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Greenfield Police Respond to Sheriff Clarke's 'Protect Yourself' Ad

Sheriff David Clarke urged listeners to arm themselves with a firearm until his officers can get to the scene. The Greenfield Police Department said that decision is personal and private.

The Greenfield Police Department did its best to separate itself from comments made by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke in Clarke's recent radio ad that urges listeners to arm and defend themselves "until we get there."

In a statement released on its Facebook page, the Greenfield Police Department said Greenfield residents should know:

"No Greenfield officers have been laid off or furloughed;

"Violent crime is down overall and in Greenfield;

"Our response time to violent crime is less than 2 minutes;

"The decision to arm yourself with a firearm is a very personal and private decision that should not be driven by fear that our officers will not respond to your calls for help."

The department suggested if readers do make the decision to own or carry a gun, they should consider taking the department's concealed carry class, hunter safety and education course or join the Citizen Police Academy.

"The men and women of the Greenfield Police Department work tirelessly to promote a feeling of safety and security for our residents," Chief Brad Wentlandt said in an email to elected officials in response to Clarke's ad. "When bad things do happen, our response is swift and our investigative skills are top notch. Our clearance rate for violent crime is one of the highest."

The radio ad reads:

"I’m Sheriff David Clarke and I want to talk to you about something personal.

"Your Safety.

"It’s no longer a spectator sport. I need you in the game. But are you ready?

"With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option.

"You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. But are you prepared?”

"Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until WE get there.

"You have a duty to protect yourself and your family.

"We’re partners now. Can I count on you?

