street Festivals, along with many more events are held in District One.

The Hoan Bridge
Connecting the Bay View neighborhood to downtown, the bridge was opened to traffic in 1977 and has become an iconic symbol of the city.

Large homes on the Upper East Side, condominium and apartments on the Lower East Side and historical lofts throughout the Third Ward are found throughout District One.

The District One Police Station
is located on the second floor of the Police Administration Building located at 749 W. State Street.

MPD in District One

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

foot beats

Foot Beats & Bicycle Patrols

This allows officers more direct contact with the community and helps to better serve the business and entertainment districts in downtown Milwaukee.

code red

Code RED

Officers in the evening are assigned to patrol areas with large concentrations of restaurants and bars in District One. The officers' goal is to provide a safe environment for patrons to enjoy these areas.

harbor patrol

Harbor Patrol

Serving the lakefront and river areas of District One. Officers work to maintain boating safety and to provide search and rescue services, helping boaters in distress and ensure safe watercraft operation. This unit is especially focused on water safety during large events like 4th of July Fireworks.

mounted patrol

Mounted Patrol

Mainly working downtown to provide support to patrolling officers, The Mounted Patrol support safety efforts and crowd management during festivals and other highly attended events.


Homeless Outreach Team

Officers work with homeless individuals to help them receive support, services, and ultimately housing options. Their focus is not to arrest or cite individuals, but to help them break the cycle of homelessness. They often provide clothing, food and hygiene items to the homeless who otherwise may go without.

District One 2017 Crime Stats vs. Previous Year

Versus the previous year, decreases in robberies (-14%), armed robberies (-18%), and motor vehicle thefts (-20%).




Armed Robbery


Motor Vehicle Theft

Community Leaders

Elizabeth Weirick

Director of BID #21

Beth Weirick has led Milwaukee Downtown, BID (Business Improvement District) #21 since its inception in 1998. She oversees district operations for BID #21’s 150 square blocks, including popular events like Downtown Dining Week, Downtown Employee Appreciation Week and the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival. BID #21 works with the MPD to collaboratively provide an environment in which business and commerce can thrive in downtown Milwaukee.

Stacie Callis

Executive Director of Westown Association

Stacie Callies has been with the Westown Association since 2001 championing social and economic development of the Westown neighborhood through special event marketing, business resources, growth initiatives and public/private partnerships that improve the quality of life and vitality of the district. The MPD has partnered with the Westown Association to help keep this vibrant, safe neighborhood moving in a positive direction.


BID #21

Milwaukee Downtown, BID (Business Improvement District) #21 is an organization established in 1998 to support the interests of the downtown Milwaukee business community. The organization currently manages 150 blocks representing approximately 500 commercial property owners.
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Westown Association

The Westown Association is a business improvement district focused on championing the economic and social development of the Westown Neighborhood.
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MPD Resources

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