4Greenfield January 28, 2013 at 01:58 AM
So proud to live in Greenfield. So glad we have a leader who obviously thinks before he speaks. Kudos to our chief for his well spoken comments.
robert heule January 28, 2013 at 01:32 PM
I trust our Chief and the rest of our Police Department to keep us safe.Sheriff Clarke continues to "grandstand" as usual.
karen k January 28, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Thank you Greenfield PD!
Joseph January 28, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Ah, how nice to pimp...err, advertise the carry class. I expect my comment will be deleted since free speech is looked down upon if you are a dissenting voice. And how about the 48 Milwaukee County officers who were laid off last year, and the 61 laid off the year before?
Derek January 28, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Since the sheriff isn't responsible for law enforcement anywhere in the county except on the freeway and the 48 deputies worked in the jail it doesn't really matter.
Darrel January 28, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Sheriff Clarke is my hero. He is one of the few community leaders to have comon sense.
Lee January 28, 2013 at 04:12 PM
I think our Chief of police is great, and so are his officers. And Sheriff Clarke is just being Sheriff Clarke. A man looking for a cause.
GreenfieldParent January 28, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Unless they are on the freeway, does the Sheriff's Department even respond to 911 calls? I didn't think so. Didn't the Sheriff also just give up 911 service to the City of Milwaukee? I think what he says will get people charged up, but does he really have anything to do with any of it? I'm not so sure he has common sense like people think he does. I think he has an ego that constantly needs feeding.
Joseph January 28, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Milwaukee County deputies do assist on calls inside the county.
KHD January 28, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Greenfield does an excellent job for all of us that live here, but what happens when you are somewhere else or two minutes isn't fast enough? I think the Sheriff was mainly speaking to the city of Milwaukee and his own force. My wife works in Milwaukee and sometimes doesn't get off until 7:00 or 8:00 P.M. Seriously considering getting her some classes on self defense and conceal and carry. ONLY after she is trained and proficient in the handling and shooting of a firearm. It is better to be prepared ( and hope never to use it ) than having wished you were.
Cheetahita January 28, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Basically Sheriff Clarke is telling people of Milw. they can not rely on calling 911, so how are people who do not want to buy a gun or shoot a gun, supposed to protect themselves? Not everyone feels comfortable around guns. Guns are not for everyone. I guess people that don't want a gun in their homes are out of luck according to Clarke, since they can't rely on 911. So glad I live in the city of Greenfield.
robert heule January 28, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Sheriff Clark has no respect for local police. Shortly after he took office when appointed by former Governor Mc Callum, he told the Chiefs in Milwaukee County that he was in charge of law enforcement everywhere. That may be technically true, but that was 1848 law. We now depend on local police unless assistance is called for. I recall a news article saying that when he was a Milwaukee cop, he was suspended for a gun violation.
CowDung January 28, 2013 at 10:25 PM
It's been pretty well documented that police response times in Milwaukee city are in need of improvement, but seem to be getting worse. Perhaps Sheriff Clark is on the right track by advising people to be less dependent on 911 for their defense... http://media.jsonline.com/images/RESPONSE07GG.gif
Joseph January 29, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Please cite the accusation or you could possible find yourself in a malice case.
jack ntbox January 29, 2013 at 03:29 AM
he's looking out for us by telling the truth.......think about it. personal protection is up to us! the police show up after the fact to make reports, of your assault, or your rape, of your murder, ok? learn to handle a gun, arm yourself, protect your family, only you can do that when it hits the fan.......can you people handle the truth!!!.
jack ntbox January 29, 2013 at 03:35 AM
I feel so sorry for those of you that depend on the government for your family's safety, and I feel sorry for your family.
jack ntbox January 29, 2013 at 03:52 AM
correction cheetahita............ GUNS "ARE" for everyone, get one, learn to shoot it, get a permit, carry it ! not hard at all. thats what we do here in texas......you will loose that fear the first day you go to a range to shoot it. don't rely on false comfort that a gov.office will save your life ., or your childs life. all these political people wanting to ban guns are protected by guns every day, so why are our children not protected by guns in school, does not matter how many laws you pass, because criminals don't obey laws, only law abiding citizens get denied their rights when you ban guns.
robert heule January 29, 2013 at 04:25 AM
Joseph, its not an accusation, it is information. Don't try words with me. Check the archives of the MJS It is responsible for the information.
Tara January 29, 2013 at 04:38 AM
Having the "feeling" of safety and actually being safe are not the same thing. It's 5-10 seconds to my home defense or personal carry firearm, that's faster than your 2 minute response time and much more effective a deterrent to an imminent threat of violence upon me and mine. So trying to promote police "protection" of each individual by Greenfield police where it does not exist is unrealistic and unfair to the people you serve. Even in this article Greenfield police agree with Sheriff Clarke that if you're going to use a firearm for defense, then get properly trained. Wake up people, you are in fact responsible for your own safety!
Cheetahita January 29, 2013 at 05:03 AM
jack ntbox; Correction: Guns are not for everyone. Just because you want to own a gun does not give you the right to say everyone wants or needs a gun. It is a choice. I don't think someone has to be an Einstein to learn how to handle and shoot a gun. That was not my point. Many people I know personally choose not to have guns in their homes. I was a single mom raising my son for over 18 yrs. and not once did I think we would be safer with a gun in my home, just the opposite. My mother and father, who came over here from Ireland and raised 7 children, never had a gun in the house. None of my siblings, who have grown children, have ever had guns in their houses. If you want a gun in your house that is your choice. Don't speak for others and say guns are for everyone, because they are not. It is a choice. Respect my choice and I'll respect yours.
KHD January 29, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Robert heule-- Where is the link please
robert heule January 29, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Howdy, boys y'all know there's bad sheriff in town
LLALLTHEWAY January 29, 2013 at 05:47 PM
There's bad cops everywhere even in Greenfield, the chief is one of them-- crooked as the day is long -- sticky fingers too--- good luck Greenfield people your going to need it
robert heule January 29, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Everyone attending a Buck or Marquette game at the Bradley Center should bring a gun with them. A bat may be at large during the game and bite a fan or worse yet delay the game. There may not be time to call 911 or summon a usher or a security guard. The people have the right to defend themselves against these flying attackers.
Frances Ziegler January 30, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Those are NOT there only areas in which they are used.
Frances Ziegler January 30, 2013 at 02:15 AM
I believe what Sheriff Clarke stated was fact. A person should not have to depend on the Police Department for everything, but reality is that we do. If you purchase a gun, please take a gun safety course. But do not become arrogant about it and think you are all that and can take care of yourself. Everyone needs a backup plan. I'd like to know what is next - are we going to be responsible for putting out our own fires? Give ourselves medical aide. Sometimes we just plain need help.
robert heule February 13, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Will Clarke tell the people to "own a drone"?

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